UN blacklists Saudi-led alliance for Yemen child deaths
The United Nations has added a Saudi-led military coalition to a blacklist of child rights violators for causing the deaths and injuries of hundreds of children in war-torn Yemen.
The alliance, assembled by Saudi Arabia in 2015, was added on Thursday to the UN chief’s annual list of shame for killing and maiming 683 children and for 38 verified attacks on schools and hospitals during 2016.
The UN annual report on children in armed conflict noted, however, that the coalition had taken some measures to improve the protection of children.
The blacklist also named the Houthi rebel group, Yemen government forces, pro-government militia and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula for violations against children in 2016 – as it did in last year’s report.
The report from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was submitted to the Security Council on Thursday and seen by news agencies.
In a statement released along with the report, Guterres said the blacklist was “not only to raise awareness” but also to “promote measures that can diminish the tragic plight of children in conflict”.