Yemen

UN downplays crimes against children NEWS - 06/10/2017

Once again, the international community has caved into political pressure, underplaying the suffering of hundreds of Yemeni children, by watering down criticism of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition's grave violations of international law in the United Nations Secretary General's annual Children and Armed Conflict report. Read more.

An article on why war crimes against children bear no repercussions was published in Newsweek.

On 29 September 2017, a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution was passed mandating a group of international experts to investigate abuses by all parties to the conflict in Yemen in a momentous breakthrough that will pave the way for justice for countless victims of human rights abuses and grave violations of international law, including war crimes. Read more.

Earlier, Amnesty International research had concluded that the bomb that destroyed a residential building on 25 August 2017 in Faj Attan, Sana'a that destroyed three homes was made in the United States. The bomb killed 16 civilians and injured 17 more. Read more.

At the time of the airstrike Amnesty stated how the attack showed that after more than two years of devastating conflict, Saudi Arabia is as brazen as ever in its disregard for international humanitarian law. Read more.

Separately, a United Kingdom court ruling that the United Kingdom government is entitled to continue authorising arms supplies to Saudi Arabia is a potentially deadly setback to Yemeni civilians. Read more.

Amnesty International had previously said how the United States and the United Kingdom were fuelling serious violations that have caused devastating civilian suffering in Yemen through multi-billion dollar arms to Saudi Arabia that vastly overshadow their humanitarian efforts. Read more.

Amnesty International has also corroborated new evidence that the Saudi Arabia-led coalition has fired Brazilian manufactured rockets containing banned cluster munitions striking three residential areas and surrounding farmland in the middle of Sa'da City, injuring two civilians and causing material damage. Read more.

A photoblog from the conflict is available here.

On 29 August 2017, Amnesty was one of a number of non-governmental organisations to write to the permanent representatives of member and observer states of the United Nations Human Rights Council calling for the establishment of an independent international inquiry on Yemen. Read more.

On 20 July 2017, Amnesty issued a joint public statement to the United Nations Security Council ambassadors regarding the worsening situation in Yemen. Read more.

Activist detained by Huthi-Saleh forces - NEWS - 18/08/2017
Amnesty International is calling on Huthi-Saleh forces in Yemen to immediately and unconditionally release Hisham al-Omeisy, a leading political activist, who has been arbitrarily detained in Sana'a since 14 August 2017 without access to a lawyer or his family. Read more.







Investigation needed into torture network - NEWS - 22/06/2017
Amnesty International is calling for an urgent investigation into reports by the Associated Press that United Arab Emirates and its allied Yemeni security forces are arbitrarily detaining and torturing detainees. The detainees are also being interrogated by United States forces in a network of secret prisons in southern Yemen. Read more.

Family visits denied for detained journalists - JOINT PUBLIC STATEMENT - 09/06/2017
A group of 10 Yemeni journalists arbitrarily detained by Huthi forces since 9 June 2015 were interrogated in May 2017 and have since been denied regular access to their families. They are currently detained in the capital Sana'a and are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Amnesty International was among a number of NGOs who demanded the release of the journalists on the second anniversary of their detention. Read more.

Joint letter to ambassadors of the UN Security Council - JOINT LETTER - 08/05/2017
Amnesty International was one of a number of human rights and civil liberties organisations to write to the ambassadors of the United Nations Security Council to raise serious concerns about recent efforts by the government of Yemen to silence renowned human rights advocates and civil society leaders. Read more.

Baha'i community faces persecution - NEWS- 28/04/2017
More than 20 Baha'i men and women are at risk of immediate arrest by Huthi-Saleh authorities in Sana'a in the continuing persecution of members of the Baha'i community. Read more.

In a joint statement with Mwatana Organisation for Human Rights, Amnesty International has called on the Huthi-Saleh authorities in Yemen to immediately and unconditionally release Hamid Haydara, a prisoner of conscience who is being held and tried on account of his conscientiously held beliefs and peaceful activities as a member of the Baha'i community. He has recently been transferred to solitary confinement. Read more.

Mounting fears for civilian safety in Hodeidah - NEWS - 25/04/2017
Fears are growing for the safety of civilians in the strategic western port city of Hodeidah amid reports that a major offensive by the Saudi Arabian-led coalition is due to get under way soon. Read more.

Journalist sentenced to death by Huthi forces - NEWS - 13/04/2017
On 12 April 2017, Huthi forces in control of the Yemeni capital Sana'a sentenced Yahia al-Jubaihi, a journalist, who had been arbitrarily detained since September 2016, to death for allegedly communicating with Saudi Arabian-led coalition forces. Read more.

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