Saudi crown prince not welcome, arrest him

 Saudia Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and US President Donald Trump

By Kim Sharif in Britain:

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Yemen: War criminals are not welcome here

Rather than being treated to a state visit, writes KIM SHARIF, Saudia Arabia’s crown prince should face arrest for the atrocities he has committed against the people of Yemen

WITH the deteriorating situation in Yemen due to the “worst man-made catastrophe” in the world today, we say it shames us as a nation greatly if we are to receive the architect of this catastrophe, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman, on a state visit.

We have a legal and moral duty, however, to summon him to our courts to answer charges of war crimes under British law.

The law is very clear on this point: there is jurisdiction to try in British courts anyone who commits war crimes anywhere in the world, whatever their diplomatic status.

Will the rule of law prevail or will “political expediency” debase our legal system and undermine the independence of our judiciary? That is the critical question that our application for an arrest warrant for Mohammad bin Salman will answer.

That the Saudi coalition has committed thousands of war crimes in Yemen is indisputable.

The vast evidence collected by the Legal Centre for Rights and Development, based in Yemen, for over 1,000 days since the start of the unlawful military intervention proves beyond reasonable doubt that these crimes have been committed by the Saudi coalition. Further evidence of war crimes is being recorded daily.

Reports from various reputable international NGOs such Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and UN agencies all confirm the commission of war crimes by the Saudi coalition.

As a matter of law, any strike on any civilian area amounts to a war crime, even if it is later discovered that such places were used for military purposes.

The evidence shows that the Saudi coalition has targeted thousands of schools, homes, hospitals, farms, food storage depots, airports, seaports, water plants, electricity plants, weddings, funerals, leisure centres, refugee camps, ancient heritage sites — even moving civilian cars did not escape air strikes.

Children are often killed by air strikes on their schools or as they are playing football in the streets.

There is frequent use of prohibited weapons — such as cluster, chemical and uranium-enriched bombs, which are continuing to claim civilian lives, including causing severe birth defects of the type that we saw following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

These prohibited weapons are often used in densely populated areas. It’s as if the Saudi coalition’s war is being waged on Yemeni civilians rather than anyone else. Why?

The answer is simple: to prevent and suffocate the democratic movement in Yemen that kicked off with the Arab Spring in 2011 and to force the people of Yemen to reject their chosen government based in Sanaa.

Frequently, millions of people from all over Yemen come to the streets of Sanaa to show support for the government, but the Saudi coalition and their allies don’t want that.

They want the people of Yemen to accept the puppet cabal of Saudi Arabia, led by Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi — who is currently based in Riyadh hotels. It has neither legitimacy under international law nor under the Yemen constitution, and is receiving substantial payments for services from the Saudis.

If, as the Saudis and their allies claim, their total destruction of Yemen and killing of thousands of civilians is “to restore” Hadi to power, then why has he not returned to the south of the country, which the coalition claims has been “freed” since late 2015?

Instead, the south is currently occupied by a hotchpotch of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and Isis elements, plus United Arab Emirates forces which have opened 18 secret detention centres used to torture Yemenis to death and have wreaked a havoc on the world heritage site of Socotra.

As a result of the near total destruction of the country’s infrastructure by bombing, there has been a rapid and shocking spread of cholera and over a million people have been infected with the disease.

This has never happened anywhere else in the world. It is absolutely despicable and a very dangerous situation for the world.

This could happen to any other country. We must reject this type of violation of the sovereignty of any nation. It is in our collective interest to do so.

There is a very strict blockade on Yemen, arbitrarily enforced by the Saudi coalition by sea, air and land. The country depends on imports for 80 per cent of its consumables. Thus, vital food and medicine cannot arrive in the country.

Up to 17 million people face famine. Up to 130 children under the age of five die per day due to malnutrition, according to Unicef figures. This doesn’t include those of all ages who die from daily bombardment and those who die of malnutrition over the age of five.

Sanaa airport has been closed for over two years. Victims of air strikes and the blockade who require urgent medical attention cannot travel abroad and die as a result.

Kidney disease and cancer sufferers are worst affected and are dying at alarming rates due to a lack of medicine and medical centres to care for them.

The blockade is illegal and amounts to a use of hunger as a weapon of war, a practice used by the nazis in World War II. That is the kind of action supported by all those who back the Saudi coalition.

The blockade is collective punishment, and is leading to genocide — all this a grotesque violation of international law.

So to receive Mohammad bin Salman, a notorious dictator, on a state visit to Britain is gross insult to all the values the British government claims to hold dear.

We say he must be summoned to answer war crimes charges, not dignified with stately decorum.

Kim Sharif is the director of Human Rights for Yemen.


