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The Netherlands had hoped to gather support for its proposal that the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva establish an inquiry to look into war crimes and civilian deaths in Yemen, The Guardian reported.
The proposal, submitted Friday by Slovakia on behalf of the EU, was replaced by a much weaker call for the UN body to dispatch a mission “to monitor and report on the situation” after the UK refused to give its backing.
Human Rights Watch and other rights groups protested the UK’s stance, accusing it of protecting its arms deals with the Saudi regime.
“Why has Saudi Arabia been largely immune from direct public criticism from political leaders simply because they are a few degrees separated from the terrorists who are often inspired by the ideology their money helps to spread?” Murphy said at the time. “There’s growing evidence that our support for Saudi-led military campaigns in places like Yemen are prolonging humanitarian misery and aiding extremism.”
“There’s an American imprint on every civilian life lost in Yemen,” Murphy told CNN in August. “Because, though the Saudis are actually dropping the bombs from their planes, they couldn’t do it without the United States.”
Senator Chris Murphy: US support for Saudi Arabia 'can't be unconditional'
International Development Secretary Priti Patel announced that Britain will provide an additional £37million in funding for Yemen this year.
A total of £72m has already been committed to the crisis in Yemen by the UK Government.
The Yemen Civil war will play itself out and the Houthis will be defeated and end up remaining a persecuted minority in a poor country that no one cares about.
originally posted by: Ohanka
We have to protect our arms sales interests I guess. The only people who buy UK-made arms are the psychotic Arab monarchs.
A shameful practice.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
I smell a change in the wind coming.
originally posted by: paraphi
Ah, Press TV. Is that not the state run propaganda arm of Iran? Iran supports one side of the Yemeni civil war – the side that is being hammered by Saudi Arabia. We have to remember that when reading such reports.