‘Prosecute Saudi royals for Yemen war crimes’


This video from the USA says about itself:

Amnesty International Reveals the Bomb That Killed 16 Civilians in Yemen Was Made in the U.S.A.

22 September 2017

A major new investigation by Amnesty International reveals a bomb that killed 16 civilians in Yemen’s capital last month was made in the U.S.A. Among the survivors was 5-year-old Buthaina, whose photograph went viral in the aftermath of the strike. She lost her entire family in the strike.

Amnesty International’s arms expert analyzed remnants of the weapon and found clear markings that matched U.S.-made components used in laser-guided, air-dropped bombs. Coalition airstrikes continue to be the leading cause of child casualties, as well as overall civilian casualties. The latest finding by Amnesty comes as some European Union countries recently tabled a motion at the U.N. Human Rights Council calling for an independent inquiry into human rights abuses committed by all sides in the conflict. The U.N. high commissioner for human rights has called the humanitarian crisis in Yemen an “entirely man-made catastrophe.” We speak with Raed Jarrar, the advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International USA.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Human Rights for Yemen seeks war crimes prosecutions over Saudi atrocities

Wednesday 13th December 2017

Bloody war by Saudi-led coalition should see perpetrators punished, says Britain-based group

YEMENI rights activists announced yesterday that they are applying to the Attorney General for states and officials involved in the Saudi-led coalition to be prosecuted for war crimes.

According to the UN, war-riven Yemen has been brought to the brink of starvation because of the coalition’s blockade, its infrastructure wrecked by a devastating air bombing campaign that has lasted more than two years.

The British-based Human Rights for Yemen group is seeking to hold the Saudi Arabian, UAE and Qatari regimes and their officials to account in British courts.

Director Kim Sharif said: “The UK has a moral and legal duty to uphold the rule of law.

“The government has willingly ignored the atrocities that have been inflicted on the people of Yemen and has been totally complicit in the destruction.

“We believe that Saudi forces are committing war crimes and violating the Geneva Convention.

“We are calling for this to be investigated immediately and are confident that there is jurisdiction to bring such proceedings in UK courts.”

According to the Campaign Against Arms Trade, the British government has licensed £4.6 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia since its ongoing assault against Yemen began in 2015.

More than 2,000 schools and educational centres have suffered air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition according to evidence gathered by the Legal Centre for Rights & Development based in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. This amounts to thousands of war crimes, Human Rights for Yemen says.

More than 20 million people are dependent on aid, according to International Committee of the Red Cross, and Unicef figures show that 130 children die per day due to malnutrition and disease.

Nearly a million people have been affected by an ongoing cholera epidemic largely attributable to the destruction of the country’s infrastructure and schools, hospitals, homes, mosques, heritage sites and newsrooms have been destroyed in the bombardment and funerals, weddings and other civilian gatherings targeted.

Earlier this month an air strike on the building of the national TV station al-Yemen al-Yowm in Sanaa resulted in several journalists being killed according to Almasirah, Yemen’s Houthi rebels’ TV channel.

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