Krieg im Jemen: Neue Artikel zum Nachlesen 27

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09.2015 – European Council on Foreign Relations


Yemen’s president recently returned to the country after nearly six months in exile, but the conflict appears far from reaching a tidy conclusion, growing, if anything, more complicated by the day.

President Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi was forced to flee the country by the Houthis - a Zaidi Shia-led rebel group targeted in six wars by the central government - and their new-found allies in the Yemeni Armed Forces, including many key backers of the country's former leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh. This prompted an ongoing, Saudi-led military campaign aiming to restore Yemen's internationally-recognised government to power, and now President Hadi and his Prime Minister and Vice President Khaled Bahah have returned to the port city of Aden.

Rather than being a single conflict, the unrest in Yemen is a mosaic of multifaceted regional, local and international power struggles, emanating from both recent and long-past events. The following maps aim to illustrate distinct facets of this conflict, and illuminate some rarely discussed aspects of Yemen's ongoing civil war.

Kommentar und Erläuterungen zu: Historische Teilung; Religionen; Gegenwärtige Frontlinien; Brennpunkte; Expansion der Huthis; Al Kaida; Südliche Separatisten. Sehr interessant


1.10.2015 – NPR (Audiobeitrag)

As Yemen's Crisis Deepens, Saudi Bombings Blamed For Civilian Deaths

A Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen was supposed to quash advances by Houthi rebels in short order. But the conflict is grinding on and the humanitarian crisis is growing worse – by Kackie Northam

29.9.2015 – New York Times

The Saudi-Led Coalition’s Airstrikes in Yemen, and the Civilian Toll

Kareem Fahim, a New York Times correspondent, recently traveled to Yemen to cover the toll that the coalition airstrikes have taken on the civilian population. He answered questions, some submitted by readers, on the continuing Saudi-led aerial campaign.

The Obama administration says it is providing logistical support, like refueling, to coalition warplanes, as well as intelligence. The United States is also a major arms supplier to Saudi Arabia and the other Persian Gulf states in the coalition, so American weapons, including munitions, are being widely deployed in the war.

In April, a report in the Los Angeles Times said that American personnel were working in a joint coalition operations center in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, “to check the accuracy of target lists,” and that the Pentagon had “expedited delivery of GPS-guided ‘smart’ bomb kits to the Saudi air force to replenish supplies.” American officials told the newspaper that increasing concern about the high number of civilian casualties caused them to step up their involvement in the coalition effort, including adding personnel in the operations room. “U.S. reconnaissance drones now send live video feeds of potential targets and of damage after the bombs hit,” it reported.

The damage in Sana is mild in comparison to some of the northern provinces, where the airstrikes have been so intense and fall so frequently on residential areas that they have prompted a huge exodus of civilians. Some neighborhoods in the northern city of Saada — part of an area that the coalition declared was a “military zone” — are almost destroyed.

On several occasions, warplanes have targeted buildings that are not only civilian in nature, but also far from any military target. A Times photographer and I visited one, a water-bottling plant in Hajja Province, where 13 workers were killed in an airstrike. We saw nothing else around the place for miles – by Kareem Fahim

30.9.2015 – RT

Saudi war on Yemen & US doctrine of military preemption

As America still pretends to shine freedom's torch, its military doctrine has helped rationalize neo-imperialism the world over. Washington's war rhetoric has now turned its allies into little hegemons - Meet Washington's war child: Riyadh!

Looking at Saudi Arabia's ongoing acts of genocide against Yemen it has become rather evident that the United Nations and the principles its institutions sit on have become not only obsolete but completely irrelevant. When the deaths of thousands of civilians can no longer prompt world leaders to express disgust; for money whitewashes all crimes, what hope is there for justice?

And since America's doctrine of military preemption and prevention has become the cornerstone of this new world order we see shaping, why even bother arguing international law and human rights conventions? Clearly those values and precepts only exist to serve as ammunitions against those countries America's little war club judge undesirables.

We might as well come out and say it - The United Nations has become a tool in the hand of Western imperial powers, a platform upon which Western leaders, and their allies can scream their propaganda, absoluting themselves of the crimes they so liberally commit, while placarding others for offenses they did not commit.

Saudi Arabia's actions in Yemen, its systematic and unchallenged targeting of civilians should serve as a grand cautionary tale. While Yemenis for now, stand the designated target of Riyadh's ire who's to say if other nations will not soon fall into Saudi Arabia's hegemonic line of vision. How many nations' sovereignty will have to be violated before we dare challenge the powerful House of Saud?

How many more Wahhabi-radicals will Riyadh have to spew out for the international community to wake up and face the evil unfettered capitalism is nursing in its greedy arms?

When Western and Arab leaders remain tongue-tied before the death of an estimated 135 Yemeni civilians, the majority of whom were women and children, how can we not admit to the blaring double standards ruling modern day politics?

Riyadh was never once asked to be held accountable for its crimes

In the world we live in, America's allies can commit no crimes - their actions can neither be challenged nor denounced … at least as long as their officials know how to add zeros to those checks they're writing.

But how did we get here? How can we have allowed those leaders to defile those values we all hold universal: Freedom, Justice and Equality?

Well … we could go back to one little speech held once upon a time in 2002 when former US President George W. Bush introduced America, and the world to his new war doctrine: preemption and prevention.

President Bush's idea was rather simple - he argued the legality of a unilateral military intervention on the premise Washington had the right to defend itself against any potential national security threat, however phantasmagoric and irrational such "fears" might appear to by-standers. In short, America gave itself a grand military carte blanche. Should anyone dare raise an eyebrow, argue national security! Should nations still feel unnerved by America's military footprint, throw radicalism and the threat of terror in the mix and they will all fall in line.

To hand it to President Bush such a formula has proven very successful indeed, at least for those parties sitting at America's new war lords' table. In well over a decade an entire portfolio of wars has been waged under this discretionary umbrella: Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Bahrain … All the while the UN has proven both unable and unwilling to do anything.

Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen were made possible by America's misconduct. – by Catherine Shakdam

30.9.2015 – Huffington Post

What It's Like To Live Through Yemen's War, According To People On The Ground

With little reporting coming out of Yemen, social media has become one of the main sources of information.

As the war between President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government and Houthi rebels drags on, fewer and fewer journalists are left on the ground to report on the war and its tragic effects on the lives of Yemenis. Journalists, both foreign and national, are on the decline not only because they're leaving for safety reasons, but also because of weak infrastructure and the lack of Internet access. The blackout on Internet and electricity makes it difficult for journalists to obtain information and to transmit it to the outside world.

With little reporting coming out of Yemen, social media platforms have become one of the few ways for the outside world to learn about the dire situation. Some Yemenis on Twitter have gone to heroic lengths to illustrate the war's effect on those who remain in the country.

Hisham Al-Omeisy is an analyst based in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, according to his Twitter bio. His tweets provide regular updates on the latest developments in the city, and also express his frustrations and disbelief about the daily shelling there - von Rowaida Abdelaziz

29.9.2015 – The American Conservative

Aaron David Miller correctly complains about the lack of international criticism directed at the Saudi-led war on Yemen, and then ruins it with this conclusion:

The Saudis escape consequences for their actions in Yemen in part because the Arab coalition is nine countries deep and rich too. The Arab League–of which Yemen is a member–supports the coalition campaign. And a majority of U.N. members appear to be happy to ignore distant, poor Yemen while they support the Palestinian cause and fault Israeli human rights abuses. And unlike the Israelis, the Saudi military doesn’t investigate the accusations against it.

The next time Israel–or the U.S., for that matter–is accused of killing civilians while operating in urban areas against legitimate military targets, it would be nice if critics, the Saudis in particular, held their fire. But I’m not holding my breath.

