Hillel Neuer of UN Watch, for one, isn't the least bit surprised. Outraged: yes. Surprised: not really:
The election of Faisal bin Hassan Trad to chair a panel of independent experts on the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) follows a barrage of criticism aimed at the Saudi regime over its treatment of minorities and its apparent fondness for capital punishment.
Mr Trad, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador at the UN in Geneva, was appointed to the role in June - shortly after the kingdom posted an advert for eight new executioners.
UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer described the move as a victory for cheap oil over human rights.
Mr Neuer said: “Saudi Arabia has arguably the worst record in the world when it comes to religious freedom and women’s rights, and continues to imprison the innocent blogger Raif Badawi.”
Apparently the UN's HRC is copacetic with Wahhabi flogging (and its other draconian punishments, including amputations, beheadings and stoning). But don't get 'em started on the wickedness of the Jewish State because they could (and often do) go on for days and days about that.
Mr Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, who has been leading a campaign to free her husband, said the move gave Saudi Arabia “a green light to start flogging [him] again”.