UNITED NATIONS – Two prominent human rights groups are calling on the General Assembly to suspend Saudi Arabia's membership on the United Nation's top human rights body.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch told reporters Wednesday at U.N. headquarters the country has committed "systemic violations of human rights," including the killing of women and children amid the Saudi-led coalition's military campaign in Yemen.
As a result, the country should be banned from the U.N. Human Rights Council, the groups said.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this month removed the Saudi-led coalition from its list of states and groups that violate children's rights in conflict because its supporters threatened to stop funding many U.N. programs. The move was heavily criticized.
The two groups say "indiscriminate" Saudi-led airstrikes are responsible more than 900 civilian deaths.