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Calls on UNHRC to investigate UAE recruitment of mercenaries in Yemen

March 15, 2018 at 9:33 am

The Arab Organisation for Human Rights in Britain has called on the UN Human Rights Council to form a special committee to investigate the UAE’s recruitment of mercenaries in Yemen.

During a seminar organised at the UNHRC in Geneva, the organisation accused the United Arab Emirates of carrying out “indiscriminate attacks against civilians” during its war along with Saudi Arabia against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Investigations have been opened to hold the UAE accountable for its administration of secret prisons in Yemen, where human rights investigations revealed that hundreds of prisoners are being subjected to ill-treatment and brutal torture.

According to the organisation, the United Arab Emirates used cluster bombs during its war and recruited mercenaries to carry out torture and field executions.

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On 27 November, the organisation commissioned a law firm to file a formal complaint with the International Criminal Court demanding an urgent investigation into the UAE recruitment of armies of foreign mercenaries to carry out criminal activities in Yemen.

The UAE has been a key ally of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen since March 2015, which has left thousands dead and wounded.

Saudi quagmire in Yemen - Cartoon [Latuff/MiddleEastMonitor]

Saudi quagmire in Yemen – Cartoon [Latuff/MiddleEastMonitor]