End Ye­men airstrikes

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A UN hu­man rights body called on Saudi Ara­bia to end airstrikes in Ye­men and start en­sur­ing the per­pe­tra­tors of at­tacks on chil­dren are brought to jus­tice.

The call by the UN com­mit­tee on the rights of the child will add fur­ther pres­sure on the Saudis to re­think the four-year war in Ye­men, The Guardian wrote.

The lat­est UN re­port from a 15-strong panel in Geneva found that since March 2015 at least 1,248 chil­dren have been killed and the same num­ber in­jured, amount­ing to about 20% of the to­tal deaths and in­jury since the war be­gan.

The re­port con­demns “the dra­matic con­se­quences for civil­ians, and par­tic­u­larly for chil­dren who are be­ing killed, maimed, or­phaned, and trau­ma­tized, of mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions, ag­gra­vated by an aerial and naval block­ade that has ren­dered many mil­lions of peo­ple, in­clud­ing a high pro­por­tion of chil­dren, food in­se­cure”.

It says the in­de­pen­dent as­sess­ments un­der­taken by Saudis of their air raids are “in­suf­fi­ciently in­de­pen­dent, lack de­tail and have no mech­a­nism for en­force­ment”.

The panel said: “There has been no case, let alone a case in­volv­ing child ca­su­al­ties, re­cruit­ment or use of chil­dren in armed hos­til­i­ties, where its in­ves­ti­ga­tions led to pros­e­cu­tions and/or dis­ci­plinary sanc­tions im­posed upon in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing mil­i­tary of­fi­cials.”

All al­le­ga­tions of un­law­ful at­tacks on chil­dren should be pur­sued ef­fec­tively and the per­pe­tra­tors brought to jus­tice with ap­pro­pri­ate sanc­tions, in or­der to pre­vent and fight against im­punity, they added. Turkey’s govern­ment has told US of­fi­cials it has au­dio and video proof that miss­ing Saudi jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi was killed and dis­mem­bered in­side the Saudi Con­sulate in Is­tan­bul, the Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported Fri­day.

The news­pa­per, for which Khashoggi is a colum­nist, cited anony­mous of­fi­cials as say­ing the record­ings show a Saudi se­cu­rity team de­tained the writer when he went to the con­sulate on Oct. 2 to pick up a doc­u­ment for his up­com­ing wed­ding.

A del­e­ga­tion from Saudi Ara­bia ar­rived in Turkey Fri­day as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the writer’s dis­ap­pear­ance.



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