Saudis Killed 502 Children in Yemen in Past Year

19 August, 2017, 05:18 | Author: Darrell Lopez
  • Saudis Killed 502 Children in Yemen in Past Year

A Saudi-led military coalition conducting airstrikes in Yemen committed "grave violations" of human rights against children a year ago, killing 502 and injuring 838, according to a draft report by the U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

The "vicious and brutal" war between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and Iran-allied Houthi rebels is frequently conducted with complete disregard for global humanitarian law, Stephen O'Brien told the Security Council at a briefing in NY.

The draft report on children and armed conflict, which still has to be approved by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and is subject to change, blamed the Saudi-led coalition for more than 680 child casualties and three-quarters of the attacks on schools and hospitals in Yemen.

It will be up to Guterres to decide whether to return the Saudi-led coalition to a child rights blacklist annexed to the report.

The Saudi coalition was included on that blacklist in 2016, at least originally, though after Saudi Arabia demanded changes, on the grounds that the United Nations had endorsed their 2015 invasion, the United Nations quietly removed them from the blacklist.




"The killing and maiming of children remained the most prevalent violation" of children's rights in Yemen, according to the 41-page draft report obtained by Foreign Policy. Saudi Arabia denied threatening Ban. And they have enlisted the support of the United States, which has urged the U.N. not to list the Saudi-led coalition, saying it's unfair to implicate all coalition members, like those who have not engaged in atrocities, according to two well-placed sources.

Another diplomat said however that "no progress" had been made on a joint declaration made in June by the UN Security Council, which called on all warring parties in Yemen to facilitate aid deliveries to the country. If this Coalition has taken action by 2016 to limit the consequences of the conflict in their regard, "serious violations against children continued at a high level which is unacceptable", it is written in the document addressed to the security Council of the UN.

Gamba told Foreign Policy that the contents of the final report, which is still being discussed with various United Nations offices, have "not been finalized".

But now a leaked copy of this year's draft report says Saudi should once again be named and shamed for suspected war crimes against children in Yemen.

Recommended:



Popular

New Apple Watch model nears mass production
Since Apple doesn't share Apple Watch sales and shipment numbers, the estimates are coming from parts suppliers. Unfortunately using eSIM tech will mean that LTE connectivity will be limited to certain countries and markets.

Lindsey Graham to Trump: "History is watching us all".
In a separate tweet , he called Flake "WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate". He said Trump "failed the presidential test of moral leadership".

Victoria man in Barcelona tweets about walking Las Ramblas today
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said on Twitter that his thoughts were with the victims of "this barbaric terrorist attack". In a tweet , the Catalan government has asked citizens to not pass through the area attacked by the terrorists.

Apple puts up $1bn for Hollywood shows
"Further, Apple's $ 1 billion original content budget is likely on a par with its main rivals: Netflix , Amazon and Hulu". The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple already have $1 billion primed to invest on "original content".

Ukraine denies selling missile technology to North Korea
Xi urged Washington and Pyongyang to avoid words or actions that could worsen the situation. McMaster, President Donald Trump's national security adviser, said on August 13.

Utah's 3rd District special election
Curtis, the mayor of Provo, Utah, earned 40.5% of the vote , while fellow Provo politician Christopher Herrod received 31.1%. While polling has shown a clear front-runner in the race, recent surveys have suggested a tightening contest.

Trump congratulates 2 candidates in GOP contest
That election is scheduled for September 26th. "Fifteen years ago, I actually went up against the Klan and we won", Jones said. The two men, who represent different factions within the Alabama Republican Party, will face off in a September 26 runoff.

First Case Of Equine West Nile Virus For 2017 Reported In Colorado
There have been no human cases in DeKalb County this year, but the department is urging residents to take preventative measures. Of the nearly 600 people who tested positive for the Zika virus since 2015 in California, none were infected locally.

Apple Wants To Bring Apple Watch To Millions of Aetna Customers
In terms of shipments, Kuo believes that the Apple Watch Series 3 will reach 8 to 9 million units during the second half of 2017. Partnering with Aetna could boost the sales of Apple Watch whose functions coincide with the latter's campaign for wellness.

Charlottesville crisis: Twitter account names and shames white supremacists
Smith started the @YesYoureRacist Twitter account in October 2012, partly inspired by racism directed at President Barack Obama. There are flaws to it, of course. "He wasn't a ideal man, but I want to honour and respect what he stood for during his time".