UN head pressured by members to remove Saudi child Killers in Yemen from blacklist

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Fresh from supporting the ISIS in Syria, It appears that the Saudis, busy slaughtering the poorest people in the world in Yemen with US and UK supplied high tech weaponry, are showing their true colours yet again by biasing UN decisions using financial blackmail and UN allies:

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The United Nations has removed a Saudi-led coalition from a children's rights blacklist after it faced “bullying, threats” and “pressure” from the country’s Muslim allies, it has been claimed.

The Gulf state group was placed on the United Nations list over its military campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen, after the UN report on children and armed conflict said the coalition was responsible for 60 per cent of all child deaths and injuries in the troubled country last year.

According to UN figures, more than 510 children were killed by the coalition and nearly 700 wounded. The group was also said to be responsible for half the attacks on schools and hospitals.
'Bullying' forced the UN to remove Saudi Arabia from children's rights blacklist

Saudi Arabia allegedly threatened to pull hundreds of millions of dollars of funding from UN humanitarian projects in places such as Palestine, and sources told Reuters that Riyadh threatened to hold a meeting of Muslim clerics to issue a fatwa declaring the UN "un-Islamic".

Human rights group Amnesty International criticised the UN for "blatant pandering" to Saudi Arabia that "undermines all of the UN's work to protect children caught up in war."
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/08/saudi-arabia-united-nations-blacklist-yemen-ban-ki-moon

That removal prompted angry reactions from human rights groups, which accused Ban of caving in to pressure from powerful countries. They said that Ban, currently in the final year of his second term, risked harming his legacy as UN secretary-general.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the sources said Ban’s office was bombarded with calls from Gulf Arab foreign ministers, as well as ministers from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), after the blacklisting was announced last week. One UN official spoke of a “full-court press” over the blacklisting.

“Bullying, threats, pressure,” another diplomatic source told Reuters on condition of anonymity about the reaction to the blacklisting, adding that it was “real blackmail”.

The source said there was also a threat of “clerics in Riyadh meeting to issue a fatwa against the UN, declaring it anti-Muslim, which would mean no contacts of OIC members, no relations, contributions, support, to any UN projects, programs”.

A fatwa is a legal opinion used in Islamic sharia law. In Saudi Arabia fatwas can only be issued by the group of top, government-appointed clerics and are sometimes commissioned by the ruling family to back up its political positions.

Responding to the allegations, the Saudi ambassador to the UN, Abdallah al-Mouallimi, said, “we don’t use threats or intimidation”, and Riyadh was “very committed to the United Nations”.
Yeah right! :roll:
 
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As Disraeli said 'great powers have no permanent friends - only permanent interests'. 10% of the worlds oil supply comes through the Persian Gulf. With American-Iranian ties still frosty and AIPAC determined to keep it that way, the Saudi relationship becomes all the more important.
 

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Fresh from supporting the ISIS in Syria, It appears that the Saudis, busy slaughtering the poorest people in the world in Yemen with US and UK supplied high tech weaponry, are showing their true colours yet again by biasing UN decisions using financial blackmail and UN allies:
Can a country become more utterly vile than Saudi Arabia? North Korea perhaps. The last shred of respect I had for the UN as an institution worth paying attention to was lost upon their recent appointment (a country which refuses to sign the UDHR) to "Human Rights" chairs. Eugh. I feel unwell.
 

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I look forward to Mick Wallace, AAAPBP, Clare Daly, Rich Boy Barrett and Eamon Ryan protesting at the next Saudi visit. Oh wait....
 
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Can a country become more utterly vile than Saudi Arabia? North Korea perhaps. The last shred of respect I had for the UN as an institution worth paying attention to was lost upon their recent appointment (a country which refuses to sign the UDHR) to "Human Rights" chairs. Eugh. I feel unwell.

Almost liked that, but you had to ruin it by bringing in some of the usual US propaganda

I don't ever remember North Korea bombing children in the poorest country in the world. do you?

In fact North Korea itself was the victim of carpet bombing by the US killing millions.
23% of their entire population in fact.

