And yet, the weapon sales continue.
According to a UN report obtained by Reuters, the Saudi-led coalition is responsible for over half of all child deaths and injuries in the previous year of fighting in Yemen.
In total, 349 children were killed, and 333 were wounded by Saudi Arabia-led forces.
Due to the rising child death toll in Yemen, Saudi Arabia had previously been added to a United Nations child rights blacklist.
However, there were reports that Saudi Arabia threatened to cut their funding for the U.N., which led to the U.N. head at the time Ban Ki-moon to remove them from the blacklist. Unsurprisingly, Saudi Arabia denies this.
Here’s what the report says about the Saudi-coalition: “The United Nations was informed of measures taken by the coalition in 2016 to reduce the impact of conflict on children. However, despite these measures, grave violations against children continued at unacceptably high levels in 2016.”
According to previous U.N. reports, Saudi Arabia had previously hit schools and hospitals in airstrikes.
Weapon sales continue
Despite ongoing evidence that Saudi Arabia is committing terrible crimes – not just in Yemen but also against their own people – and in many cases using weapons sold to them by Canada and other democratic nations – our gutless “leaders” refuse to issue a ban on weapon sales to the oppressive Saudi regime.
As long as those weapon sales continue, any talk our leaders make about human rights is totally empty, and reveals them as nothing more than complete hypocrites.