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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:
'Bullying' forced the UN to remove Saudi Arabia from children's rights blacklistThe 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.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...ia-united-nations-blacklist-yemen-ban-ki-moonSaudi 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."
Yeah right! :roll: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”.