The false UN report on Yemen

Mashari Althaydi

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The shock of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report on Yemen, which is full of political and legal mines must be a “positive shock.”

The “international” Arab coalition is not just the coalition of Saudi Arabia and the UAE as these two countries are acting in Yemen under the umbrella of international legitimacy and the UN Security Council resolutions. That’s just a reminder!

Hence, things must be put on the right track. The war in Yemen is not between “parties” or “conflicting parties”, let alone between Hadi’s forces and Ansar Allah’s forces, i.e. the Khomeini Houthi militia.

Hence, things must be put on the right track. The war in Yemen is not between “parties” or “conflicting parties”, let alone between Hadi’s forces and Ansar Allah’s forces, i.e. the Khomeini Houthi militia. No, it’s a conflict between legitimacy and illegitimacy

Mashari Althaydi

No, it’s a conflict between legitimacy and illegitimacy, between international law and terror gangs, between the UN Security Council, which is the highest international authority, and terrorist coup militias.

This language and spirit are what was missing in the UN “experts” report, regardless of the report’s details.

Language used

Yemen’s ambassador at the UN Ahmad Awad bin Mubarak noticed something important and said during his interview with Sky News that the report “had a non-neutral language that’s closer to activists’ language!”

The report’s flaw – despite the fact that it condemned the Houthis a little and this is normal! – is, as we said, that it had a strange odor and attempted to “normalize” legal and legitimate equality between the Khomeini Houthi coup camp, which is a danger to Saudi Arabia and the UAE in particular, with Yemeni legitimacy.

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This means recklessness in terms of protecting Saudi, Emirati, Arab and even international security that is being threatened by the Houthi missiles and mines in the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait.

While lamenting the humanitarian situation, the report, for example, ignored Saudi Arabia’s, the UAE’s and Kuwait’s donation of $1.180 billion to UN agencies operating in Yemen.

The report also marginalized the truth that the ruling ceiling to everything that’s happening in Yemen and regarding Yemen is governed according to the three internationally recognized references: the national dialogue decisions, the Gulf initiative and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions especially Resolution 2216.

This is an indicator that the report has an unpleasant smell. The opposing camp quickly employed it as seen in the tweet of Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani who sympathetically advised and said: “The UN report about Yemen is worrying,” and called for morality and humanity!

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Yemen’s Minister of Information Muammar al-Eryani further discussed the report’s flaws and said: “The report described the Yemeni crisis as a conflict and referred to the Houthi militias as a de facto authority and as forces, not militias. It described the national army and resistance as militias in support of Hadi.

It described the military operation launched by the government to liberate the city of Hodeidah as aggression, in an apparent opposition to all Security Council resolutions and references about resolving the Yemeni crisis.”

The positive shock, which the Coalition members must think of, especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE, is how to confront the leftist-Khomeini poisonous propaganda against us in western capitals early, and from front lines.

This is the issue. This is the ounce of prevention that is worth a pound of cure.

This article is also available in Arabic.

Saudi journalist Mshari Al Thaydi @MAlthaydy 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 & the Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Al Thaydi 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.

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