Miller makes a very fair point that the war crimes of the Saudi-led coalition are largely being ignored. It’s true that some of the people and governments that are ignoring what is being done to Yemen have criticized Israel in the past for similar or lesser abuses. The conclusion to draw from this, however, is not to cut Israel more slack the next time that it bombs and shells a densely-inhabited civilian area, but rather to condemn what the Saudis and their allies are doing to Yemen in the strongest possible terms. The lesson from the world’s general indifference to Yemen’s suffering is not to shrug at other abuses or to find a new whataboutist argument to rationalize them, but to draw attention to the appalling things that have been done to Yemen’s civilian population over the last six months. It wouldn’t be “nice” if Israel’s (or America’s) critics refrained from calling attention to their abuses. That would be a horrible mistake, and it would mean that in place of a double standard there would be no standard at all.

If some people are applying a double standard to Gaza and Yemen, it’s also true that many of the only people and organizations that are paying any attention to the war on Yemen have also criticized Israel for its excessive uses of force in the past. They weren’t applying a double standard when they criticized Israel then, and they aren’t doing it when they criticize Saudi Arabia and its allies now. These are the critics that we should want to be emulating and encouraging instead of shrugging off crimes in unnecessary wars as “unavoidable.” – by Daniel Larison

29.9.2015 – New York Times

Saudis Face Mounting Pressure Over Civilian Deaths in Yemen Conflict

The attack on the wedding, along with a string of recent airstrikes that have led to large numbers of civilian deaths, has fueled accusations that the Saudi-led military coalition is conducting an increasingly reckless offensive as it tries to defeat the Houthis, a rebel movement from the north of Yemen. The strikes have prompted a series of unusually angry statements from normally cautious United Nations officials who have singled out the coalition for causing the majority of civilian deaths in Yemen’s six-month war.

There have also been signs that the Obama administration could face more questions over its military support of the air campaign. On Tuesday, Representative Ted W. Lieu, Democrat of California, sent the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff a letter citing reports of civilian deaths and requesting that the United States “cease aiding coalition airstrikes in Yemen until the coalition demonstrates that they will institute proper safeguards to prevent civilian deaths.”

Frustration with the coalition burst into public after months of private grumbling by diplomats over the airstrikes but also over a continuing blockade that has caused shortages of food, fuel and medicine.

In Geneva on Tuesday, Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a news briefing that the coalition was “indubitably responsible for the naval blockade of Yemen’s main seaports.” The blockade, he added, is exacerbating a humanitarian crisis that has left four out of five Yemenis requiring assistance, and 1.5 million people internally displaced.

Yet most of the diplomatic irritation over the last few days has been fueled by the airstrikes. On Monday, after calling for an end to the bombing in his address to the General Assembly, the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, released a statement condemning the wedding party bombing. He warned that “any intentional attack against civilians is considered a serious violation of humanitarian law.”

A recent report by the high commissioner’s office found that almost two-thirds of reported civilian deaths “had allegedly been caused by coalition airstrikes, which were also responsible for almost two-thirds of damaged or destroyed civilian public buildings,” Mr. Colville said.

The United Nations has been trying to investigate human rights violations by all sides in the Yemen war. But Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies have tried to block any international inquiry.

Saudi Arabia has repeatedly dismissed accusations that airstrikes are killing civilians and has instead blamed the Houthis for the deaths.

In a letter sent Tuesday to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the coming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mr. Lieu requested that the Defense Department clarify whether American officials knew how many civilians had died as a result of coalition airstrikes, whether civilians were being targeted and what types of assistance the United States was providing to the coalition.

In an interview, Mr. Lieu, who served in the Air Force as a judge advocate general, said it was unclear from news reports whether the coalition was “grossly negligent or intentionally targeting civilians.”

“There is clearly no military value in a wedding party,” he added – by Kareem Fahim

Humanitäre Lage

30.9.2015 – Reuters

Aden's war devastation shows extent of Yemen's human crisis

Now, after months of war that has left much of the southern cities of Aden and Taiz in ruins from shelling and street fighting, the northern city of Saada wrecked by coalition airstrikes, and many other areas extensively damaged, Yemen faces an acute crisis.

"Yemen is one of the most dire places anywhere," said World Food Program spokeswoman Bettina Luescher in Geneva.

Battles between Gulf-backed forces against the northern Houthi militia and troops loyal to a former president continue in many parts of Yemen, but most fighting stopped in Aden in July, and efforts to resume basic services have begun.

Reuters toured the city on a visit arranged by the Saudi army, giving an early glimpse at the extent of its destruction, weeks after the end of four months of intense street fighting.

When Yemen's Vice President Khaled al-Bahah returned to Aden from exile in Riyadh after the Houthis and Saleh's forces were evicted from the humid Indian Ocean city by Gulf-backed fighters in July, it was a ghost town. Now residents are moving back.

"Half its districts were completely empty. Nobody was there because the Houthis were there before. There was no water, no electricity. Just imagine coming to a city where there are no people," he said.

On the once elegant main street along Mualla district, few of the tall apartment buildings were untouched by bullets or explosions and a large pool of dark sewage had gathered in one part of the road.

"Now it is coming back again. It is a little bit ugly, but it is recovering," Bahah told reporters in Aden's Qasr Hotel, where Hadi's government has been based since its gradual return from exile in Riyadh over recent weeks – by Angus MCDowall

29.9.2015 – International Medical Corps

Inside Sanaa, Yemen:

Mohammad's First Responder Blog

While an uneasy calm has returned to some cities such as Aden, there are no signs of improvement in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. In fact, rumors fly a major battle for control of the city may be imminent. Thirty-one year-old Mohammed Radman is International Medical Corps’ Nutrition Officer in Sanaa. Pockets of fighting in many areas of the city have already forced Mohammed, his wife and their two-year-old son to move four times to remain safe. Like many Yemenis, they are now internally displaced persons (IDPs). What follows is Mohammed’s story.

The situation in Sanaa now is very worrying. The city has now endured six months of near-continuous war. But recent weeks have been the worst period so far. We have had to move to four different apartments to protect my family from the fighting. Our original home is located in Jabal Saber, but in August, hundreds of civilians were killed in that neighborhood so we had to move. Each time we settle in a new apartment we are forced to move again. We now live in Hael Street, a relatively safe area of the capital—at least for now. Since early summer, we’ve been unable to reach the original International Medical Corps office because there is continuing shelling there. We switched to a temporary office in a safer area, but I have been working from home for two weeks because our security personnel say it’s too dangerous to try going to the office.

The security situation changes by the minute. Sometimes it is quiet and we seize the opportunity to go shopping, but then we suddenly hear exchanges of fire. If we are at home, we all go down to take shelter in the underground parking garage of our six-floor building. It’s hard there because you’re stuck—sometimes for hours, in the dark with dozens of other families, including children and grandparents. Since the war began, we’ve had to seek refuge in the parking garage six times. Each time my son, Omar, is terrified and constantly wants me or my wife to hug him.

I am a doctor—a general practitioner—so I volunteer to help at local hospitals when I hear bombings. Last July, for example, I ran to Al Jomhouri Hospital after I heard a big explosion and once inside, I saw hundreds of injured people. The injuries were horrific. It was a nightmare. I am not a surgeon, so I could only help provide first aid to some of the injured – by Mohammed Radman

21.9.2015 – Reliefweb

YEMEN: AFFECTED SCHOOLS Humanitarian Snapshot on Education

Shelling and airstrikes affecting civilian infrastructure continue unabated causing more damage and destruction of schools. As of 18 September, an estimated 140 schools were totally damaged and 390 partially damaged across Yemen. School damage and destruction has been particularly severe in the governorates of Hajjah, Marib, Sa’ada, Sana’a and Taizz where the conflict has intensified.

The conflict has had dramatic consequences on children’s access to education and eroded an already vulnerable education system. In addition to the 1.1 million children who were not attending school before the crisis escalated last March, another 1.8 million children have lost access to school due to the conflict. In Sana’a city alone, half a million school-aged children have not attended school since March.

