Yemen

British cluster bombs used in attacks - NEWS - 07/06/2016 - ACTION - 23/05/2016

Children and their families returning home in northern Yemen after a year of conflict are at grave risk of serious injury and death from thousands of unexploded cluster bomb sub-munitions, Amnesty has said 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 UK has written 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.

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.

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.

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.

Amnesty's written statement to the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council is here and Amnesty's oral statement is here. Amnesty is also calling on the Human Rights Council to create an international investigating mechanism for Yemen. Read more.

Detention, disappearance in Huthi controlled Yemen - REPORT - 18/05/2016
The Huthi armed group, which since later 2014 has controlled large parts of Yemen, has - in conjunction with forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and state security and intelligence agencies - carried out hundreds or arbitrary arrests and detentions of its opponents, as well as enforced disappearances, torture and other ill-treatment of detainees. The clampdown intensified dramatically after the start of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition's military campaign in March 2015. Read more. Take action.

Vital hospital supplies blocked - NEWS - 09/02/2016 (UPDATE 11/02/2016)
The Huthi armed group and forces allied to it are endangering the lives of thousands of civilians in the southern city of Ta'iz by blocking the entry of crucial medical supplies and food over the last three months in a blatant violation of international humanitarian law. Read more.

World Health Organisation medical supplies have now reached Ta'iz following months of blocked access.

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