Dealing in Human Rights at the United Nations

Monday, June 13, 2016

Latest information released by the American media show that the United Nations topped by its Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, has removed the name of Saudi Arabia from the blacklist of countries that kill children on Tuesday, June 7, after receiving threatening messages from Saudi Arabia’s officials.

According to a report on the Foreign Policy website, following enlistment of Saudi Arabia as a country killing children, high-ranking officials of the country’s Foreign Ministry, including Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, sent frequent threatening messages addressed to Ban, which finally prompted the UN secretary general to remove Saudi Arabia from the aforesaid list. The Foreign Policy report has reverberated far and wide in American media and has caused the United Nations and Ban Ki-moon to come under fire from many human rights groups.

On Saturday, June 4, the UN released a report announcing that Saudi Arabia and its allies in the so-called Arab coalition attacking Yemen have been responsible for the killing of 60 percent of 1,953 Yemeni children, who have lost their lives in the country’s war during the past year. Saudi Arabia and the Arab coalition have launched a war against Yemen since March 2015, which according to official figures released by the United Nations, has so far left over 9,000 people dead.

However, Saudi Arabia remained on the UN’s blacklist for only four days. The Foreign Policy has written in its report that Saudi officials sent messages to Ban last Monday noting that if the name of their country and its allies are not immediately removed from the world body’s blacklist, Riyadh would cut all its financial aid to the United Nations and its affiliated organs. Saudis’ threats were apparently effective and the UN secretary general issued a statement on Tuesday, June 7, saying that he had removed Saudi Arabia’s name from the blacklist.

The Foreign Policy report says Saudi officials also threatened the UN that they would use their influence at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to convince other Arab member states to cut their financial relations with the UN. Financial documents released by the UN officials show that the amount of money paid to the world body by Saudi Arabia is not too high. Saudi Arabia contributes about USD 17 million a year to the United Nations and its peacekeeping missions, while the annual budget of this organization exceeds USD 11 billion.

Threatening the UN, an ongoing trend

This is not the first time that the United Nations has been threatened by one of its members as a result of which the world body has submitted to that member’s demands. Last year, the United States threatened to cut its financial contribution to the UN and its peacekeeping missions unless the name of Israel is removed from the blacklist of countries that kill children.

During the 50-day Israeli war on the besieged Gaza Strip in July 2014, about 2,200 Palestinians were killed, including 577 children. More than 3,000 children were also injured in the Israeli attacks. Human rights activists argue that these countries are actually abusing their position at the United Nations and are playing with the predetermined goals of this world organization, which include protection of international peace and security and conducting humanitarian operations.

US foreign policy taken hostage by Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has not only been able to control policymaking within the UN by exerting financial pressure on this organization, but has been also taking the United States’ foreign policy as hostage by posing threats to Washington. During recent months, the American society as well as the country’s media have been overwhelmed by reports and documents proving the role of Saudi officials in September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, and have been demanding their government to freeze Saudi Arabia’s assets in the United States. In return, Saudi Arabia threatened that it would liquidate more than USD 750 billion worth of its assets with the US Treasury Department.

Over a week ago, the Bloomberg reported that documents newly released by the US National Archives and Records Administration show that former Saudi king, Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and then American officials had agreed through confidential negotiations about 40 years ago that the United States would buy Saudi Arabia’s oil and in return sell arms to Riyadh with Saudi Arabia investing the profit it earned through oil sales to Washington in the United States. This investment has been made through buying the US Treasury Department’s bonds as a result of which Americans have been actually in debt to Saudi Arabia during past years and Saudi officials have used this as leverage to mount pressure on the United States’ foreign policy apparatus.

Therefore CIA Director John Brennan and other American officials are trying to hide Israeli and Saudi tracks in the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

CIA chief John Brennan said on Sunday, June 12, he expects 28 classified pages of a U.S. congressional report into the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States to be published, absolving Saudi Arabia of any responsibility.

"So these 28 pages I believe are going to come out and I think it's good that they come out. People shouldn't take them as evidence of Saudi complicity in the attacks," Brennan said in an interview with Saudi-owned Arabiya TV, according to a transcript provided by the network.

Brennan called the 28-page section merely a "preliminary review." "The 9/11 commission looked very thoroughly at these allegations of Saudi involvement ... their conclusion was that there was no evidence to indicate that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually had supported the 9/11 attacks," he added.

Key WordsHuman Rights, United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, Saudi Arabia, Blacklist, Threat, Adel al-Jubeir, Arab Coalition, Yemeni Children, Israel, War, Gaza Strip, US Treasury Department, CIA, John Brennan, Terrorist Attacks, 28 Pages

Source: Hamshahri Online
Translated By: Iran Review.Org

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