UN rights council ends probe into possible war crimes by Saudi-led coalition in Yemen


PressTV.ir interview with Kevin Barrett, VT Editor, and Robert Fantina

The UN Human Rights Council has voted to drop a UN probe into possible war crimes by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. NGOs and rights groups have decried the decision as intense Saudi arm-twisting. It marked the first time in the council’s 15-year history that a resolution was defeated.

The motion was proposed by several western countries. The Dutch ambassador expressed his disappointment, saying the Council effectively cut the lifeline of the Yemeni people to the international community.

Earlier this week, several rights advocacy groups revealed that Saudi Arabia had been heavily lobbying against the resolution that would extend the mandate of UN investigators in Yemen.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions of others displaced in the Saudi-led war on Yemen since 2015. The UN has already described Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.


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  1. Now they can concentrate on the real human rights abusers, like Syria, Iran, Russia and China! There they will have no problems!

  2. “Intense lobbying” by Saudi Arabia means:
    1) threats of cancelled checks and no payments in the hundreds of billions,
    2) personal death threats to council members from anonymous phone calls and emails
    3) the dates and places of potential future terrorist attacks coming from AlQueda and ISIS.

  3. “”””Countries make up their own rules as they go along”””
    Having the POWER
    to “make up their own rules,” makes it so.
    But sooner or later, a more POWER-full force removes that power, and enforces its OWN rules.

  4. There is no justice in the world. The problem is bribery committed by Israel, Saudis and US to influence decisions – the trend of course started from Israel.

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