UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon gestures during a press conference on May 24, 2016 during the World Humanitarian Summit closing cerenomy in Istanbul. / AFP / OZAN KOSE
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The United Nations Tuesday was forced to defend its decision to remove the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen from a blacklist of child rights violators after rights groups expressed dismay.U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric insisted that no final decision had been made, and that the coalition was taken off the list pending a review that is expected to be completed before August.In its annual report on children in armed conflict published Thursday, the United Nations added the coalition to its list of shame after concluding it was responsible for 60 percent of the 785 children killed in Yemen last year.Human Rights Watch charged that Ban had capitulated to Saudi pressure after the United Nations itself had extensively documented the coalition's airstrikes on schools and hospitals in Yemen.Amnesty International slammed what it called the "shameful pandering" to the Saudi-led coalition.
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