Verify facts or lose credibility
It was a baseless accusation and appeared to be biased in the favor of Houthi rebels, notorious for the use of child soldiers in clear violation of international laws.
The United Nations needs to be very careful of its sources. It is unfair to gather information from unreliable sources and issue reports based on such information
without ascertaining the veracity of the reports.
Though the United Nations has removed Saudi Arabia from the blacklist unconditionally and irreversibly, it must be noted that further false accusations will be met with intolerance.
In politics, as in other spheres of life, people have different opinions about issues. However, it is essential that these opinions are not based on propaganda, misinformation, disinformation, or outright lies. One must form opinions on what is real, not on misleading information with questionable validity and reliability. The UN must focus on empirical evidence, facts and verifiable statistics, rather than slogans, rumors and slander.
When the world is watching, one needs to have one’s house in order, when it comes to having valid, accurate and most importantly, named sources. In addition to apologizing, the UN should start its own program to raise education level in Yemen and other places in need and support humanitarian efforts such as the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid.
This organization, the UN should note, paid Yemen SR155 billion, supplied aircraft based relief to Aden, supplied almost a million food baskets, and made other significant efforts on a humanitarian basis.
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