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UK Equally Guilty of Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

Posted by feww on July 25, 2017

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– UK Report # 39 –

Brits choose to remain deafeningly silent, while war crimes are being committed in their names

Background Summary:

UK approved £283m of arms sales to Saudis after airstrike on Yemen funeral

“The British government approved £283m of arms sales to Saudi Arabia in the six months after a Saudi airstrike on a funeral that killed scores of people and was criticised [sic] by the UN, figures reveal.

“The airstrike, on 8 October 2016, hit a funeral hall in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, killing 140 people and injuring hundreds more, in one of the bloodiest attacks in the two-year Saudi-led campaign in Yemen.”

The World Health Organization has recorded 1,828 deaths from cholera since the outbreak in April, one of the largest outbreaks since records began in 1949.

Some 360,000 suspected cholera cases have been recorded in just three months since the outbreak started in April, making the outbreak  the largest ever recorded in any country in a single year since records began in 1949.

About 20 million people need humanitarian assistance across Yemen, while three and a half million have fled their homes since the outbreak of the ongoing conflict in September 2014.

The war has pushed the country to the verge of famine

“It has precipitated a crisis which has left 7 million people on the brink of starvation,” said Oxfam.

“Those countries providing the arms and military support, such as the US and the UK, are fueling a war that is causing wide-spread suffering and tipping a whole nation towards a catastrophe. It is hard to imagine how much more Yemen can take before it collapses entirely.”

“In 2016, Saudi Arabia spent nearly $3 billion on arms from the world’s major arms exporters.”

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[Review prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • UK Reports Nos. 01 – 39 are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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UK’s Nazi Judges a Blight on Humanity

Posted by feww on July 10, 2017

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– UK Report # 33 –

Evil High Court rules UK govt arms sales to Saudi Arabia “lawful”

“Lord Justice Burnett and Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, sitting in London, said the decision to carry on the arms trade was not unlawful,” a report said.

The judges said “closed material,” which have been kept secret from the public, allegedly for national security reasons, “provides valuable additional support for the conclusion that the decisions taken by the secretary of state not to suspend or cancel arms sales to Saudi Arabia were rational.”

Sleeping with the Enemy

The shamelessly racist judges’ decision is consistent with Donald Trump’s appeasement of Saudi Arabia, the no. 1 terrorism exporting state.

Weapons sold to Saudi Arabia include Typhoon and Tornado fighter jets, as well as precision-guided bombs, which they have used to kill more than 10,000 people and maim tens of thousands of others in Yemen’s “forgotten war.”

UK govt is clearly aiding and abetting war  crimes committed by Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

[Review prepared by an affiliated team of political scientists.]

  • Reports UK 01 – 33 are available in full from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

 

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UN Must List Saudi-Led Coalition for Violating Child Rights in Yemen –Report

Posted by feww on April 20, 2017

For Immediate Release:

***To view report: http://watchlist.org/about/report/yemen/
***Link to live press conference April 20 , 2017, 10:00am EST: http://www.un.org/webcast/

Warring parties committed 160+ attacks on medical facilities and personnel over past two years 

The UN should put Saudi Arabia back on a list of violators of children’s rights because of attacks on hospitals in Yemen.

  • Warring parties committed at least 160 attacks on medical facilities and personnel over past two years, including deadly airstrike on children’s hospital.
  • Attacks have contributed to closure of hospitals and worsened health conditions for children.

NEW YORK – A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen must be named in the UN’s annual list of perpetrators of child rights violations for carrying out repeated attacks on medical facilities and personnel, a new report says today.

The report, by Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict and Save the Children, documents a series of deadly attacks on hospitals and medics over the past two years – and calls on UN Secretary – General António Guterres to add the Saudi Arabia – led coalition to his list of those responsible for grave violations of children’s rights in conflict.

  • In 2016 then – UN Secretary – General Ban Ki – moon briefly listed the coalition for killing children and attacking schools and hospitals in Yemen, only to later remove it after pressure from Saudi Arabia. This year’s UN report on Children and Armed Conflict is due to be published in the coming months.
  • Appearing on the list is an international embarrassment for states and non – state actors , which can usually only be removed after meeting UN – verified benchmarks for ending and preventing violations.
  • In addition to the Saudi Arabia – led coalition, other warring parties in Yemen have also been implicated in the 160 attacks on medical facilities and personnel over the past two years. These attacks have contributed to damage and destruction of Yemen’s medical facilities, and worsened conditions for children’s health, the report said.
  • Fewer than half of the medical facilities in the country are functioning, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
  • The country is on the brink of famine, with 3.3 million children and pregnant or lactating women suffering from acute malnutrition and more than 460,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, according to OCHA.
  • Every 10 minutes, a child in Yemen dies of preventable causes, according to UNICEF. Since 2014, the mortality rate for children under five has increased by nearly 20 percent, UNICEF said.
  • In one documented case, two infants in incubators reportedly died from a lack of oxygen after a pediatric hospital in Sana a was damaged in an airstrike by the Saudi Arabia – led coalition.
  • Hospitals that remain open face severe shortages of medicine and equipment , in large part due to the de facto naval blockade imposed by the coalition on Yemen’s main port of Hodeidah, the country’s lifeline for food and essential supplies. Warring parties have detained aid workers and hampered the delivery of food and medicine by land.
  • In addition to the Saudi Arabia – led coalition (which consists of ten countries and gets support from the United States), parties to the conflict include Yemeni government forces and the Houthis (also known as Ansar Allah) and their allies.
  • Watchlist also recommends that the United States and other UN member states immediately stop providing weapons to the coalition when there is a chance they may be used in attacks against hospitals and other violations.

Christine Monaghan, research officer at Watchlist, said:
“The UN Secretary – General cannot bow to pressure from Saudi Arabia, but must hold the Saudi Arabia – led coalition responsible for repeated attacks on medical facilities and staff. They are leading to the closure of hospitals, compromising children’s access to treatment, and increasing rates of injury and disease.”

Grant Pritchard, interim country director for Save the Children in Yemen, said:
“For two years bombs have been landing on hospitals, homes, and schools. On the ground our teams are helping children who have been physically and mentally scarred, and are supporting hospitals that are now forced to hold damaged incubators together with sticking tape. All parties have been responsible for the unnecessary deaths of children in Yemen, and the Saudi Arabia – led coalition is among them.

Those responsible must be held to account.” The full report, “Every Day Things are Getting Worse” The Impact on Children of Attacks on Health Care in Yemen, is available here: http://watchlist.org/about/report/yemen/

NOTES:

  • More than half of the health facilities in 16 of the 22 assessed governorates in Yemen are closed or partially functioning due to the conflict, leaving over 14.8 million people in need of basic healthcare including 8.1 million children (OCHA).
  • Yemen is facing the largest food security emergency in the world with 17 million people lacking food : 6.8 million people are in the “ emergency” phase – one stage before famine – and 10.2 million people are in the “ crisis ” phase . There are 3 million (or 20%) more food insecure people in March 2017 compared to June 2016 (IPC Report).
  • According to OCHA (Yemen 2017 HRP), 7,469 people have been killed and 40,483 injured (47,952 total casualties) between March 2015 and December 31, 2016.
  • Between March 2015 and February 23, 2017, 4,667 civilians were killed and 8,180 injured. (OHCHR).

http://watchlist.org/wp-content/uploads/watchlist-yemen-for-immediate-release_final.pdf

The UK has earned about $4billion from arms sales to Saudi Arabia since the Yemen military campaign began in March 2015, which has seen 11,000 Yemeni civilians massacred.

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