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Why one of the world's worst human rights offenders is leading a U.N. human rights panel (washingtonpost.com)
"Saudi Arabia had earlier this year sought the leadership slot of the entire Human Rights Council of the U.N., a move that drew criticism given the country's human rights record."
Freedom in the World 2014 (freedomhouse.org)
"The state of freedom declined for the eighth consecutive year in 2013, according to Freedom in the World 2014, Freedom House's annual country-by-country report on global political rights and civil liberties."
Saudi blogger Raif Badawi may receive second set of lashes on Friday (theguardian.com)
"This week Saudi Arabia's supreme court upheld a sentence of 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes on Raif Badawi for insulting Islam. The judgment came despite criticism from the United Nations, United States, European Union, Canada and others."
U.N., rights groups call on Saudi Arabia to spare man from beheading, crucifixion (cnn.com)
"A group of U.N. experts has joined rights groups in calling on Saudi Arabia to halt the execution of a Shiite man convicted of crimes reportedly committed as a teenager during protests inspired by the Arab Spring."