Kommentar: Aussagekräftige Infographiken über die Zerstörung von Schulen.


29.9.2015 – The National UAE

UAE flag flies in Marib, as Crown Prince vowed

Flags of the Saudi ­Arabia-led coalition flew over the Marib Dam yesterday, fulfilling a vow made by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

Sheikh Mohammed had this month declared that the flag of the UAE would fly over the dam.

Brig Gen Murad Turaiq said the flags of the UAE, Yemen, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia flew over Marib’s dam after the army and coalition forces finished clearing the area of Houthi rebels.

Kommentar: Wie schön, die saudische Luftwaffe hatte diesen antiken Damm schon im Frühjahr angegriffen und beschädigt.

29.9.2015 – Citizenside

Yemen: Buildings damaged beyond repair months after airstrikes

Heavily damaged and destroyed buildings are pictured in the al-Qassemi area of Sana'a Old City on September 29, 2015, months after a devastating wave of Saudi-led airstrikes


1.10.2015 – Morning Star

Yemen Pro-Government Forces Claim Retaking Strategic Strait

Forces loyal to Yemeni President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi, backed by a Saudi-led military alliance, Thursday regained the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait from Iran-backed rebels, a military official said.

Unspecified casualties occurred on both sides, the official added, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

There was no immediate comment from rebels.

Houthi rebels and allied forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh seized Bab al-Mandab and Mayoun in south-western Yemen around six months ago as part of their sweep across the impoverished country.

Bab al-Mandeb is a major waterway between the Arabian Peninsula and Africa, connecting the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.

Retaking the waterway would strengthen Hadi loyalists, who are advancing on the rebel-held Taiz, Yemen's third largest city.

1.10.2015 – Reuters

Yemeni govt., Saudi-led forces retake strategic Red Sea strait

Loyalist Yemeni troops and Gulf Arab forces seized the Mandab Strait connecting the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden from Houthi fighters, reasserting control over the strategic sea lane, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

Residents reported air strikes and shelling by warships in support of a ground push toward the area but could not immediately confirm that the strait had fallen.

"In a large-scale military operation launched today, Yemeni government, resistance and coalition forces liberated the Bab al-Mandeb strait and Mayun island with the goal of safeguarding this key sea route," Rajeh Badi told Reuters by telephone from the southern port city of Aden.

30.9.2015 – Rotes Kreuz

Yemen: Two volunteers of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement killed in airstrike

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is shocked and saddened by the deaths of its two volunteers working with the Yemen Red Crescent Society (YRCS).

Qaed Faisal, 28, and Omar Fareh, 31, were both killed along with other civilians during an airstrike in the Al-Swaida area of Taiz.

29.9.2015 – Almasdar News (mit Karte)

Complete Battle Map of Yemen: Yemeni Army Advances in the Saudi Jizan Region

The Yemeni army and the Popular Committees announced on Tuesday their control over the Saudi military post of Ka’b al-Jaberi and the town of Mohannad in the border area of Jizan, leaving several Saudi soldiers killed and wounded.

In a similar development, a spokesman for the Saudi Interior Ministry announced that a member of the Ministry was killed by a mortar shell fired from northern Yemen on the border between the two countries.

Kommentar: Pro-Huthi-Quelle, daher Yemeni Army: Armeeinheiten auf Seiten der Huthis.

30.9.2015 – CBS

Saudi FM on accuracy of airstrikes in Yemen, civilian casualties

In an interview with Norah O'Donnell, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir addressed criticism over Saudi-led airstrikes that mistakenly killed over 100 civilians at a wedding party on Monday.

Kommentar: Unsäglich. Die Aussage ist immer, egal was passiert ist. Wir töten keine Zivilisten. Wir waren es nicht. Das wird das neue Niveau von UN-unterstützten Untersuchungen von Kriegsverbrechen werden, s. unter UNO.

29.9.2015 – Vice News

UN Says Deadly Saudi-Led Coalition Attack in Yemen Killed Mostly Women and Children

A deadly Saudi-led coalition airstrike that hit a wedding in Yemen on Monday predominantly killed women and children, according to UN officials who spoke with VICE News.

Upwards of 130 people reportedly died when the airstrike struck tents full of people in Al-Wahijah, a village near the port of Mokha in the western part of the country. According to some reports, the wedding was for someone associated with the Houthis.

"We can confirm the airstrike struck a wedding party," Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the UN's human rights office, told VICE News. "In Yemen, they separate women and men at parties — the airstrike hit the womens' party, and that's why the majority of victims are women and children."

The coalition denied that an airstrike had taken place in the vicinity of al-Wahijah.

The first accounts of the airstrike emerged as US Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told world leaders that the Saudi-led bombing campaign had killed a disproportionate number of Yemen's civilians since it began in late March.

"All sides are showing disregard for human life — but most of the casualties are being caused by airstrikes," Ban told world leaders as he opened this year's general debate. "I call for an end to the bombings, which are also destroying Yemeni cities, infrastructure, and heritage." – by Samuel Oakford

29.9.2015 – RT (mit Filmen)

Jemen: Luftangriff auf Huthi-Hochzeitsgesellschaft hinterlässt 135 Tote – Saudi Arabien weist jegliche Verantwortung von sich

Saudi Arabien hat angeblich eine Huthi-Hochzeitsgesellschaft im Jemen mit Raketen beschossen. Bei dem Luftangriff starben mindestens 135 Zivilisten. Die von Riad angeführte Anti-Huthi-Koalition dementiert die Verantwortung für die Tragödie. Saudi-Arabien verfügt über die Lufthoheit in der Region und andere Akteure im Bürgerkriegsland haben keinen Zugang zu Kampfflugzeugen.

Anwohner berichteten gegenüber Medien, dass zwei Raketen durch die Hochzeitszelte in dem Dorf al-Wahidscha am Roten Meer einschlugen, welches unweit des Hafens al-Mukha (Mocha) liegt. Ein Huthi-Mitglied habe laut dem Guardian an diesem Tag seine Vermählung gefeiert.

Der jemenitische Journalist Muhammed el-Attab sagte gegenüber RT, dass die Region um al-Mukha schon mehrfach von der saudischen Luftwaffe ins Visier genommen worden sei.

Die Vereinten Nationen schätzen, dass bei dem Angriff 135 Menschen ums Leben kamen. Zeugen behaupteten, dass unter den Toten zahlreiche Frauen und Kinder gewesen seien.

Auch der UN-Vorsitzende Ban Ki-moon hat den Angriff auf das Dorf verurteilt. Nochmals betonte er, dass es in diesem Konflikt „keine militärische Lösung“ gäbe.

29.9.2015 – RT

Deadliest ever attack in Yemen: At least 131 killed as airstrike hits wedding party

The bombing of a wedding party in Yemen by an apparent Saudi Arabia airstrike has killed over 131 people, medics said on Tuesday. Riyadh, who has air supremacy in the area, denied responsibility for the tragedy.

Film and interview und

28.9.2015 – RT (with films)

135 civilians killed in alleged coalition airstrike on Yemen wedding

The bombing of a wedding party in Yemen by an apparent Saudi Arabia airstrike has killed 135 people. The Saudi-led coalition, which has air supremacy in the area, denied responsibility for the tragedy.

Two missiles tore through two tents in the Al-Wahijah village in southwestern Yemen, where a wedding celebration was underway. According to media reports, the ill-fated wedding reception was held by a local man affiliated with the Houthi rebels, who are being targeted by Saudi-led airstrikes.

The UN estimates that 135 people died in the attack. Many of the dead were women and children, witnesses said.

The bombed wedding celebration took place not far from the Red Sea port of Mokha, which has “witnessed aerial bombardment on many occasions,” Yemeni-based journalist, Muhammad Al-Attab, told RT.

