Yemen

New evidence of the use of cluster munitions - REPORT - 15/01/2016

Amnesty International has gathered evidence which appears to confirm reports that Saudi Arabian led coalition forces dropped United States manufactured  clustered munitions on Sana'a, the Yemen capital, on 06 January 2016. The attack killed a 16 year old boy and wounded at least six other civilians. Submunitions were scattered in at least four different residential neighbourhoods. Amnesty is calling on the coalition to immediately stop using cluster munitions, which are inherently indiscriminate weapons and are internationally banned. Read more.

Meanwhile, in the third quarter of 2015 the UK granted over £1bn worth of arms export licences to Saudi Arabia according to newly published figures released by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. This was despite overwhelming evidence of massive human rights violations committed by the Saudi-led coalition in its aerial bombing campaign in Yemen. More information.

Amnesty is calling on the United Kingdom government to halt all arms exports to Saudi Arabia where the weapons are at risk of being used in the Yemen conflict to commit violations of international law. Take action. Sign the petition.

Amnesty is also calling for the establishment of an independent international inquiry to investigate alleged violations by all parties to the conflict in Yemen, establish the facts, and identify the perpetrators of such violations with a view to ensuring that those responsible are held accountable. As well as the Human Rights Council, an international investigation or inquiry could be established through a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly or the UN Security Council - or by the UN Secretary-General or the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on their own initiative.

Nine journalists arbitrarily detained - URGENT ACTION - 29/01/2016
Nine Yemeni journalists, who work for a variety of news outlets, were taken from a hotel room in Sana'a on 09 June 2015 and arbitrarily detained by the Huthi armed group. They are currently held in the al-Thawra pre-detention facility in Sana'a. Their detention appears to be solely on the basis of their journalistic work. Take action.

Political activist in custody, risks torture - URGENT ACTION - 20/01/2016
Muhammad Qahtan, a leading figure of the al-Islah political party, is in the custody of the Huthi armed group. His current whereabouts are unknown and he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. There are also concerns that his health maybe deteriorating. Take action

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Country coordinator - Paul Dawson - paul.dawson@amnesty.org.uk