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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has expressed serious concern about the situation in Yemen, where all parties to the conflict continue to violate human rights and international humanitarian law in defiance of the fundamental principles of the rule of law.

Alkarama has written to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances regarding three Yemenis who were arbitrarily arrested by the de facto authorities in Hudaydah, western Yemen, and taken to unknown destinations. Their families still do not know their fate to this day.

62 human rights organizations, including Alkarama, sent letter to members of the United Nations Human Rights Council ahead of the Council's 48th session, calling for the formation of an international investigative body focusing on criminal cases in Yemen and ensuring the continuity of the work of the Panel of Eminent Experts on Yemen under a continuous or multi-year mandate.

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.


Human Rights Instruments
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
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Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT)
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International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED)
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Human Rights Council
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