Human rights groups urge the UN to investigate Saudi atrocities in Yemen


August 30, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

57 Yemeni and international rights groups have submitted a letter to members of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations to conduct independent investigations into human rights violations in Yemen.

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“Serious violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of international human rights law by parties to the conflict have continued to be committed with impunity,” Human Rights Watch (HRW), one of the 57 signatories, said in a statement on Tuesday.

HRW emphasized that the Saudi-led coalition had carried numerous “unlawful airstrikes, some of which may amount to war crimes, that have killed thousands of civilians and hit schools, hospitals, markets and homes.”

“The victims of abuses in Yemen cannot afford to wait longer for credible investigations into ongoing grave violations and abuses to be undertaken,” the letter by the rights organizations said.

Over 12,000 people have been killed since the Saudi aggression against Yemen began in March 2015. It has also seen the destruction of vital infrastructure such as hospitals, electricity networks and schools by the Saudi-led airstrikes. 

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