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Who is the UN siding with in Yemen?

Are UN reports about Middle Eastern crises neutral? Are they innocent of “leftist” Obama’s infiltrations and Khomeinite-Brotherhood infiltrations?

We are specifically talking about Yemen here as I will not discuss this institution’s reports and stances towards others matters, such as the Syrian disaster.

A recent UN report about Yemen strangely equalized between what’s legitimate and illegitimate, between the Houthis and Saleh’s forces on one hand and the Yemeni legitimate government and the coalition in support of legitimacy on another. At least that’s how it looked like.

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The report focused on violating children’s rights and believed many of the Houthis’ misleading propaganda and the media reports by outlets affiliated with the ousted vengeful president Saleh.

Yemeni journalist Hamdan al-Ali has written how Houthi activists and those sympathizing with them, from among the Khomeini supporters in the West, and the remnants of the leftists who are “skilled” at hating Saudi Arabia infiltrated human rights organizations.

Considering Resolution 2216, which the legitimate dispensation in Yemen sees as a reference, isn’t UN supposed to ensure its adherence

Mashari Althaydi

Vision of the case

These reports are dangerous because they are mostly based on Houthis’ and Saleh’s opinion and their vision of the Yemeni case. There is plenty of evidence to that. They’re also dangerous because they prepare for UN political decisions.

It is therefore important to confront this propaganda early. The legitimacy’s media and its civil activity in the West are to blame here.

The secretary generals of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned the recent UN report because it relied on Houthi reports.

Yemen’s legitimate government responded to the report and said: “The Houthis forged the records of the health ministry and centers which are under the rebel’s control. Children who are killed at the fighting fronts are being documented as civilian children killed by the coalition’s air strikes.”

Also read: Houthi rockets fired from Yemen land on Saudi mountain village

Another party that deludes the UN is the British organization Oxfam. One of the political activities Oxfam carried out at the beginning of the year was dispatching a member of the British House of Commons “under the hospitality of the UN.”

Oxfam supported his visit to “politically” embellish the Houthis’ image in front of the European society.

According to a piece by Hamdan al-Ali published in this daily, the British MP wrote: “the Houthi rebels must not be negatively viewed and they must not be viewed as Iran’s agents.”

Commenting on the UN Security Council Resolution 2216, which the entire international community agrees on, the British MP voiced the importance of “reaching a ceasefire, holding negotiations and finding an alternative to the UNSCR 2216.”

Speaking of Resolution 2216, which the legitimate dispensation in Yemen insists on as a reference, isn’t the UN supposed to ensure its adherence considering it is the institution that produced it?

This article is also available in Arabic.

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Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.

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Last Update: Monday, 9 October 2017 KSA 14:35 - GMT 11:35
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