What is the UN's reasoning (or excuse) behind removing Saudi Arabia from a blacklist of child rights violators despite being blamed for the killing of hundreds of Yemeni children?

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    This was the document you're looking for, before the recent edit: un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=s/2016/360&referer=/… .
    – A. Darwin
    Jun 10, 2016 at 14:50
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    I'm tempted to guess it had something to do with KSA being on Human Rights Council of the UN. (I'll omit the snarky yet true "because UN is a joke" response)
    – user4012
    Jun 11, 2016 at 13:50
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    They threatened the UN to withdraw their financial support for UN projects.
    – Noor
    Oct 7, 2016 at 14:16
  • @user4012, I'll add the snarky yet false "and if you're on the Human Rights Council you obviously don't violate child rights".
    – ugoren
    Oct 8, 2017 at 10:43
  • It's weird to put them on a list of child rights violators for mistreating foreign citizens abroad. I'd expect that only domestic policies should earn you that title. Oct 8, 2017 at 18:00

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An effortless search would have been enough to get the answer.

The summery is, Saudi Arabia and its allies (mainly Gulf countries) put massive pressure on Ban Ki Mun's office by threatening to cut aids for UN's humanitarian relief projects.

  1. UN ‘blackmailed’ into removing Saudi Arabia from blacklist after just a week

UN sources said Ban Ki-moon’s office was barraged with calls from Gulf Arab foreign ministers and ministers from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) following the blacklisting.


Ms Dujarric said Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh had complained to Mr Ban’s office, while diplomats said Egypt, Kuwait and Qatar had also done so.


The Gulf state is the fourth biggest contributor to UNRWA after the United States, European Union and Britain, having contributed nearly $100 million (£69 million) in 2015.

Kuwait and United Arab Emirates – fellow members of the coalition – also provide significant funding to UNRWA, donating nearly $50 million (£34.5 million) between them last year.


Diplomatic sources said the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) would suffer if the blacklisting was upheld, as Saudi allegedly threatened to pull its funding.

  1. Saudis exerted 'massive' pressure on U.N. to be removed from blacklist
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    So UN is a place that wealthy countries pay money to convict other countries !?
    – user 1
    Oct 8, 2017 at 17:31
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    @user1, not only wealthy but also having veto powers, good diplomatic ties, and so on. Why is this surprise you?
    – user4514
    Oct 8, 2017 at 17:41
  • How people all around the world Tolerate this?
    – user 1
    Oct 8, 2017 at 17:43
  • @user1, how did you tolerate Mavi Marmara incident?
    – user4514
    Oct 8, 2017 at 17:48
  • yes. we are weak and not organised, so cannot do anything. BTW it was not incident. it was a complete crime.
    – user 1
    Oct 8, 2017 at 17:52

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