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Saudi Arabia has been named as the head of a UN commission expected to promote gender equality and empower women around the world, which has been condemned by human rights groups for the kingdom's poor record on women's rights.

Saudi Arabia's UN Ambassador Abdulaziz Alwasil was elected "by applause" as chair of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on Wednesday, as there were no rival candidates and no opposition at the CSW's annual meeting in New York. .

Alwasil was approved by the group of Asia-Pacific countries in the commission. There was silence in the chamber when the outgoing president, Filipino UN envoy Antonio Manuel Lagdameo, asked the 45 members if they had any objections.

Bangladesh was expected to take over the mandate in the commission, but Saudi Arabia stepped in late in the process and lobbied for the chairmanship. This is widely seen as an attempt to burnish the kingdom's image.

Human rights groups have noted the irony that CSW is led by a country where the gap between men's and women's rights is so wide, even on paper.

Sherine Tadros, head of Amnesty International's New York office, pointed out that Saudi Arabia will take the presidency next year on the 30th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration, a landmark plan to advance women's rights at the global level.

"Whoever the president is, Saudi Arabia is now in a key position to influence the planning, decisions, evaluation and outlook in a critical year for the commission," Tadros continued.

  "Saudi Arabia is now at the helm, but its record on women's rights is very poor and far from the commission's mandate."

America News Agency


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