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UN Report: Saudi Arabia, UAE (not US, UK, France) Among Accused of Possible War Crimes in Yemen

The “Group of Regional and International Eminent Experts on Yemen” published its findings in a 41-page report on Tuesday, accusing individuals from the Government of Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of ‘acts which may amount’ to war crimes.

The Group Experts’ findings are still subject to legal decision, and were mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council. According to the OHCHR:

The Group of Experts’ report, which covers the period from September 2014 to June 2018, analyses the main patterns of violations and abuses of international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law committed by parties to the conflict. The report also identifies significant areas where violations and abuses may have been committed but further investigation is required.

Among their conclusions, the experts say individuals in the Government of Yemen and the coalition, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and in the de facto authorities have committed acts that may, subject to determination by an independent and competent court, amount to international crimes.

In December 2017, the Office of the High Commissioner established the Group Experts on Yemen. The group consists of Kamel Jendoubi of Tunisia (Chairperson), Charles Garraway of the United Kingdom (expert), and Melissa Parke of Australia (expert).

There was no mention in the report of the US, UK or France — all parties to the conflict in Yemen — providing support, training and weapons to Saudi Arabia.

READ MORE YEMEN NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Yemen Files

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