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Int’l Campaign Urges War Crimes Trial of Saudi Arabia’s Bin Salman

1 November 2018 16:58

Lawmakers, human rights activists, academics and journalists from several European countries launched an international campaign to call for trial of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on charges of war crimes in Yemen and widespread human rights abuses in the kingdom.

The organizers of the international campaign decided to launch it after a meeting in the Dutch city of The Hague, the Arabic-language al-Khaleej Online reported on Tuesday.

The Saudi crown prince is accused of killing Yemenis in the daily bombardments, which have been going on since the year 2015 and claimed the lives of tens of thousands of civilians, including more than 6,000 children, the organizers said.

The international campaign stresses that the trial of Bin Salman has become an urgent and more important need than ever, as he continues to lead a criminal war against Yemen that includes committing the most heinous massacres against children, women and elderly, and personally directing the Saudi army to bomb civilian targets, according to the report.

Yemen’s defenseless people have been under massive attacks by the coalition for more than three-and-a-half years but Riyadh has reached none of its objectives in Yemen so far.

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights announced in a statement on March 25 that the war had left 600,000 civilians dead and injured until then. The war and the accompanying blockade have also caused famine across Yemen.

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