Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Prince faces heat for human rights violation

ANI | Updated: Nov 27, 2018 15:59 IST

Buenos Aires [Argentina], Nov 27 (ANI): The Argentinean judicial authorities have started examining a submission by Human Rights Watch against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is widely known as MBS, in which the watchdog has alleged war crime charges against the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.
MBS, who is also the Defence Minister of the Kingdom, is expected to attend the G20 Summit in Argentina on November 30.
The watchdog filed the submission on November 26, where it outlined its public findings on alleged violations of international law committed during the armed conflict in Yemen since 2015.
"The submission also highlights his possible complicity in serious allegations of torture and other ill-treatment of Saudi citizens, including the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi," Human Rights Watch said in a statement on Tuesday.
Quoting Kenneth Roth, the group's executive director, the statement said, "Argentine prosecutorial authorities should scrutinize Mohammed bin Salman's role in possible war crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition since 2015 in Yemen."
"The crown prince's attendance at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires could make the Argentine courts an avenue of redress for victims of abuses unable to seek justice in Yemen or Saudi Arabia," the statement added.
"Universal jurisdiction cases are an increasingly important part of international efforts to hold those responsible for atrocities accountable, provide justice to victims who have nowhere else to turn, deter future crimes, and help ensure that countries do not become safe havens for human rights abusers," the statement further highlighted.
Sending a strong and clear message to the Crown Prince, it said, "A decision by Argentine officials to move towards investigation would be a strong signal that even powerful officials like Mohammed bin Salman are not beyond the reach of the law - And Mohammed bin Salman should know that he may face a criminal probe if he ventures to Argentina."
The Saudi Crown Prince is currently in the spotlight due to journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing.
There are calls from US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis for a peaceful resolution and ceasefire in Yemen, even though reports have emerged that the US may be taking a step back from a ceasefire in Yemen due to the fear of angering Saudi Arabia, who is a key ally of the US.
Yemen has been embroiled in a conflict since 2015, with regular clashes between Houthi militia and the Saudi-led and US-backed Arab coalition. Around 10,000 lives have been lost in the conflict till now as a raging food crisis in the middle-east nation has caused widespread malnutrition and the deaths of children. (ANI)