Removing Saudi-led coalition off childkillers list shows ‘powerful actors can get away with murder’
…from Press TV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: Yes, the UN got the Saudis to cut back on their bombing, but got nothing to help the maimed children they created with their ‘bomb first and ask questions later’ bombing methods.
Yemen has a huge rehabilitation bill for seriously injured children who will be invalids possibly all their lives. I have not had medical training, but I know that starving young kids stunts their brains forever.
Maybe that’s what the Saudis really wanted, to have all this walking or crawling around examples of Saudi power. “Mess with us and we will kill your kids, and get off the bad guy list simply by reducing the body count.”
Land strapped UAE has been in the Yemen mess up to its eyeballs, a colonizer in its own right. Yemen might prefer to have the 1800s version without all the modern weapons.
That said, the Crown Prince has been staying out of the press for some time now. I Googled him, and there is nothing I see published even quoting him after March. Something is going on there, and more ominous, no media seem to be asking… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … June 15, 2020 –
The United Nations has removed the Saudi-led coalition from a blacklist for killing and injuring children in Yemen, a move that has drawn widespread drawn condemnation and criticism from several human rights organizations.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday removed the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition from a United Nations blacklist, several years after it was first named and shamed for killing and injuring children in Yemen.
Guterres said the coalition would “be delisted for the violation of killing and maiming, following a sustained significant decrease in killing and maiming due to air strikes” and the implementation of measures aimed at protecting children, adding that the coalition would be subjected to one year of monitoring and “any failure” to further decrease child casualties would result in it being listed again next year.
“The Secretary-General is adding a new level of shame to his ‘list of shame’ by removing the Saudi-led coalition and ignoring the UN’s own evidence of continued grave violations against children,” said Jo Becker, children’s rights advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.
Adrianne Lapar, director of Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, an international advocacy group, said that by removing the Saudi-led coalition, which also includes the United Arab Emirates, “the Secretary-General sends the message that powerful actors can get away with killing children. “She called for an independent and transparent assessment of the process of delisting the coalition, “to ensure that all violators are held to the same standard, no matter who they or their friends are.”
Gamba replied in response to a question on whether Saudi Arabia offered the UN any incentives to get off the list, “absolutely not.”
Supported militarily by the United States, Britain, and other Western countries, Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in order to bring former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crush the Houthi Ansarullah movement.
The invaders have also enforced an all-out aerial, naval, and land blockade on the impoverished country.
The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past five years.
More than half of Yemen’s hospitals and clinics have been destroyed or closed at a time when Yemenis are in desperate need of medical supplies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.