The coalition rejected the accusations saying that it did not carry out any airstrikes in the region.

The tragedy in Al-Wahijah village is not the first time Coalition missiles have hit crowded places in Yemen, Belkis Wille from Human Rights Watch, said.

Sanaa-based political analyst, Hisham Omeisy, also pointed the finger at the Saudi-led forces, saying, “the Houthis don’t have fighter jets.”

The UN and the international community need to directly condemn the Saudis for these attacks, they need to take a harder line,” he told RT.

The editor of London-based 'al-Quds al-Arabi' paper, Abdel Bari Atwan, called the bombing of the wedding “a massacre,” adding that “this is a daily routine now that Saudi-led coalition warplanes are bombing civilians in Yemen under the pretext of shelling the Houthis and Ali Abdullah Saleh’s opposition.”

29.9.2015 – RT (with films)

Yemeni wedding attack: ‘Houthis don’t have fighter jets!’

An airstrike allegedly carried out by Saudi Arabian forces has killed at least 135 people at a wedding party in Yemen. Who is to blame for the ongoing bloodshed and what should be done to stop it?

The Saudi-led coalition denied it’s responsible for the assault on the wedding celebration and blamed local militia for the firing.

To prevent more civilian deaths, the international community should first of all condemn “the Saudis directly” rather than water down the situation by saying that all parties are responsible,” political analyst Hisham Omeisy in Sana’a told RT.

“The Houthis don’t have fighter jets,” he said. “[The Saudis] keep saying that it’s somebody else... the Saudis yesterday, for instance, denied it was them, that it must have been the Houthis. For god sake, the Houthis don’t have fighter jets. Nobody is conducting airstrikes but the Saudis... The UN and the international community need to directly condemn the Saudis for these attacks, they need to take harder line.”

29.9.2015 – Deutsche Welle

Verheerende Luftangriffe im Jemen

Teilnehmer einer Hochzeit im Jemen sind durch Luftangriffe der von Saudi-Arabien geführten Militärallianz getötet worden. Viele Frauen und Kinder sind unter den Opfern. Die Tragödie ist kein Einzelfall.

Bei einem Luftangriff der arabischen Koalition gegen die Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen sind laut Augenzeugen zahlreiche Gäste einer Hochzeitsfeier getötet worden. Der Vorfall ereignete sich bei Mocha im Südwesten des Landes. Über die Ausmaße des Unglücks gibt es unterschiedliche Angaben: Ein Arzt sagte: "Die Leichen von mindestens 40 Menschen, darunter Kindern, wurden ins Krankenhaus gebracht." Viele Menschen seien zudem lebensgefährlich verletzt worden. Ein Sprecher des von den Huthi-Rebellen kontrollierten Gesundheitsministeriums sprach sogar von 131 Todesopfern.

Scheikh Abdullah al-Fadhli, ein Mitglied des Stadtrats in Mocha, sagte der Nachrichtenagentur dpa, dass sowohl der Pavillon für männliche Hochzeitsgäste als auch der für Frauen und Kinder getroffen worden seien. Es gebe in der Umgebung keine Huthi-Kämpfer und keine Truppenstandorte. Es ist unklar, warum die Koalition die Feier bombardierte, bisher gab es keine Stellungnahme. Ein jemenitischer Regierungsbeamter sprach von einem Fehler.

29.9.2015 – Tagesschau

Bei einem Raketenangriff auf eine Hochzeitsfeier im Jemen sind nach UN-Angaben rund 130 Zivilisten getötet worden. Die Huthi-Rebellen machten die arabische Militärkoalition für das Bombardement verantwortlich. Allerdings bestritt die von Saudi-Arabien geführte Allianz jede Verantwortung und verwies stattdessen auf örtliche Milizengruppen. "In der ganzen Gegend hat es seit drei Tagen keine Militäroperationen mehr gegeben", sagte ein Sprecher.

Der Angriff ereignete sich bereits am Montag nahe der Küstenstadt Mocha. Anwohnern zufolge schlugen zwei Raketen in die Zelte der Hochzeitsfeier ein. Die Hintergründe der Tat sind unklar. Laut der britischen BBC soll der Bräutigam in Verbindung mit den Huthi-Rebellen gestanden haben - was für ein gezieltes Bombardement sprechen würde. Die Nachrichtenagentur AP zitierte hingegen aus jemenitischen Sicherheitskreisen, es habe sich "um ein Versehen" gehandelt. siehe auch!5237293/

29.9.2015 – BBC

Yemen conflict: Wedding attack death toll rises to 130

The death toll from a suspected air strike on a wedding party in Yemen on Monday has risen to at least 130, the United Nations and local medics say.

Missiles reportedly hit two tents in a village near the Red Sea port of Mocha, where a man linked to the Houthi rebel movement was celebrating his marriage.

But the Saudi-led coalition that has been bombing the rebels for six months denied responsibility for the attack.

Residents of the village of Wahijah said that in Monday's attack, missiles fired by coalition warplanes tore into two tents at the wedding reception.

Yemeni security sources confirmed to the Associated Press that there had been an air strike and a senior government official said it had been "a mistake".

But a coalition spokesman vehemently denied it was behind the attack. A spokesman said: "There have been no air operations by the coalition in that area for three days. This is totally false news."

Initial reports said at least 40 people were killed in the incident, many of them women and children.

But on Tuesday morning, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) said 130 or more people were now reported to have died.

A medical source at a hospital in Maqbana, where the casualties were taken, also told the Reuters news agency that the death toll had risen to 131.

"If the numbers are as high as suggested, this may be the single deadliest incident since the start of the conflict," UNHCR spokesman Rupert Colville said.

Mr Colville said almost two-thirds of the civilian deaths reported in Yemen over the past 12 months had allegedly been caused by coalition air strikes. siehe auch oder

Verurteilung durch UN-Generalsekretär Ban:

Kommentar: Was soll man eigentlich von Ban und der UN halten angesichts der UN-Resolution 2216, die die saudisch-amerikanischen Luftangriffe einfach kritiklos hingenommen hat?

„Präsident“ Hadi

29.9.2015 – UNO

At UN, President of Yemen decries civilian toll of country’s conflict, appeals for more humanitarian aid

Noch mehr Zitate aus Hadis Rede.

29.9.2015 – Reuters

Sep 29 2015, 9:04 pm ET

At U.N., Yemen Accuses Iran of Pursuing Its Destruction

Yemen's president accused Iran on Tuesday of pursuing the destruction of his country, where government forces and a Saudi Arabia-led coalition are fighting Tehran-backed rebels.

Speaking at the United Nations, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi thanked Saudi King Salman for acting with "utter determination" by leading an air campaign by Gulf states against Houthi rebels, who seized the capital, Sanaa, a year ago.

"We find ourselves mixed in this battle, this fight for the country and the legitimacy of the state to ensure that the country not fall into the hands of Iran, which would like to see the destruction of the country," Hadi told the annual U.N. General Assembly gathering of world leaders.

Hadi blamed the Houthis for the humanitarian crisis.

"You are aware of the human tragedy of our people, and this is due to the blockade imposed by the militias," he said.

Kommentar: Grotesk. Angesichts der saudischen Luftangriffe wirft er wem vor „pursuing the destruction of his country”? Dem Iran. Dafür dankt er dem saudischen König – für die Luftangriffe. Die Houthis macht er für die humanitäre Krise verantwortlich. Woran macht er das fest? An der Blockade. Wer blockiert die Häfen für das von den Huthis gehaltene Gebiet? Die Huthis? Die Saudis!


29.9.2015 – Bloomberg

V for Victory Greets Saudis in Yemen, Recalling U.S. in Iraq

There are reasons for the Saudis to wonder how long the warm welcome [in Southern Yemen] will last -- especially if they recall that U.S. troops in Iraq were also greeted as liberators, at first. Local allies have their own agenda; public expectations of a swift return to normal life will be tough to meet; and in much of Yemen the rebels still hold sway and enjoy grassroots support.

