June 10, 2016 – After threatening the United Nation of cutting off its funding to the world body, the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, was forced to remove Saudi Arabia from its annual listing of countries which have issues on children’s rights violations.
In the United Nations’ 2015 report on “Children and Armed Conflict”, Saudi Arabia has been originally reported as part of countries which “kill or maim children” and “engage in attacks on schools and/or hospitals”. Ban Ki-Moon said that what he has done is one of the most painful decisions he had make. He described that the pressure that the country has put unto him was beyond improper. This admission was done after the alliances of countries including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Senegal and Sudan has been cut from the appendix of the annual Children and Armed Conflict report of United Nation.
An open letter created by UN’s Human Rights Watch expressed its disappointment with the UN General’s decision of cutting off the powerful middle eastern country from the list of shame; however, the General Secretary responded that more and more children are likely to suffer if Saudi Arabia would decide to defund the programs of UN.