A member of the European Parliament has criticized Europe’s double standard on human rights, saying the EU is complicit in crimes and atrocities committed by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition against Yemen.
Mick Wallace, an independent Irish member of the European Parliament, made the comments in a tweet as he took the EU to task for its selective approach to human rights abuses and for failing to fulfill its duty to address the humanitarian crisis in war-torn Yemen.
Wallace wrote in his tweet, “We love human rights when we can beat China and Iran with it, but we can’t have a debate in Parliament on Yemen because we’re complicit in the Saudi-UAE genocide that’s killing hundreds of thousands and starving millions.”
The U.S. and European countries are major arms suppliers in the Saudi Arabia-led aggression against Yemen.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies, including the United Arab Emirates, launched the war against Yemen in March 2015 with the aim of restoring the government of Riyadh-aligned former President Abed Rabbo Mansur Hadi to power.
The United Nations has stressed the need for a cease-fire in Yemen, warning that Saudi Arabia-led aggression has claimed tens of thousands of lives in the impoverished Arab country over the past six years.
The war has also taken a heavy toll on Yemen’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools and factories. According to the United Nations, more than 24 million Yemenis are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, including 10 million who are suffering from extreme hunger. Children are among the most vulnerable victims of the Saudi war on Yemen, but the problem has drawn little international response.
The Houthi Ansarullah movement, backed by the armed forces, is defending Yemen against the Saudi Arabia-led alliance and preventing the aggressors from achieving the goals of the cruel war.
by Xavier Cuesta – European Correspondent