UN Commissioner calls for international investigation of Human rights abuses in Yemen

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad al Hussain, urged on Monday to establish an independent international investigation committee to investigate thoroughly the violations of international humanitarian and human rights law committed in Yemen.

 

In his word before the OHCHR in Geneva "The region will face a terrible popular suffering and enormous long-term consequences because of the devastation happening in Yemen".

 

The Commissioner appealed the conflict parties to reach a permanent agreement and to comply with their obligations under the international laws, overall access of humanitarian assistance.

 

He also called "to establish an independent international investigation committee to conduct a thorough investigation about the violations of international humanitarian and human rights law committed in Yemen."

 

"The suffering of the Yemeni people is exacerbated by the massive outbreak of cholera, which is a direct result of indiscriminate attacks by the conflict parties on medical centers and other places that must be protected," he said.

 

"We continue to receive an enormous number of reports about arbitrary, unlawful detention, enforced disappearances, torture and ill-treatment on both sides of the conflict."

 

However, the Yemeni authorities, the Arab Coalition leadership nor the Houthis were not immediately available to comment on the UN commissioner statement.

 

Last Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the death toll from the cholera epidemic in Yemen had increased to 2,054 and recorded 618,209 cholera cases in 22 provinces and 300 districts in Yemen since April 27.

 

Therewith, International and local organizations are working to help Yemenis living in dire humanitarian conditions as a result of the two and half year old war, in coincidence with the outbreak of the epidemic.

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