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2016-06-13 04:46:13

Toothless UN: Saudia threats UN to delist her from Child abuse list

 

Ban Ki-moon publicly acknowledged Thursday that he removed the Saudi-led coalition currently bombing Yemen from a blacklist of child killers – 72 hours after it was published – due to a financial threat to defund United Nations programs.The UN’s 2015 “Children and Armed Conflict” report originally listed the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen under “parties that kill or maim children” and “parties that engage in attacks on schools and/or hospitals.” The report, which was based on the work of UN researchers in Yemen, attributed 60 percent of the 785 children killed and 1,168 injured to the Saudi-led aggression. After loud public objections from the Saudi government, Ban said on Monday that he was revising the report to “review jointly the cases and numbers cited in the text,” in order to “reflect the highest standards of accuracy possible.”

But on Thursday, he described his real motivation. “The report describes horrors no child should have to face,” Ban said at a press conference.  “At the same time, I also had to consider the very real prospect that millions of other children would suffer grievously if, as was suggested to me, countries would defund many UN programs. Children already at risk in Palestine, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and so many other places would fall further into despair.” Apparently, the Saudis and their allies threatened to pull funding from UN programmes which could affect millions of children in Palestine, Syria and Yemen itself. Riyadh and some of the other Gulf states provide millions of dollars in funds to various UN programmes. These developments indicate that instead of any principles, the international order is very much governed by raw power and chequebook diplomacy. In the past, Israel was also kept off the UN blacklist, despite its use of brutal force in Gaza, largely due to US pressure. While the UN blacklist is critical of both Yemeni loyalists and rebels, figures indicate that the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for 60pc of children’s deaths in the war in 2015. It is unfortunate that the UN backed down in the face of threats and intimidation. If those who are supposed to uphold universal humanitarian principles buckle under pressure, what hope is there for the vulnerable of the world?

pk.shafaqna.com

 

 

 

 

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