Rights Group Blasts UNHRC Resolution on Yemen

A week after the Netherlands called for a United Nations-led investigation into the killing of more than 2,000 civilians in the Yemen war, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva has approved an alternate resolution.

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Al-Jubair condemned the continuous Israeli violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque’s sanctity via policies aimed at dividing it according to time and space levels, warning that the Israeli conduct poses a serious escalation in the conflict, and feeds the violence and extremism in the world. “This also applies to Sudan, where the grave crimes committed in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile will not be thoroughly investigated. We regularly make our views well known, including through the UN Universal Periodic Review process and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s annual Human Rights and Democracy Report, and raise human rights concerns with the Saudi Arabian authorities”.

Saudi Arabia supports the exiled Yemeni president Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Houthi rebels has instituted a blockade at the country’s ports. Stephen O’Brien, the United Nations undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs, announced in August that “a shocking four out of five Yemenis [some 21 million people] require humanitarian assistance and almost 1.5 million people are internally displaced”.

“Human rights violations in this war have occurred and they need to be documented so victims can find relative peace and move on with their lives”. The same has been interpreted and translated by UN Watch, a Geneva-based human rights organisation. On 26 March, coalition forces launched an aerial military campaign against Houthi military targets in Yemen.

The coalition consists of all the States members of the Gulf Cooperation Countries (with the exception of Oman), as well as Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and the Sudan, all strategic partners of the United States.

A fellow at the Yale Information Society Project and student at Yale Law School, Aziz recently wrote the piece “Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia, and Their Gift to Yale”. After all, Saudi Arabia is a member of the board. The company, which operated for almost 50 years in Saudi Arabia, ended its presence in the kingdom with the sale of its 20% stake in Riyadh-based Samba Financial Group in 2004, citing that it was reallocating capital to core investments.

In reality, the death sentence probably has more to do with the fact that al-Nimr is the nephew of an influential cleric critical of the government, who has also been sentenced to death. A few weeks later, Saudi Arabia advertised for eight new executioners. The United States is now preparing to resupply Saudi Arabia with thousands of precision-guided munitions to replace those used in the intervention in Yemen.

Sultana M., a teacher in Sanaa, expects the Saudi-backed proposal to overlook more than just possible Saudi war crimes.

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Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador Faisal Bin Hassan Trad said Yemen was “going through very hard and complicated circumstances” and worldwide assistance would ensure its government could uphold all its human rights obligations.

1 2013 shows jet fighters of the Saudi Royal air force at the Riyadh military airport in the Saudi capital