Yemen’s national commission for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has urged the world body to reconsider its decision to remove the Saudi-led military coalition from its blacklist of child-killers and instead refer such crimes to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
In a statement on Tuesday, the Yemeni commission censured the UN’s recent pro-Saudi move, describing it as a major failure for the world body and its humanitarian principles.
The UN decision ignores the confessions of members of the Saudi-led coalition regarding massacres of Yemeni kids and the legal reports issued by the UN’s own bodies that prove the coalition’s involvement in the killings, starvation and beatings of Yemeni children, it further said.
The UN decision is a sign of “mercy” for the atrocities of the Saudi regime and its allies, paving the way for the military coalition to commit even more crimes with impunity and disregard of international law, said the commission.
It said the move proved discrimination in the UN’s approach toward children’s rights and will have a negative impact on the future generations’ view of the history and the role of the United Nations, it added.
The decision would undermine the UN Yemen envoy’s efforts to end the years-long conflict and a deadly blockade of the Yemeni children, it said, calling on regional and international organizations to stand by Yemeni children and protect their rights against Saudi atrocities.