Saudi bombs keep killing Yemeni civilians

This video from Yemen says about itself:

6 February 2018

At least ten civilians were killed and another 18 wounded, including children, in more than 60 airstrikes launched by the Saudi-led coalition on several Yemeni provinces over the past 24 hours, a military source said on Tuesday.

French help for Saudi war on Yemen: here.

Saudi warmongering crown prince not welcome in Britain

Donald Trump is not the only warmonger who is not welcome in Britain.

This video from Britain says about itself:

1 February 2018

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Bin Salman, has been invited to visit the UK. Tell Theresa May: he is not welcome!

Bin Salman is the principal architect of the Saudi-led assault on Yemen, which has caused what the UN has called a “humanitarian catastrophe”. UK-made bombs and jets have been used in the attacks, which have destroyed schools, hospitals, funerals and supply lines. There is now widespread famine in the country, and the worst cholera epidemic in history.

Since the beginning of the Saudi-led assault in 2015, the UK government has licensed £4.6bn of arms sales to the regime. Inviting the Saudi Crown Prince is yet another sign that arms sales are more important than Yemeni lives.

Take action now to say: this is not okay.

Sign our petition here.

Ask your MP to take action here.

Saudi puppet government in south Yemen collapsing

This 30 January 2018 video is called Aden, South Yemen, under conflict of the occupation parties.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Yemen: Hadi’s PM prepares to flee as separatists surround palace

YEMEN’S prime minister

That is, the prime minister in the Saudi puppet government. Mostly a government in exile, though present in the southern Aden city since Saudi armed forces invaded.

For decades, there was a dictatorship in Yemen, propped up by the Saudi and United states governments. In 2011, a big ‘Arab Spring’ movement managed to drive out the dictator Saleh. Then, the Saudi absolute monarchy imposed Hadi, army general and vice president of the dictatorship as the new ruler, in an election where he was the only candidate.

In 2015, Hadi was overthrown, resigned and went into exile in Saudi Arabia. Then, the Saudi government pressured him to form a government in exile, using that a pretext to start a bloody war on Yemen. Meanwhile, ‘President’ Hadi is under house arrest in Saudi Arabia.

was preparing to flee to Saudi Arabia yesterday after separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) seized the area around the presidential palace in the southern city of Aden in fierce battles.

South Yemen used to be an independent country with a leftist government. After the right-wing North Yemen government invaded, that independence ceased. Many southern Yemenis don’t like the Saudi occupiers and their puppets and would like to have an independent country again.

People in Aden have demonstrated before against the Saudi occupation, especially against there being no electricity for civilians. At least one peaceful demonstrator was killed then.

A Saudi-led coalition that includes the UAE, armed and advised by Britain and the US, has been battling rebels in northern Yemen for nearly three years in a bid to prop up President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

But despite having a common enemy, the UAE and Mr Hadi have been locked in a long-running power struggle, which boiled over on Sunday as clashes erupted across Aden.

Fighters loyal to the so-called Southern Transitional Council fought all way to the gates of the palace in central Aden, forcing Mr Hadi’s troops to abandon their positions.

Security officials said Mr Hadi’s Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid bin Daghar and several cabinet members would leave Yemen imminently for Riyadh, where Mr Hadi has been for most of the war.

Saudi troops who have been guarding the palace for months stopped the separatists at the gate, preventing them from entering.

Mr Hadi has described the separatists’ action as a “coup”.

The violence has killed at least 36 people and wounded 185 since Sunday, according to the Red Cross.

UK lawyers call on UN rights council to suspend Saudi Arabia. Most of the prominent Saudis highlighted in lawyers’ call to action remain detained without charges. Some have simply disappeared: here.

Saudi warplane attacks on Yemeni civilians

This 17 January 2018 video is called Aftermath of brutal Saudi air raids on Yemeni areas near borders.

Yemen and Britain history: here.

Dubious Partnership: The US and Saudi Arabia: here.

A besieged and starved population has been pushed to the brink of famine. The UK, US and France need to re-evaluate their relationship with Saudi Arabia: here.

House of Saud’s power struggle could turn bloody. What we are witnessing today in Saudi Arabia among royalty is the beginning of the process by which the vertical succession may need bloodshed to be established as fait accompli: here.

Yemen’s Prime Minister [of the Saudi puppet government] Ahmed bin Dagher on Sunday accused southern separatists of attempting a coup in the interim capital of Aden after they took over the government headquarters. The premier called on the Saudi-led coalition fighting … Houthi rebels to intervene, hours after fierce clashes erupted between military units loyal to the government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and separatist security forces: here.

Saudi monarchy killing Yemeni children

This video says about itself:

Yemen’s Crisis is Far Worse Than We’re Told

19 January 2018

UNICEF says the war in Yemen is killing or wounding five children every single day. But Shireen Al-Adeimi says the figure drastically under-counts the real toll of the Saudi-led, U.S.-backed bombing and blockade.