UN fails to launch independent probe into Yemen war crimes

UN fails to launch independent probe into Yemen war crimes
UN fails to launch independent probe into Yemen war crimes

An EU-backed resolution demanding an independent inquiry into human rights violations during the Yemeni war has been withdrawn at the UN Human Rights Council. Instead, to activists’ discontent, a weakened “reasonable compromise” text has been adopted.

“strong” resolution submitted by Slovenia and backed by 21 other EU states failed at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday, September 27. EU members had requested an“independent” international inquiry “to monitor and report on the situation of human rights in Yemen, on violations and abuses thereof since September 2014.

As a result of days of behind-the-scenes talks, an updated and far milder “compromise” version of the resolution drawn up by Sudan on behalf of African Group was adopted without a vote on Thursday.

The resolution now calls for the allocation of “additional international human rights experts to its Yemen programme in coordination with the Government of Yemen” and the assurance that “the National Commission investigates allegations of violation and abuse committed by all parties to the conflict.”

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who has long been calling for an independentinvestigation, will also have to prepare an oral report on the situation in Yemen for the human rights council’s next meeting, the text of the resolution says.