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Yemen: Armed Conflict

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 25th July 2016.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2016 to Question 41351, for what reason his Department has not called for an international commission of inquiry to be established in addition to the measures listed in that Answer.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We want to see the Saudis investigate allegations of breaches of international humanitarian law (IHL) which are attributed to them; and for their investigations to be thorough and conclusive. Saudi Arabia has publicly stated that it is investigating reports of alleged violations of IHL, and that any lessons learned will be acted upon. They have the best insight into their own military procedures. This is the standard we set ourselves and our allies. For example, when allegations have been made against us in Afghanistan and Iraq we investigated these claims.

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