U.N., Congress Give Iran Pass on Murdering Scores With Landmines in Yemen

Washington Free Beacon | 4/5/2019 | Adam Kredo
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BY: Adam Kredo

The international community handed Iran a collective pass this week as it commemorated its annual landmine awareness day with almost no mention of the growing strife in Yemen, where around one million Iranian landmines have been placed underground, threatening scores of civilians.

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The United Nations, which holds events to bring attention to International Mine Awareness Day, neglected to mention Iran and its Houthi-backed terror forces in Yemen, the only global conflict where thousands of landmines are still planted underground on a weekly basis. U.N. Secretary General Antonio Gutierrez did not mention either country in his statement on landmines.

Instead, it was left to the U.S.-aligned Yemeni government and the Saudi relief agency engaged in determining operations to call attention to what experts have described as the world’s worst ongoing crisis regarding landmines, which routinely wound civilians and children long after a conflict ends.

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U.S. lawmakers also largely passed on publicly condemning the worsening human rights situation in Yemen, which has emerged as a top foreign policy debate in Washington, D.C., in the wake of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Many members of Congress have sought to cut off U.S. assistance to the Saudi military campaign against the Houthis as a sort of punishment for Khashoggi's mysterious murder. Critics of this stance have argued that it should be a priority for the United States to thwart Iran’s ongoing military campaign in Yemen.

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"The Iran-backed Houthi extremists have employed many war tactics that violate international law and threaten the human rights of all Yemeni citizens," Yemen’s government said in a statement commemorating Mine Awareness Day. "One of the most sinister of their terror tactics is the use of landmines around Yemeni cities, farms, and residential areas. These mines threaten the security of innocent Yemeni citizens, impede the delivery of humanitarian...
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