British MP Vaz lauds KSRelief activities

Visiting British legislator Keith Vaz holds talks with KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah in Riyadh. (Photo courtesy KSRelief).
Updated 08 December 2017
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British MP Vaz lauds KSRelief activities

RIYADH: A visiting British MP praised the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) for helping refugees worldwide, including in Yemen.
Keith Vaz made the statement at KSRelief’s headquarters in Riyadh after meeting on Wednesday with its General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah.
Vaz said KSRelief’s activities in Yemen and Djibouti are highly commendable, and he thanked King Salman for his support in helping the needy.
Al-Rabeeah told Vaz that KSRelief has helped 38 countries, and is carrying out several projects in Yemen to help women and children.
Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi told Vaz that his warning in September 2012 to then-British Prime Minister David Cameron about Iranian interference in Yemen had come true.
Hadi praised the efforts of Vaz, who was born in Aden, in promoting Yemeni-UK relations.
Vaz hailed Hadi’s efforts in serving Yemen, and invited him to visit the UK and address Parliament.
Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdul-Malik Al-Mekhlafi told Vaz that the ongoing conflict “was not the choice of the government, but imposed by the rebels who sabotaged the political process, invaded cities, killed and displaced thousands of people, and rounded up thousands of others.”
The internationally recognized Yemeni government has responded positively to all UN peace proposals, but the rebels have undermined those initiatives, Al-Mekhlafi added.
 


Perpetrators of violence against civilians should be held accountable: Saudi envoy

Children attending an open-air Arabic school in February at Kutupalong refugee camp, where they were learning to read the Qur’an. (Reuters)
Updated 24 May 2018
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Perpetrators of violence against civilians should be held accountable: Saudi envoy

  • Al-Mouallimi: International law and Islamic principles are being violated with impunity
  • In Yemen, abuses against civilians by Iran-backed Houthi militias include the recruitment of children, the planting of mines in civilian neighborhoods and the use of human shields, said Saudi Arabia's top diplomat at the UN

JEDDAH: Perpetrators of violence against civilians should be held accountable and punished for their crimes, the Saudi ambassador to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, told the Security Council on Tuesday.

International law and Islamic principles are being violated with impunity, he added. “We witnessed a new massacre committed by Israeli occupation forces in Gaza, which killed dozens of Palestinian martyrs and wounded thousands,” he said. 

“And for seven consecutive years, the world has witnessed bloodletting in Syria, which killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians using various means,” including “genocide,” he added. 

“In Myanmar, the world is watching as hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya are driven out of their homes that are burnt, their women raped and children displaced.”

In Yemen, abuses against civilians by Iran-backed Houthi militias include the recruitment of children, the planting of mines in civilian neighborhoods and the use of human shields, Al-Mouallimi said. 

He cited the example of four-year-old Jamila, who had been used as a human shield. She was saved by Saudi-led coalition forces and handed over to her family.

Saudi Arabia supports the formation of a committee of inquiry into Israel’s crimes in Gaza, and a mechanism to collect documents and evidence to hold perpetrators of war crimes in Syria accountable, Al-Mouallimi said.

He stressed the need to facilitate the return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar in a safe, dignified and voluntary way, and to hold accountable those who caused them harm.