U.N. Quickly Removes Saudi-Led Coalition From Its List of Child Killers
I suppose it’s a big “Oops!” since some nations are not to be held accountable for their actions. Alex Emmons reports at The Intercept:
Under intense pressure from the Saudi Arabian government, the U.N. Secretary General removed the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition in Yemen from a blacklist of child-killers only 72 hours after the list was made public.
The coalition had been listed in the appendix of the U.N’s annual report onchildren and armed conflict, under “parties that kill or maim children,” and “parties that engage in attacks on schools and/or hospitals.”
According to the report, at least 785 children were killed and 1,168 injured in Yemen last year alone, 60 percent by coalition airstrikes. The report documents dozens of coalition attacks against Yemeni schools and hospitals.
Saudi Arabia is an unlikely but powerful voice in U.N. human rights deliberations. Last year, despite carrying out a record number of beheadings, the kingdom became the chair of the U.N.’s 47-nation Human Rights Council – a decision which met with international outrage, but that the U.S. said it “welcomed.”
In a press conference outside the United Nations Security Council headquarters on Monday, the Saudi ambassador to the U.N. reacted angrily to the child-killing report, and requested that it “be corrected immediately so it does not reflect the accusations that have been made against the coalition.”
Since the war started in March 2015, more than 6,400 people have been killed, the majority by coalition bombs. The Saudi-led coalition has also devastated Yemen by imposing a strict naval blockade on the desert nation, which imports 90 percent of its food and 100 percent of its medicine.
According to UNICEF in March, nearly 320,000 children in Yemen are at risk of “severe acute malnutrition.” UNICEF also estimated that the war caused more than 10,000 Yemeni children under the age of five to die from preventable diseases, and said millions more are at risk of diarrheal diseases, respiratory infections and measles.
The Saudi government put out a series of statements Monday condemning the report and praising the war . . .
Continue reading. We have taught the Saudi government a lot, apparently.