Hacker News article The U.N. human rights office has issued a call for a nationwide strike on March 1 to protest the ongoing assault on the human rights of millions of people in the Middle East and North Africa.
The call comes on the heels of a new report by Amnesty International documenting systematic human rights violations by the Saudi-led coalition that is bombing Yemen and other countries in the region.
It says the coalition’s assault has caused an estimated 7.6 million people to die since March 2015, while at the same time destroying much of Yemen’s infrastructure, including a crucial power grid, communications networks, and transportation infrastructure.
“There is no end in sight for the suffering of millions in Yemen,” said Daniel Ochoa, Amnesty’s Middle East director.
“It’s time to strike and demand a halt to this assault on humanity.”
The call to strike comes just days after Saudi Arabia launched a new military campaign against Yemen, calling in airstrikes from bases in the country’s southern province of Jizan and elsewhere.
The strikes have killed hundreds of civilians, including at least 30 children, Amnesty says.
Amnesty also reports that civilians in the coalition-held areas of Yemen have been forced to leave their homes, as Saudi Arabia has restricted access to food and water.
A new wave of violence has been reported in Yemen since Saudi Arabia began its bombing campaign in March, with the Houthi rebel movement seizing control of the capital, Sanaa, in March of this year.
The coalition is fighting to defeat the Houthis, a Sunni Muslim movement led by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Amnesty’s report also alleges that the coalition is carrying out a brutal campaign of mass executions, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, torture, and summary executions of people who it deems to be part of the rebel movement.
“The Houthis are not the only targets of Saudi Arabia’s aggression in Yemen.
The Saudis are also launching their air raids in the cities of Taiz, Jizani, and the southern province,” said Ochoo.
“These air attacks are not targeting a single group, but a systematic assault on civilians in every part of Yemen.”
The report notes that since the beginning of the coalition war in March 2015 there has been a total of 4,934 civilian deaths.
A total of 2,946 civilians have been injured.
Amnesty calls on Saudi Arabia to stop the bombardment of civilian areas, and to allow the UN Security Council to hold a meeting to discuss the ongoing crisis in Yemen and call for an immediate end to the aggression.