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Panel of experts to investigate rights violations in Yemen

December 5, 2017 at 10:16 am

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein attends the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council at the U.N. European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, 13 September 2016 [REUTERS/Denis Balibouse]

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid bin Ra’ad Al-Hussein, named yesterday members of an expert group set to investigate human rights violations in Yemen.

The group of experts will include Tunisian human rights activist Kamel Jendoubi who will serve as chairperson, former criminal prosecutor Professor Charles Garraway from the United Kingdom and former Australian Labour Party member Melissa Parke.

“For three years the people of Yemen have been subjected to death, destruction and despair. It is essential that those who have inflicted such violations and abuses are held to account” Al-Hussein said in a statement.

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“The group’s creation is an important step toward accountability and ending impunity for the serious violations of human rights committed by all sides in Yemen amid a worsening humanitarian crisis in the country, and ensuring justice and remedy for the victims,” he added. According to the statement the eminent expert group is expected to submit a comprehensive written report to the High Commissioner by September 2018.

Earlier in September the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to establish a group of eminent international and regional experts to investigate human rights violations in Yemen.

The group of experts will investigate alleged human rights violations and violations of international law committed by all parties to the conflict since September 2014.