UN ends Yemen war crimes probe

Wang Xinjuan
2021-10-08 15:04:22
A tribal fighter stands at a position in Marib, Yemen, October 2, 2020. /Reuters

Bahrain, Russia and other members of the UN Human Rights Council pushed through a vote on Thursday to shut down the body's war crimes investigations in Yemen.

Members narrowly voted to reject a resolution led by the Netherlands to give the independent investigators another two years to monitor atrocities in Yemen's conflict.

It marked the first time in the council's 15-year history that a resolution was defeated.

The independent investigators have said in the past that potential war crimes have been committed by all sides in the seven-year conflict, which has left at least 100,000 people dead and four million displaced.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres still believes there is a need for accountability in Yemen, spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York.

"We will continue to press for accountability in Yemen, a place in which civilians have seen repeated crimes committed against them," Dujarric said.

Source(s): Reuters


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