Date :Saturday, March 12th, 2016 | Time : 13:56 |ID: 30370 | Print

Team of Experts deliver presentation to the UN Human Rights Council

SHAFAQNA – On March 10th, a team of Yemen experts presented their findings before the UNHCR in Geneva.

The forgotten war of our generation, Yemen stands a momentous stain on the world –  a bleeding scar and a mirror to the world hypocrisy. There, in a dark corner of the world an entire people have been earmarked for destruction by Saudi Arabia, for it ambitionned to stand free in its lands, and under its Sun.

But if Yemen has suffered under the ignominy of imperialism, its voice will no longer be silenced … whether the world still cares to listen or not, Yemen will roar and fight until freedom becomes its name.

Following is the statement Yemen’s team of experts released on social media following its presentation.

“We urge your delegation to ensure that, during this 31st session, the UN Human Rights Council adopts a resolution under agenda item 4 to:

  1. Request the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to urgently dispatch independent investigation teams, with expertise in weapon of mass destruction. They should investigate crimes under international law and other widespread and serious violations and abuses of human rights in Yemen, and provide recommendations for accountability.
  2. Refer the situation in Yemen to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Such a step would make clear to all sides that those who instigate, collude with or carry out war crimes & by default, crimes against Humanity, will be held accountable for their actions
  3. Call upon the 118 nations that are part of the Convention on Cluster Munitions to take immediate action in accordance with the Article 21 of the Convention, to prevent any use of cluster munitions in Yemen or in any other nation.
  4. Ensure the effective protection & sanctity of civilian lives. Acknowledge the multiple, extensive forms of Saudi coalition disproportionate aggression towards and deliberate victimization of the Yemeni people.
  5. Allow access for an independent humanitarian assessment of besieged areas and communities;
  6. Protect humanitarian workers, including medical personnel. Facilitate the rapid and unimpeded passage of relief supplies, and safeguard the sanctity of hospitals and all medical transport vehicles.”

The UNHCR was just one step among many … Yemenis will not allow for their voices to go unheard and their calls for justice to go unanswered.

On February, the International League for Yemen War Crimes was set up by Kim Sharif, a Yemeni-born, London-based solicitor, and long-standing advocate for human rights. Under her impetus all war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Yemen will be addressed, and brought before a court.

Impunity has run its course … beginning right now Yemen has reclaimed its voice.


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