Yemen: War Crimes

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 25th September 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in its report Situation of human rights in Yemen, including violations and abuses since September 2014, published 17 August, that it has reasonable grounds to believe that individuals in the government of Yemen and the Saudi–UAE coalition may have conducted attacks in violation of the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution that may amount to war crimes.

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This UN report further underlines the deeply concerning human rights situation in Yemen and the importance of reaching a political solution to this conflict. We believe it is important to give the Group of Eminent Experts more time to fully examine the conflict and to ensure that its conclusions accurately reflect the conduct of all parties in future reporting. The UK joined the consensus on the Resolution that established the Group of Eminent Experts last year and we hope the UN Human Rights Council will renew its existing mandate this year.

We regularly raise the importance of compliance with international humanitarian law with the Saudi Arabian Government and other members of the Coalition. The Saudi-led Coalition Joint Incidents Assessment Team has so far announced the findings of over 85 investigations.

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