Radhya Almutawakel, Chairperson of Yemeni NGO Mwatana Organization for Human Rights, holding a postcard showing the beauty and the destruction of her capital city. Photo: Ralf Schlesener

Today, the Human Rights Council in Geneva made progress towards achieving peace, justice, and accountability in Yemen by mandating a formal investigation into human rights abuses by all parties in the country.

“Finally, the Human Rights Council is prioritizing the lives of innocent people over financial interest. Establishing an international independent inquiry committee to investigate violations by all warring parties in Yemen is one small step toward peace and justice. For the sake of the people of my country, I hope that stopping arms supplies to Saudi Arabia and other warring parties to the conflict in Yemen is the next step” said Radhya Almutawakel, chairperson of Mwatana Organization for Human Rights in Yemen.

For the past two and a half years, there has been multiple evidence of warring parties in the conflict violating international human rights and humanitarian law by targeting hospitals, schools, and other public spaces. Today’s resolution formally tasks a group of international experts to investigate these abuses, providing credibility, transparency, and impartiality to the evidence documenting process.

Control Arms welcomes the adoption of this resolution as an important step towards accountability in a conflict largely ignored by the international community. Control Arms further calls on all governments to immediately stop all arms transfers to any warring parties to the conflict in Yemen.

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