Yemeni children

Saudi Arabia has been given a free pass to bomb schools and hospitals in Yemen

By removing the Saudis from a blacklist of those violating children’s rights, the UN is betraying some of the most vulnerable people on the planet

On Thursday last week, the UN secretary general listed Saudi Arabia responsible for killing children, bombing hospitals and schools.

This places Saudi Arabia and the coalition it leads in the dubious company of Isis, the Taliban, al-Shabaab and the Lord’s Resistance Army in the blacklist of organisations violating children’s rights in a conflict area.

By Monday, Saudi Arabia had been removed them from the list, erasing much of the UN’s credibility when it comes to defending human rights.

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This article was written by Rob Williams for The Guardian on June 8, 2016.