Even in Aden, where the Saudi intervention is popular, there’s limited support for Hadi and many people would prefer to break away.

“I want the south to be separate from the north,” said Ehab Khamis, a 49-year-old militia fighter with a machine gun slung over his shoulder. Khamis lost his son in the battle for Aden. “The northerners aren’t good people, none of them,” he said.

That sentiment is widespread in Aden, the capital of a separate state of South Yemen before unification with the north in 1990. Children sing patriotic songs about the south. Southern flags fly on most government buildings, and they’re painted on walls around the city.

The Saudis and their local allies shared the goal of freeing Aden, “but now the agendas are different,” said Majed al-Mathhaji, an independent analyst based in Sana’a. As for the north, “even with their military might, it will be difficult for the coalition and Hadi to make any progress in areas where they are not welcomed.”

Some southerners blame Hadi personally for fleeing to a Saudi exile when the Houthis arrived in Aden. Mohammed al-Sadi, a neurologist who helped organize the resistance, said he holds that against the president.

When Hadi visited Aden this month, he was guarded by coalition forces at the al-Qasr Hotel. Its exterior looks like one of Dubai’s five-star hotels, and also recalls the Green Zone set up in Baghdad by the U.S. army.

Coalition troops and armored vehicles stand guard outside the al-Qasr, and there are large sandbags by the front gate. The interior is out of step with the rest of the battered city. Gold chandeliers hang in the lobby, and Filipinos flown in from Abu Dhabi staff the cafeteria.

The Gulf states began their Yemen campaign as an air war, but now their footprint is all over Aden. Apache and transport helicopters are parked outside the airport’s main terminal, with tanks and Humvees behind them. In the city’s northwest, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates operate a large base with barracks, storage facilities and lines of military vehicles.

“We have no intentions but to help the Yemeni people,” Staff Colonel Abdullah bin Suhayan said outside the base. “We are here to support the legitimate government of Yemen.”

Graffiti all over Aden shows how hard reconciliation will be. “Death to the Houthis” is a common slogan, while others describe the city as a “cemetery” for Shiites. Meanwhile in rebel-held areas further north, the growing civilian death toll from Saudi bombing has undermined support for any compromise.

Yemen’s “intensely local and tribal” politics will make life tougher for the Saudis the deeper they get involved, said Ferris, the historian of an earlier civil war. “You really don’t know who is with you and who is against you, and for how long.” – Glen Carey and Mohammed Hatem

29.9.2015 – Reuters

Yemen's Aden oil refinery resumes operations - industry source

Yemen's 150,000 barrel-per-day Aden refinery resumed operations on Tuesday after being shut for more than five months as the conflict in the country worsened, an industry source at the refinery told Reuters.

"The refinery is back online and is refining crude it had in storage from before," the source said, adding the refinery was now operating at half of its processing capacity.

The plant, in the southern city of Aden, was shut in April and Aden Refinery Company declared force majeure on its oil imports and exports in the same month.

29.9.2015 – Reuters

Yemen's south hopes victory over Houthis will bring separation

To outsiders, Yemen's civil war looks like a battle pitting Gulf-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi against the Iran-allied Houthi militia with ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, but there is another important dynamic at play - south versus north.

Even before the shooting started this spring, many southern Yemenis were demanding separation from the north after 25 years of sharing a state, but the destruction inflicted by the northern-based Houthis during their occupation of the port city of Aden has given a big boost to the secessionists.

For Hadi and his Gulf backers, managing southern ambitions and grievances will prove crucial as they continue to battle the northern Houthis and Saleh's forces in other provinces with the ultimate goal of re-establishing Hadi as ruler of all Yemen.

At stake are not only Hadi's own hopes of regaining control of Sanaa but also a wider struggle being waged against al Qaeda, which has used its strong presence in remote southern areas of the country to plot attacks against international targets.

Before the latest conflict in Yemen erupted, the southern movement, known as Herak, was a chaotic mess, its leaders disunited and its various factions unsure of whether to push for immediate secession or to seek autonomy within a federal Yemen.

The war, while raising the emotional temperature and giving military experience to thousands of young men who now call themselves the Southern Resistance, has still not managed to unite the movement's leadership or to define its goals.

What all Yemeni leaders appear to acknowledge is the risk that if the south's anger is not addressed there is a risk that opposition will coalesce around al Qaeda.

That Yemen should stay as one country is something that both Hadi's government and his Gulf backers still insist upon – by Angus MacDowall =


1.10.2015 – MENAFN

The 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday updated the current situation of the Human rights in some countries such as Yemen, Iraq, South Sudan, and Nigeria in relation to the activists of Boko Haram.
Speaking on Yemen, the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri said that "the human rights situation seriously deteriorated when violence erupted in September 2014, after armed groups affiliated with the Houthis forcibly ousted the sitting government and seized control of large parts of the country, including institutions".

"The known violations and abuses of international human rights and humanitarian law by all parties that have been documented by office of the UN high commission of Human rights OHCHR," she said "These are just the tip of the iceberg - because of the dire security situation and the ensuing evacuation of our international staff in Yemen, our office there has been unable to verify the vast majority of allegations of violations and abuses that it has received", she added.

"In that regard, it is encouraging that a national commission of investigation into possible violations of international law has been established and we urge it, and other competent authorities, to ensure prompt, thorough, effective, independent and impartial investigations on the ground into all credible allegations of serious violations and abuses by all parties, she said.

Kommentar: Man lese den letzten Absatz, um zu sehen, wie die Geschichte jetzt dargestellt wird. Fazit: Die Uno kann man in jeder Hinsicht vergessen.

1.10.2015 – Sputnik News

UAE, Saudi Arabia Ensured UN to Only Consider Arab Resolution on Yemen

A number of Arab countries have succeeded in creating a situation where the UN Human Rights Council (OHCHR) is only considering their resolution on the settlement of the crisis in Yemen, local media reported on Thursday, citing sources.

According to the WAM news agency, representatives from Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been in intense talks with the Dutch delegation on resolving conflict in Yemen. As a result, theirs will be the only resolution presented at the session.

The resolution supports creating a Yemeni governmental committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations, among other things.

30.9.2015 – New York Times

In a U-turn at the United Nations Human Rights Council, Western governments dropped plans Wednesday for an international inquiry into human rights violations by all parties in the war in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians in the last six months.

The change of direction came as the Netherlands withdrew the draft of a resolution it had prepared with support from a group of mainly Western countries that instructed the United Nations high commissioner for human rights to send experts to Yemen to investigate the conduct of the war.

The Dutch resolution also called for the warring parties to allow access to humanitarian groups seeking to deliver aid and to the commercial import of goods like fuel that are needed to keep hospitals running. Deliveries of aid and other goods have been slowed by the coalition’s naval blockade of Yemeni ports.

But in the face of stiff resistance from Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners, and to the dismay of human rights groups, Western governments have accepted a resolution based on a Saudi text that lacks any reference to an independent, international inquiry.

Instead, the new resolution supports a decree, issued by the exiled Yemeni government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, appointing a national commission of inquiry. It asks the United Nations human rights office only “to provide technical assistance and to work with the government of Yemen, as required, in the field of capacity building.”

Mr. Hadi’s government is supported by Saudi Arabia and is a party to the war, commanding loyal forces in Yemen that are fighting the Houthi rebels.

“The result is a lost opportunity for the council and a huge victory for Saudi Arabia, protecting it from scrutiny over laws of war violations which will probably continue to be committed in Yemen,” said Philippe Dam, deputy director of Human Rights Watch in Geneva.

The United States had earlier signaled its support for the Dutch resolution and its call for an international inquiry, but human rights experts monitoring negotiations on the resolutions say it appears that the United States, Britain and France chose instead to back a consensus resolution that was scheduled for a vote in the council on Friday.

