UN HUMAN RIGHTS WATCHDOG’S CALL ON RIYADH TO HALT ITS AIRSTRIKES IN YEMEN




Mustafa AY – TDO – 13.10.2018 Following Saudi Royal Air Forces’ aerial bombardment campaign on Shia Houthis in Yemen’s city of Sa’ada in 9th of August, a bus with 50 civilians–including in 29 children- was destroyed. Right after such an atrocious carnage, Red Cross officials called on UN to take deterrent action against Riyadh. As a result of Red Cross’s call, initially UN Security Council and then UN General Assembly convened in an urgent session to discuss it. Once UN session ended, Secretary Antonio Guterres released an official statement to denounce Saudi Arabia, which then followed the announcement of foundation of an investigation team to be designated for the purpose of revealing the accountable for civilians’ deaths and prosecuting against those accountable in International Criminal Court.

On Friday, UN Human Rights watchdog called on Riyadh to immediately halt the airstrikes in Yemen and to put the accountable for the carnage in Yemeni city of Sa’ada before ICC. Even if Saudi officials reiterated that there will be no more civilian casualty in war with Houthis in UN Child Rights Panel, which was organized at the last week, that civil casualties continue owing to Saudi airstrikes caused UN Human Rights watchdog to call on Riyadh to halt the airstrikes. During 3-year-long Yemeni Civil War, Saudi Arabia murdered 1.248 children and caused almost the same number of children to get heavily and slightly wounded.