Islamic World Peace Forum (IWPF) On Removal of Saudi Arabia from the Blacklist of Countries Violating Children Rights and Killing the Children in Yemen

Saudi Arabia waged a unilateral full-fledge war on people of Yemen on May 18, 2015 on the pretext of supporting the former Yemeni President Abd Abbu Hadi. Later on, with the support of some Western countries, Riyadh formed a coalition of some regional Arab countries and intensified its attacks and bombardment of defenseless civilians, children and women in Yemen. In violation of international conventions banning attacks on civilians, in more than 15 months, several schools, hospitals, mosques as well as fundamental infrastructures of Yemen were targeted and demolished by Saudi Arabia and its allies. Regrettably, during this period, according to the statistics released by the UN High Commission of Human Rights, more than 830 defenseless civilians, including 510 children, were killed by the coalition in Yemen.
The United Nations and its Security Council, as the most important international organization in charge of maintaining peace and security, have not thus far taken any deterrent measure to stop these attacks. However, in June this year, after the savage attacks and widespread illegitimate killings of children, Saudi Arabia was blacklisted by the UN for killing of Yemeni children.
Unfortunately, this UN measure did not last long and due to Saudi threats and intimidation as well as support of the arrogant front, Saudi Arabia’s name was removed from the list of countries killing children and violating children’s rights. The removal caused serious criticism by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, which proves the weakness and inefficiency of the United Nations.  
The Islamic World Peace Forum (IWPF), as a Non-Governmental Organization active in the field of establishment of just peace in the world, maintains that: first, the United Nations reacted to the Saudi attacks on Yemen and published its report on violators of children rights after a long delay of more than a year. The report blamed Saudi Arabia for 60 percent of child deaths and injuries in Yemen war. The move could acknowledge the humanitarian responsibilities of this international organization. But, shortly after the release of the report, the UN Secretary General in an unprecedented move removed Saudi Arabia from the UN Child Rights Blacklist. The move which was undertaken, due to pressures by Saudi Arabia and its allies, caused strong criticism by international human rights centers as well as the media.
Maintaining that such illogical unilateral measures by the most important international organization is not acceptable at all, the IWPF also believes that such measures underline the inefficiency of the UN in discharging its legal duties.
Reminding the UN the observation of international conventions on protection of civilians, the IWPF criticizes the performance of the UN Secretary General, Ban ki-moon, who is completing the last year of his second term in office, for surrendering to the inhuman demand of the government of Saudi Arabia, which is below the dignity and prestige of his honorable position.
The IWPF announces openly that: After the UN surrendered to the pressures of Saudi-led military coalition and removed Saudi Arabia from the UN Child Rights Blacklist, the prestige and validity of this organization is more than ever been eroded.
In conclusion, the IWPF maintains that undoubtedly the surrender of such an important organization to illogical pressures and irrational demands of a group of countries not only puts to question the Statute of this organization which calls for equal protection of rights of all citizens in different parts of the world, but also will prepare the grounds for spread of chaos and insecurity by such groups and countries. Therefore, it is necessary for the UN to take its decisions on the basis of international law and norms and apply them equally to all without any discrimination. Also the UN is expected to take active measures to stop inhuman atrocities being perpetrated by Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

Islamic World Peace Forum
June 2016

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