Yemen

Response to Saudi-led coalition's investigations - NEWS - 16/01/2017

The Saudi Arabia's led coalition's investigative mechanism, the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT), published a series of legal conclusions in 2016 surrounding specific air strike incidents where concerns have been raised that international humanitarian law may have been breached. Amnesty International has reviewed all publicly available legal and factual conclusions and in response has expressed concerns that the JIAT's investigations appear to be falling short of international standards including those of transparency, independence, impartiality and effectiveness. Read more.

Amnesty has also called on Saudi Arabia to immediately abandon all use of cluster munitions, destroy its stockpile and accede to the international Convention on Cluster Munitions after its surprise admission on 19 December 2016 that it used the inherently indiscriminate weapon in Yemen. Read more.

AIUK is calling for the total suspension of all weapons sales to Saudi Arabia that risk fuelling further atrocities in Yemen. Read more.

Amnesty has called on states to immediately stop supplying weapons that could be used in the Yemen conflict as it confirmed that a United States-made bomb was used in the air strike on a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital on 15 August 2016 which killed 11 people and injured 19 others. Read more.

Amnesty had previously highlighted how children and their families returning home in northern Yemen after a year of conflict were at grave risk of serious injury and death from thousands of unexploded cluster bomb sub-munitions following a 10-day research trip to Sa'da, Hajjah and Sana'a governorates. Cluster bombs made in the United Kingdom, the United States and Brazil were documented. Read more.


Amnesty International has written to the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres to set out what it considers are the issues he may wish to prioritise in respect to the Yemen conflict. Read more.

Amnesty, together with a number of other non-governmental organisations, has urged governments to support the United Nations High Commissioner's call for an international, independent investigation into civilian deaths and injuries in Yemen. Read more.

Amnesty's oral statement to the 33rd regular session of the Human Rights Council can be found here.

Amnesty International UK wrote to David Cameron calling for an urgent investigation in to the use of United Kingdom supplied BL-755 cluster bombs by the Saudi-led coalition in northern Yemen. Read more. Take action. Evidence obtained from Amnesty counters the claims of the United Kingdom government that the munitions may have been from a previous Yemen conflict as previous conflicts did not target the area where the cluster munition was found. Read more.

A news article on the hypocrisy of arms exporters like the United Kingdom and the United States can be found here.

Amnesty has stated the credibility of the United Nations is on the line after it shamefully caved in to pressure to remove the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition from the United Nation's list of states and armed groups that violates children's rights in conflict. Read more.

Amnesty International was one of a number of NGOs to write an open letter to the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon. Read more. Amnesty has also called on states at the Human Rights Council not to support anything short of an independent investigation into the conflict in Yemen. Read more.

To mark one year since the Saudi Arabia-led coalition began military operations in Yemen, and as civilian suffering caused by the warring parties grows in scale and severity, Amnesty International was one of eight organisations calling on all governments to:

Cease the supply of any weapons, munitions, and related military equipment to parties to the conflict in Yemen where there is a substantial risk of these arms being used in Yemen to commit or facilitate serious violations of international humanitarian law or international human rights law. 

Read more. An op-ied on the situation in Yemen can be found here.

Amnesty had previously joined other campaigners in calling on governments attending discussions on the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty to set their hypocrisy aside and stop selling billions of dollars worth of deadly weapons to Saudi Arabia which are being used to attack Yemeni civilians. Read more.

Amnesty International UK is specifically 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 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.

Baha'i man arbitrarily detained - URGENT ACTION UPDATE - 21/01/2017
Keyvan Qadari, a Yemeni Baha'i, has been arbitrarily detained since 10 August 2016 and held incommunicado intermittently. Despite a release order, he remains detained without charge and is a prisoner of conscience. Take action.

Two men forcibly disappeared - URGENT ACTION - 18/01/2017
The fate and whereabouts of two members of Yemen's Baha'i community remain unknown following their arrest on 11 January 2017. They have been denied contact with their families and lawyer, and are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Take action.

Detained journalists need urgent medical care - URGENT ACTION UPDATE - 19/12/2016
Abdelkhaleq Amran, a journalist, is in urgent need of medical attention after being tortured or otherwise ill-treated, according to his family. Nine other journalists arbitrarily detained with him also require medical attention. The 10 journalists have been arbitrarily detained since 9 June 2015. Take action.

Hospitals and medical workers under attack - NEWS - 23/11/2016
Anti-Huthi forces in the southern city of Ta'iz are leading a campaign of harassment and intimidation against hospital staff and are endangering civilians by stationing fighters and military positions near medical facilities. Read more.

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