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The United Nations General Assembly should act swiftly to establish an investigative mechanism to gather and preserve evidence of serious human rights abuses and violations of the laws of war in Yemen, a coalition of more than 60 organizations said today. Failure to act would not only be a vote for impunity in Yemen, it would be tantamount to a green light to commit further abuses and war crimes.

Families of Yemeni detainees in Guantanamo Bay, UAE, have expressed their joy at the release of their 12 detainees after a journey of suffering that lasted nearly 20 years, expressing their thanks for the efforts of human rights organisations that supported their claims and made their voices heard in the world, until their  freedom was finally restored

The undersigned civil society organisations express their condemnation and deep disappointment at the decision of the UN Human Rights Council to terminate the mandate of the Panel of Eminent Experts on Yemen, the only impartial international mechanism tasked with investigating human rights violations and gross violations of human rights and humanitarian law committed by all parties to the armed conflict in the country.

Our concerns
  • Gross violations of international humanitarian and human rights law by all parties to the conflict, including foreign actors;
  • Unprecedented humanitarian crisis, aggravated by the blockade imposed by the Saudi coalition and by the restrictions and diversion of humanitarian aid by the Houthi forces;
  • Continued, systematic and widespread practice of arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance and torture by all parties;
  • Impunity of perpetrators of human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity.


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