An Iranian rights group has called on the United Nations to impose an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, saying the kingdom is committing war crimes by targeting Yemeni civilians in its deadly military campaign against the impoverished country.
The secretary general of the Human Rights Organization of Iranian Youths, Amin Ansari, made the remarks in a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Saturday.
“The Saudi government, supported and equipped by Western nations, is committing war crimes, including targeting civilians and completely disregarding the principle of distinction between military and civilian targets”, Ansari wrote.
The letter came as the world community marked the UN Disarmament Week, which seeks to promote awareness and better understanding of disarmament issues and their cross-cutting importance.
Starting on October 24, the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, the week-long annual observance was first called for in the Final Document of the General Assembly’s 1978 special session on disarmament (resolution S-10/2).