Such a resolution is much more “powerful,” said a diplomat close to the discussions, who requested anonymity because of the delicacy of the matter. Moreover, it also gives the United Nations human rights commissioner a mandate to monitor and report on developments in Yemen, the diplomat said.

Mr. Dam of Human Rights Watch was disappointed. “This was the time to put the parties to this conflict under scrutiny for human rights violations,” he said. “Human Rights Council members have failed to send a clear message to Saudi Arabia and to the Houthis that they have to change the conduct of hostilities.” – by Nick Cumming-Bruce

30.9.2015 – The American Conservative

Whitewashing the Saudi-Led Coalition’s Crimes in Yemen

The Dutch government has withdrawn its proposed resolution calling for a U.N.-sponsored mission to investigate war crimes in Yemen:

Human rights groups expressed disappointment with the withdrawal of the proposal.

“The question is really what happened — and why is Saudi Arabia simply off the hook for massive bombing affecting civilian life and (that) probably may constitute war crimes?” said Philippe Dam, deputy director for Human Rights Watch in Geneva.

The U.S. briefly expressed support for the Dutch resolution, but it seems that this support was meaningless. In its place there will be a Saudi-sponsored resolution that calls for providing “technical assistance” to the Hadi government, which will then report back on the situation. Nothing could be better designed to ensure that the report on human rights abuses in Yemen will whitewash the Saudi-led coalition’s crimes and cover up for the campaign that is aimed at putting Hadi back in power.

It took just a few days for the Saudis to make a mockery of Samantha Power’s assertion on Sunday that Saudi Arabia’s position on the Human Rights Council was purely a “procedural” one that would have no bearing on “anything the United Nations does on any human rights issue.” The Saudis won’t have to worry about the Hadi government reporting on their crimes, since it has every incentive to deny them or pin them on the government’s opponents. Meanwhile, human rights organizations and journalists will continue to document what the coalition is doing to Yemeni civilians with the Obama administration’s backing – by Daniel Larison siehe auch

Kommentar: Unsäglich. Was hat die Niederlande hier veranlasst, derartig einzuknicken? Welchen Druck hat es hier gegeben, von wem? Das Ergebnis ist also, dass die jemenitische Regierung, d. h. die Hadi-Regierung, die Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen untersuchen soll. Was ist hier zu erwarten? Hadi ist längst zur Marionette der Saudis geworden. Er hat vor der UNO den Saudis für ihre Luftangriffe GEDANKT!! Was für eine Untersuchung will man denn von dieser Regierung erwarten? Was für eine, das hat ja schon die von den VAR vorgelegte Untersuchung zu Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen gezeigt: Die Kriegsverbrechen der Huthis werden untersucht (mit wieviel Neutralität, ist dabei nicht gesagt), andere Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen gibt es nicht. Es geschiegt hier nichts gegen den Willen der Saudis. Um es auf den Punkt zu bringen: Dies wird die erste Menschenrechtsuntersuchung der UNO überhaupt sein, bei der Kriegsverbrecher ihre eigenen Kriegsverbrechen untersuchen sollen. Und bei diesen gibt es obendrein soviel Demokratie und kritische Öffentlichkeit wie bei den Saudis. Das Ergebnis ist absehbar.

29.9.2015 – WAM

Human Rights activists roundly condemn Houthi militia's atrocities against women in Yemen

Human Rights activists roundly condemn Houthi militia's atrocities against women in Yemen

Arab and Yemeni human rights defenders and activists have condemned in the strongest possible terms the brutal atrocities, crimes and violations committed by the Houthi militia and group of deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh against the women in Yemen.

Speakers condemned these human rights abuses terming them as "bereft of human sense" and said the perpetrators had no regard for the sanctity of women in Yemen.

These crimes, they underscored, had drawn severe criticism and condemnation from the international community as they constituted flagrant violations of the international conventions and declaration of women's human rights.

The human rights defenders were speaking at a landmark event organised by the Arab Federation for Human Rights (AFHR) on the sidelines of the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to expose the heinous crimes perpetrated by the Houthi militia against the Yemeni women. The event topped the agenda of human rights activities that were discussed in Geneva.

Taking the floor first, Dr. Mona Hejres, a member of the AFHR and head of 'Together for Human Rights', spoke about the scale of suffering that the Yemeni women endured, ranging from violations to war crimes committed by the Houthi militia and Saleh group ever since they took control of Yemen and toppled the legitimate government.

Dr. Hejres said women, during the rule of the deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh, had been subjected to grave human rights violations, noting that women were active participants in the revolution that drove Saleh out of power.

During that revolution, she said, women had faced many human rights crimes including killing, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, and use of excessive force. These savage crimes, she added, made women the most vulnerable segment of the Yemeni community to face gross violations, exclusion and oppression.

Being deprived of their political, cultural and social rights, as well as their freedoms and role in running the state’s affairs and contributing to the nation’s development and building modern Yemen, Yemeni women have since been on a tireless struggle for their rights and freedom.

In her paper, Dr. Hejres elaborated on the suffering of Yemeni women at the hands of the Houthi militia and Saleh group, particularly reporting on murder, forced disappearances, kidnappings, deprivation of basic educational and health services, bombardment of residential districts, along with assassinations in the capital Sana'a, Aden and other cities.

She called upon the international community to live up to its responsibilities in protecting the Yemeni people, especially women, and back the Arab Coalition's operations seeking to protect the Yemeni people. She also appealed to the UN Security Council to protect world peace and security by swiftly enforcing its resolutions on Yemen and ensure protection, safety and security for its people, and particularly women.

The AFHR and the Yemeni Coalition to Monitor Human Rights Violations, reiterated their rejection of the West's move regarding a request to form an international Facts Finding Committee, as they perceived that such a move would dilute and ignore the human tragedy under which the Yemeni citizens have been reeling, especially when they are facing illegitimate and terrorist groups which practise terrorism and commit crimes against peaceful Yemeni civilian citizens in all areas of Yemen.

Kommentar: Propagandistische Begleitmusík – gerichtet an UNO und den “Westen” – zu den Diskussionen um die von den Niederlanden geforderte internationale Untersuchung der Kriegsverbrechen im Jemen. Es wäre einmal zu untersuchen, um was es sich denn hier bei den sog. Menschenrechtsorganisationen handelt. Es geht also um Verletzung der rechte von Frauen durch die Houthis – schon witzig, wenn das von Organisationen vorgetragen wird, die voll hinter der saudischen Intervention stehen. Wie sieht es denn mit den Frauen in Saudi-Arabien aus? Im Jemen wiederum sind Frauen schon immer als Menschen 2. Klasse behandelt worden, völlig egal, wer nun gerade regiert hat. Mit den Huthis hat das speziell überhaupt nichts zu tun. Am Ende kommt dann doch die Katze aus dem Sack, warum überhaupt diese ganze Veranstaltung: Man will eine internationale Untersuchung der Kriegsverbrechen verhindern (dann ginge es nämlich oder sogar vor allem gegen Saudi und Co. Es kommt ja nicht sehr glaubwürdig rüber, wenn man Kriegsverbrechen beklagt und dann eine internationale Untersuchung zurückweist mit dem perversen Argument, eine solche internationale Untersuchung würde „dilute and ignore the human tragedy“.

29.9.2015 – Vice News

UN Says Deadly Saudi-Led Coalition Attack in Yemen Killed Mostly Women and Children

The UN's outspoken denunciation of what may be the conflict's deadliest single attack also coincided with what appeared to be a shift in position on the part of American officials, who told VICE News on Tuesday that they supported initiatives to establish a human rights mission to investigate crimes committed in Yemen. The US, which provides logistical and targeting support to the coalition — in addition to selling billions of dollars in armaments to Gulf States — wavered for more than a week after the Netherlands introduced a resolution authorizing such a mission at the UN's Human Rights Council in Geneva.