No doubt hundreds of thousands of children were dismembered by this bombing


[video=youtube;31wy85JcWPA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31wy85JcWPA[/video]
 
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I look forward to Mick Wallace, AAAPBP, Clare Daly, Rich Boy Barrett and Eamon Ryan protesting at the next Saudi visit. Oh wait....
Don't be an idiot. If you wish to comment on the OP please do but if you want to talk about politicians you dislike then start your own thread. Nice to see you attempting to derail a thread about the saudis, people who execute people for being gay. Certainly puts your posts about russian behaviour towards gay folk in perspective. :roll:
 

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Don't be an idiot. If you wish to comment on the OP please do but if you want to talk about politicians you dislike then start your own thread. Nice to see you attempting to derail a thread about the saudis, people who execute people for being gay. Certainly puts your posts about russian behaviour towards gay folk in perspective. :roll:
It has everything to do with the Saudis.
 

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The Saudi Royal family are not all the same. They are split down the middle.

The more moderate faction is the Faisal branch of the Saudi royals.

The conservative opposition within the House of Saud, that controls oil and gas production, and has strong ties with the influential bin Laden family and the radical Ikhwan Wahhabi imams, is the Sudairi branch of the Saudi royals.

The Faisal branch are a moderate influence with potential to bring positive change and defeat extremism. They can be worked with in a normal, honest manner.

Sorry for bringing this nuance into another yet another thread aimed at demonising the big bad imperialist US. :roll:

That said, I don't know what the hell they are doing leading up the UN human rights committee where they are obviously working to introduce odious sharia flavours to international human rights legislation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairo_Declaration_on_Human_Rights_in_Islam
 

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Sigh... What canya do?
Well you could try not using a thread about Saudi Arabia's rotten behaviour
as a transparent excuse to put the boot into North Korea! :roll:

Are you ever off the clock on the US geopolitical agenda Kevin?? :p
 
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The Saudi Royal family are not all the same. They are split down the middle.

The more moderate faction is the Faisal branch of the Saudi royals.

The conservative opposition within the House of Saud, that controls oil and gas production, and has strong ties with the influential bin Laden family and the radical Ikhwan Wahhabi imams, is the Sudairi branch of the Saudi royals.

The Faisal branch are a moderate influence with potential to bring positive change and defeat extremism. They can be worked with in a normal, honest manner.

Sorry for bringing this nuance into another yet another thread aimed at demonising the big bad imperialist US. :roll:

That said, I don't know what the hell they are doing leading up the UN human rights committee where they are obviously working to introduce odious sharia flavours to international human rights legislation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairo_Declaration_on_Human_Rights_in_Islam
Yeeah those saudis are really nice guys at heart :roll:

And WTF are you on about Re: "demonising the US." They are not the topic of the OP. They were only mentioned incidentally in that they supply the saudi weapons used on the poor Yemenese. Is that not a fact.

And it was Parlon who brought up NK, not me, I merely injected some perspective to balance his comment.

Not demonising anyone here. Merely stating facts.


I'm sorry if these facts are uncomfortable for you.
 

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Sigh... What canya do?
Not much, it would appear. :roll:

"For every fact there is an infinity of hypotheses.”

That seems to be lost on old dammit. Never mind his cherry-picking of only the "facts" that suit him to suit his one over-arching hypothesis. (which is mind the most moronic hypothesis out there doing the rounds of the malcontent and half-witted these days.)
 

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By contrast the Irish political establishment are busily figuring out how they can kow tow to the UN and allow abortion in Ireland.



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I think they have replaced Saudi with Ireland as a 'rouge state'....
 
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Not much, it would appear. :roll:

"For every fact there is an infinity of hypotheses.

That seems to be lost on old dammit. Never mind his cherry-picking of only the "facts" that suit him to suit his one over-arching hypothesis. (which is mind the most moronic hypothesis out there doing the rounds of the malcontent and half-witted these days.)

Unlike yourself, scrupulously truthful and objective to the end! :roll:
 

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Are there any links to the blacklist itself, so we can see which other countries are on it?
 

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It really just shows how defunct and irrelevant the UN is as an institution or organization.
 


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