Saudi Arabia endorses report of Yemeni National Commission of Inquiry

Seeking global cooperation ... Saudi Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Faisal Trad.
Updated 01 October 2016
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Saudi Arabia endorses report of Yemeni National Commission of Inquiry

GENEVA: Saudi Arabia has welcomed the submission of the initial report of the Yemeni National Independent Commission of Inquiry confirming that it is “In line with international standards and with a high level of seriousness. It also monitored 9,816 cases of violation of human rights of citizens in Yemen and international humanitarian law.”

Speaking at the United Nations Human Rights Council, Saudi Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Faisal Trad said Thursday: “Two years ago, the Houthi rebels along with Ali Abdullah Saleh loyalists took over the capabilities of Yemen in flagrant violation of all international laws which exposed the Yemeni people to murder and displacement. No woman or child was spared their criminal acts. In spite of the international support for the legitimate government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the issuance of international legitimacy resolutions calling those putschists to hand over power to the legitimate government, they are still dragging their feet and exposing the Yemeni people to more suffering.”
Trad called for the international community to back the legitimate Yemeni efforts that peacefully seek to resume the political process in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2216 and the Gulf initiative and its executive mechanism.
He also called for the need to help the Yemeni people get out of these dangerous events, so as to maintain Yemen’s security, stability and unity and the region’s security and stability as well.
Trad announced the Kingdom’s rejection of the UN High Commissioner’s call to establish an international commission of inquiry, stressing that “the work of the Yemeni National Commission of Inquiry, set up by the legitimate president of Yemen, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, is now the most important safeguard against escaping impunity and accountability.”
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) also welcomed the report, saying in a joint speech, delivered by Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, that “The GCC does not see justification for the High Commissioner’s call for the establishment of an international commission of inquiry." The National Committee of Yemen has made great strides with regard to accountability, and called on the Human Rights Council to provide adequate support to this commission in accordance with its needs, the GCC said.
The GCC countries expressed their regret over the “indifference of the Houthi militias and Saleh’s loyalists toward the suffering of the Yemeni people of the consequences of the deteriorating humanitarian conditions, in addition to the continuing shelling and targeting of civilians. The Iran-backed Houthi militias recruit children and women, and commit atrocious violations.”
The GCC countries denounced the intentional obstruction and disruption by the rebels of peace consultations on Yemen.


Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

Updated 19 April 2019
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Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

JEDDAH: Saudi border guards rescued a French female tourist on Friday after she broke her leg on board a cruise ship in the Red Sea.
The 85-year-old was aboard the Costa Luminosa off the coast of south-west Saudi Arabia when the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Jeddah received an emergency call from the King Abdulaziz International Airport’s search and rescue center, saying the women needed emergency medical attention.The details of the message was passed to the Saudi Arabia Border Guards.
The border guard’s vessel Al-Lith was sent to meet the cruise ship near Al-Qahma, in the Kingdom’s south-western Asir region.
Lt Col. Misfer Bin Ghanam Al-Qarni, border guards spokesman, said the patient was transferred to Jazan, where she was then taken to Prince Mohammed Bin Nasser Hospital by ambulance.
The Costa Luminosa, which was traveling from Salalah in Oman toward Aqaba in Jordan, continued on its voyage.