When the United Nations controversially put Saudi Arabia in charge of a key U.N. human rights panel, I recoiled in revolt, as did others.
Saudi Arabia is not qualified to adjudicate in the international arena on human rights as the very ideology the state is founded upon, Wahhabism, is austere, intolerant and inhumane.
Earlier this year I had the unique opportunity to live in Saudi Arabia for six weeks to study Arabic as part of a knowledge exchange program. At first glance the kingdom has evidently evolved from being an unforgiving desert terrain to modern apartment blocks and skyscrapers. Scratch the surface however and one soon uncovers an ultra-conservative and unequal society on many levels.