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Mine Clearance in Yemen is Just Step One

(Washington, DC) – Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates should go beyond supporting mine clearance efforts in Yemen and renounce all use of these indiscriminate weapons by joining the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, Human Rights Watch said today ahead…
A sign warning “only the road has been checked,” in the village of Ruwais, Mokha district. © 2018 Private
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Cease Use of Banned Weapons; Expand and Improve Demining

(Beirut) – Houthi forces’ widespread use of landmines along Yemen’s western coast since mid-2017 has killed and injured hundreds of civilians and prevented aid groups from reaching vulnerable communities, Human Rights Watch said today.…
A deminer works with children following him in Zuheiri, a town on the western coast. © 2018 Private
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(Beirut) – Lawless armed conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) morphed into disastrous trends for the region in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its 2018 World Report. “Failed leadership, failed…
Smoke billows behind a building in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on December 3, 2017, during clashes between Houthi rebels and supporters of Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. © 2017 Getty Images
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In July, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that “promoting human rights is an essential aim of the foreign policy of a Global Britain. To do otherwise would be unthinkable”.  Yemen – site of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis and an…
Saudi-led coalition aircraft struck three apartment buildings in Sanaa on August 25, 2017, killing at least 16 civilians, including seven children, and wounding another 17, including eight children. After an international outcry, the coalition admitted to
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Cease Use of Banned Weapons; Ensure Clearance, Victim Assistance

(Beirut) – The Houthi-Saleh forces’ use of banned antipersonnel landmines in Yemen has caused numerous civilian casualties and hindered the safe return of civilians displaced by fighting, Human Rights Watch said today. The Houthis and forces loyal…
GYATA-64 antipersonnel mines cleared by YEMAC from Aden city and its suburbs since Houthi-Saleh forces withdrew from the city in July 2015, March 16, 2017.
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All Sides Should Comply with Mine Ban Treaty, Reject Weapon’s Use

(Beirut) – The use of landmines by Houthi forces and their allies in Yemen’s third-largest city of Taizz has caused numerous civilian casualties and hinders the return of families displaced by the fighting. The Houthis, also known as Ansar Allah, and…
MENA ARMS Yemen Landmines Sept 2016 photo-6
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“Urban areas have become death traps for thousands of civilians,” says a new report issued by the United Nations Secretary-General ahead of the first World Humanitarian Summit, which opens May 23, 2016, in Istanbul. The report describes the widespread use…
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Need for All Sides to Reject Weapon, Affirm Mine Ban Treaty

(Beirut) – Houthi forces in Yemen are using banned antipersonnel landmines, causing multiple new civilian casualties, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing new evidence of their use. The Houthis, also known as Ansar Allah, should cease using these…
GYATA-64 antipersonel mines cleared by deminers from Bab al-Mandeb, Dhubab district in the Taizz governorate in October 2015.
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The fighting in Yemen over the past year has been unimaginably grim – yet has largely gone unnoticed. At least 2,000 civilians have been killed since March 2015, according to the United Nations human rights office – the majority of them in…
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All Sides Should Reject Use, Affirm Mine Ban Treaty

(Beirut) – Houthi forces apparently laid banned antipersonnel landmines in the Yemeni port of Aden before withdrawing from the city in July 2015. The Houthis, also known as Ansar Allah, may also be responsible for laying new antipersonnel mines in Abyan…
Yemen: Houthis Used Landmines in Aden
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US-Supplied Weapon Banned by 2008 Treaty

(Beirut) – Credible evidence indicates that the Saudi-led coalition used banned cluster munitions supplied by the United States in airstrikes against Houthi forces in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said today. Cluster munitions pose long-term dangers to…
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Beginning early on March 26, 2015, a Saudi Arabia-led coalition used warplanes to attack the forces of Ansar Allah, known as the Houthis, in several locations in Yemen. The coalition members include: Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Sudan,…
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Delivered by Steve Goose, Director

Thank you Co-Chair, We will focus this statement on the egregious treaty violation in Yemen, but there are other compliance concerns that we will address as well. We will also use this opportunity to talk about the allegations of Russian use of…
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The Case of Bani Jarmooz

In November 2013, the government of Yemen admitted that a “violation” of the Mine Ban Treaty had occurred in 2011 during the popular uprising that led to the ouster of then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh. This followed reports issued by Human Rights Watch…
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Justice for Past Abuses, Women’s Equality Should Not Wait for New Constitution

(Sanaa) – Yemeni lawmakers should act on recommendations by the National Dialogue Conference on Yemen’s future constitution. In particular, the lawmakers should address recommendations that promote justice for abuses during the 2011 uprising, defend women…
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US May Announce Decision on Joining Treaty

(Geneva) – Yemen should investigate the allegations that its Republican Guard forces laid thousands of antipersonnel landmines in 2011, Human Rights Watch said today at the opening of an annual meeting of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. A November 2013 public…
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Civilians Maimed, Killed by Recently Laid Antipersonnel Mines

(Beirut) – The government of Yemen should investigate and respond to allegations that the Republican Guards laid banned antipersonnel landmines at a location north of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, in 2011, Human Rights Watch said today ahead of a week-long…
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Delivered by Steve Goose, Director

Thank you Mr. Co-Chair, This is an intervention that the ICBL had hoped to never make. It appears that the most serious violation of the Mine Ban Treaty ever has occurred: extensive use of antipersonnel mines by government forces in Yemen.…