On Tuesday, however, a spokesperson for the US mission in Geneva told VICE News, "Yes, we support the Dutch position."

Complicating matters in recent days was a dueling text, introduced by Gulf States, including Saudi Arabia, shortly after the Dutch resolution. The alternative resolution did not reference a UN human rights investigation, but gave preference to an existing national inquiry established by the Yemeni government on September 7.

This week, the Netherlands and the Saudis, along with Yemen, tabled new versions of their resolutions. In their first proposal, the Dutch had already toned down certain language, stopping short of calling for a Commission of Inquiry, as was established for Syria. The latest text still requested the UN's human rights office, "together with relevant experts and dedicated support staff, to monitor the situation of human rights to collect and conserve information."

The team, according to the Dutch resolution, would have access to the entire country and "all relevant parties" in order to "establish the facts and circumstances of serious violations and abuses committed by all parties in Yemen since September 2014."

The Saudi counter-proposal, which human rights groups already called laughable, was further watered down in its new form. Not only does it not call for an international, independent investigation, but language addressing the UN Office of the High Commissioner For Human Rights' production of a progress report on human rights in Yemen was replaced with a request merely for an update on "implementation of the program of technical assistance and capacity building in the field of human rights in Yemen."

Barring negotiations reaching a unified text, which seems unlikely, a final vote on each proposal is expected at the start of October – by Samuel Oakford

29.9.2015 – Guardian

UK and Saudi Arabia 'in secret deal' over human rights council place

Leaked documents suggest vote-trading deal was conducted to enable nations to secure a seat at UN’s influential body

Britain conducted secret vote-trading deals with Saudi Arabia to ensure both states were elected to the UN human rights council (UNHRC), according to leaked diplomatic cables.

The elevation of the Saudi kingdom to one of the UN’s most influential bodies in 2013 prompted fresh international criticism of its human rights record.

The Saudi foreign ministry files, passed to Wikileaks in June, refer to talks with British diplomats ahead of the November 2013 vote in New York. The documents have now been been translated by the organisation UN Watch – a Geneva-based non-governmental human rights organisation that scrutinises the world body – and newspaper the Australian.

The classified exchanges, the paper said, suggest that the UK initiated the secret negotiations by asking Saudi Arabia for its support. Both countries were eventually elected to the UNHRC, which has 47 member states.

The Saudi cables, dated January and February 2013, were translated separately by the Australian and UN Watch. One read: “The delegation is honoured to send to the ministry the enclosed memorandum, which the delegation has received from the permanent mission of the United Kingdom asking it for the support and backing of the candidacy of their country to the membership of the human rights council (HRC) for the period 2014-2016, in the elections that will take place in 2013 in the city of New York.

“The ministry might find it an opportunity to exchange support with the United Kingdom, where the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would support the candidacy of the United Kingdom to the membership of the council for the period 2014-2015 in exchange for the support of the United Kingdom to the candidacy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, told the Australian: “Based on the evidence, we remain deeply concerned that the UK may have contracted to elect the world’s most misogynistic regime as a world judge of human rights.

Amnesty International UK’s head of policy and government affairs Allan Hogarth said: “If the UK is doing back-room deals with Saudi officials over human rights, this would be a slap in the face for those beleaguered Saudi activists who already struggle with endemic persecution in the kingdom – by Owen Bowcott

24.9.2015 – AP

Dutch want UN human rights chief to report on war-torn Yemen

Dutch diplomats want the U.N. human rights chief to send a mission to report on possible abuses and conflict-related crimes in Yemen, all but challenging Western and other nations to take a stand over a war that has involved blistering Saudi air power and over 2,100 civilian deaths.

The Netherlands submitted a resolution Thursday at the U.N. Human Rights Council in the face of another co-sponsored by Saudi Arabia

The Dutch resolution sets the stage for back-channel diplomatic wrangling to pass a resolution that may — or may not — authorize creation of a fact-finding mission in Yemen before the three-week council session ends on Oct. 2. The Human Rights Council has no power to compel countries to act, but its actions can shine a spotlight on human rights violations.

Philippe Dam, Human Rights Watch’s deputy director in Geneva, praised the “important demonstration of principled leadership” by the Netherlands and said Arab states like Saudi Arabia appear “determined to avoid any scrutiny” of the war in Yemen.

The Dutch move puts the United States in a position of having to decide between resolutions by two allies over the crisis in Yemen, a country where U.S. drone strikes have been carried out against al-Qaida over the years. The U.S. ambassador to the council, Keith Harper, had no immediate comment on the resolution.

“We’re following the ongoing discussions in Geneva closely,” the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, told reporters this week. “We do believe the Human Rights Council and OHCHR have an important role to play regarding the humanitarian situation, and look forward to working with our colleagues in Geneva on a way forward.”

Power added, “Here in New York, we and our partners in the Security Council have urged the parties to comply with international humanitarian law, including by taking all feasible precautions to minimize harm to civilians, and to facilitate the urgent delivery of humanitarian assistance and fuel to all parts of Yemen, including through all of Yemen’s ports.” – by Jamey Keaten =

Kommentar: Wenig später war die Resolution dann ganz vom Tisch. s. oben


29.9.2015 – Independent

The evil empire of Saudi Arabia is the West’s real enemy

Saudis are active at every level of the terror chain: planners to financiers, cadres to foot soldiers, ideologists to cheerleaders

Iran is seriously mistrusted by Israel and America. North Korea protects its nuclear secrets and is ruled by an erratic, vicious man.Vladimir Putin’s territorial ambitions alarm democratic nations. The newest peril, Isis, the wild child of Islamists, has shocked the whole world. But top of this list should be Saudi Arabia – degenerate, malignant, pitiless, powerful and as dangerous as any of those listed above.

The state systematically transmits its sick form of Islam across the globe, instigates and funds hatreds, while crushing human freedoms and aspiration. But the West genuflects to its rulers.

The pernicious Saudi influence is spreading fast and freely. King Salman has offered to build 200 mosques in Germany for recently arrived refugees, many of whom are Muslims. He offered no money for resettlement or basic needs, but Wahhabi mosques, the Trojan horses of the secret Saudi crusade. Several Islamic schools are also sites of Wahhabism, now a global brand. It makes hearts and minds small and suspicious, turns Muslim against Muslim, and undermines modernists.

The late Laurent Murawiec, a French neocon, wrote this in 2002: “The Saudis are active at every level of the terror chain, from planners to financiers, from cadres to foot soldiers, from ideologists to cheerleaders.” Murawiec’s politics were odious, but his observations were spot on. Remember that most of the 9/11 killers were Saudi; so was the al-Qaeda hierarchy.

In the 14 years that have followed 9/11, the Saudis have become more aggressive, more determined to win the culture wars. They pour money into Islamist organisations and operations, promote punishing doctrines that subjugate women and children, and damn liberal values and democracy. They are pursuing a cruel bombing campaign in Yemen that has left thousands of civilians dead and many more in dire straits.

So, what does our ruling establishment do to stop the invisible hand of this Satan? Zilch. The Royal Family, successive governments, parliamentarians, a good number of institutions and people with clout collectively suck up to the Saudi ruling clan. I have not seen any incisive TV investigation of this regime. We know it is up to no good, but evidence is suppressed.

Our leaders know what is going on. So what do they do? They pick on the small people. The Government’s Prevent programme now imposes a duty on educators to watch out for young “radicals” and nip them in the bud. Older dissenters, too. To date, 4,000 young Muslims have been referred for reprogramming. One was three years old. In May, a young Muslim schoolboy talked about “eco-terrorists” and was taken away to be interrogated about whether he supported Isis. Academics, lawyers, doctors and nurses are also expected to become the nation’s spies.

Our leaders will not confront Saudi Arabia, the source of Islamist brainwashing and infection. They won’t because of oil and the profits made by arms sales – by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

12.5.2015 – Al Arabiya

Let us use ISIS and Iran’s tools against them

The impertinence of Iran and its militias has gone as far as opening public recruitment offices in Baghdad. Perhaps they have gone this far due to concerns over Operation Decisive Storm, which was launched in Yemen and which the Iranians view as a threat to their sectarian project. Perhaps this is pushing them to drag more Iraqi youths into the inter-Muslim struggle of the century. There must be similar offices in Afghanistan and Iran itself.

Does it make sense to give up all these years of effort and patience just because Saudi Arabia suddenly shifted from a policy of patience to that of decisiveness and confrontation? Of course not. They will fiercely resist. Saudi Arabia must formulate a comprehensive strategic project. Iran claims that it is engaged in a “jihad” for the sake of “a fair Islamic state that supports the vulnerable,” but we have neither seen real jihad nor an Islamic state.

Jihad is Operation Decisive Storm, whose goal is a fair Islamic state representing everyone in Yemen, Syria, and whatever is left of Iraq. A fair Islamic state is one that replaces perishable dictatorships that have failed in these three countries. It is a state that acts as a catalyst to a movement that not only expels sectarian Iran from our world, but also expels the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as well as tyranny, poverty, ignorance and disease.

Our jihad is not like that of ISIS or Iran, and our state is not like theirs. The pluralistic, democratic state that the Syrian and Yemeni peoples seek is at its core a parliamentarian, constitutional Islamic state based on justice, and which protects the rights of minorities. It is a state where freedom reigns, a model that destroys this distorted image that ISIS claims is the Islamic state – by Jamal Khashoggi

Kommentar: Eigentlich überflüssig. Die Wahabismus-Verbreiter aus Saudi-Arabien, die überall in der islamischen Welt religiöse Konflikte anheizen, werfen eben das dem Iran vor. Und Saudi-Arabien als Vorkämpfer der Demokratie in der arabischen Welt ist ja auch ein guter Witz.


30.9.2015 – Reuters

U.S. tells U.N. it wants to see boost in shipping into war-torn Yemen

The United States has told the United Nations that it wants commercial shipping to conflict-torn Yemen to increase and cautioned that vessels should only be inspected when there are "reasonable grounds" to suspect illicit arms shipments.

The remarks from U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, seen by Reuters on Wednesday, appeared to be an indirect dig at Saudi Arabia, whose coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen has been running naval inspections that have caused shipping to Yemen to grind to a halt.

"We recognize that U.N. agencies and other humanitarian organizations need to freely import humanitarian assistance through Yemen's seaports and airports and pursue needs-based distribution," Power said in the letter, dated Sept. 28.

She said that President Barack Obama and Saudi King Salman both agreed to "fully support and enable the U.N.-led humanitarian relief efforts" in Yemen, and that the Saudi leader has pledged that Riyadh would allow "unfettered access" to all forms of humanitarian aid, including fuel.

Power added that the United States was offering an additional $89 million in humanitarian aid for Yemen, raising the total U.S. aid commitment for the crisis to $170 million.

"We ... anticipate increased commercial activity in the future, with inspections occurring only when there are reasonable grounds to believe a vessel is carrying arms," she said. "This will be critical to restoring the vital imports that provide the bulk of the country's food, fuel and other life-sustaining supplies." – by Louis Charbonneau

Kommentar: Ich erkenne hier vor allem nur eines: Abgrundtiefe Heuchelei.

30.9.2015 – The American Conservative

Obama’s Horrible Blunder in Backing the War on Yemen

It has taken a long while, but at least one member of Congress is finally objecting to U.S. support for the war on Yemen:

There have also been signs that the Obama administration could face more questions over its military support of the air campaign. On Tuesday, Representative Ted W. Lieu, Democrat of California, sent the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff a letter citing reports of civilian deaths and requesting that the United States “cease aiding coalition airstrikes in Yemen until the coalition demonstrates that they will institute proper safeguards to prevent civilian deaths.”

Rep. Lieu deserves some credit here, but his letter is a reminder that members of Congress have been completely indifferent to or supportive of the Saudi-led campaign until now. It has taken six months of indiscriminate and unnecessary bombing enabled by the U.S. to prompt one member’s public protest. Perhaps there are more members that disagree with the administration’s policy here, but if so they have been remarkably quiet about it. The lack of interest from Congress isn’t surprising, but it has made it extremely easy for the U.S. to take part in an atrocious war without having to worry about any attempt at oversight. We can always hope that the administration would agree to Rep. Lieu’s request, but there is every reason to expect that they will ignore it.

The U.S. should never have been a party to this conflict. There is no American interest being served by pummeling and strangling Yemen. Insofar as the war has aided Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, it has actually harmed U.S. interests, and it has done so at a terrible cost to the people of Yemen. While most Americans may be oblivious to this indefensible war and the U.S. role in it, Yemenis are fully aware of our government’s backing for what is being done to them, and we are needlessly making new enemies in a misguided attempt to “reassure” some awful client states. Even if the war weren’t making the U.S. less secure, supporting it is still a horrible and inexcusable blunder – by Daniel Larison


1.10. 2015 – The Guardian

Iran rejects claims of sending arms to Yemen in boat

Iran rejected as “propaganda” on Thursday claims that a seized fishing boat loaded with weapons heading to Yemen was Iranian, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The Saudi-led coalition said on Wednesday that it had seized an Iranian fishing boat in the Arabian Sea loaded with weapons and destined for Shiite rebels it is fighting in Yemen.

A coalition statement said 14 Iranians as well as weapons including anti-tank shells were found on board, and that the boat’s papers showed it was registered and licenced for fishing in Iran.

“Clearly these accusations and propaganda are psychological warfare and baseless,” a foreign ministry source told IRNA. siehe auch

30.9.2015 – Die Zeit

Militärkoalition stoppt offenbar Waffen für Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen

Riad (AFP) Die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Militärkoalition hat nach eigenen Angaben eine iranische Waffenlieferung für die schiitischen Huthi-Rebellen im Jemen abgefangen. Wie die Militärkoalition am Mittwoch mitteilte, wurde bereits am Samstag ein iranisches Fischerboot im Golf von Oman gestoppt. An Bord seien 14 Iraner und Waffen wie Panzerabwehrraketen entdeckt worden. Der Halter des Schiffes ist den Angaben zufolge ein Iraner, der für das Boot eine Fischereilizenz hatte.

30.9.2015 – Reuters

Weapons bound for Yemen seized on Iran boat: coalition

Arab coalition forces waging a military campaign against Houthi fighters in Yemen seized an Iranian boat loaded with weapons in the Arabian Sea on its way to deliver supplies to the group, the Saudi-led alliance said on Wednesday.

A coalition statement said 14 Iranian sailors were detained on the boat, which was carrying 18 anti-armoured Concourse shells, 54 anti-tank shells, shell-battery kits, firing guidance systems, launchers and binoculars' batteries.

"The Command of the Coalition ... foiled an attempt to smuggle weapons destined to the Houthi militias, on an Iranian fishing boat," the statement said, adding the vessel was seized on Saturday some 150 miles off Salalah in southern Oman.

There was no immediate comment from Iran. siehe auch

Kommentar: In internationalen Gewässern aufgegriffen… Im Klartext heißt das Aufbringen dieses Schiffes: Piraterie. Vgl.


1.10.2015 – Jordan Times

King renews support for Yemen at meeting with Hadi

His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday stressed Jordan's support for the efforts exerted to restore the legitimate authority in Yemen and to ensure a secure future for the Yemeni people.

During talks with Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi on the sidelines of the 70th Plenary Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, the two leaders reviewed efforts under way to achieve security in Yemen and the need to arrive at a solution that guarantees restoring Yemen's stability, according to a Royal Court statement.

The Yemeni president expressed his appreciation of the King's stands, and praised His Majesty’s address to the UN summit.


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