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Item 2 Interactive dialogue with Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen

We thank the Group of Eminent Experts for their report. After nearly six years of conflict, the war in Yemen has caused the deaths of nearly a quarter-million people, including over 112,000 killed directly by hostilities. Millions of Yemenis are…
A uniformed soldier walks through aid packages

Warring Parties Ignore Thousands of Families Seeking Truth, Justice

(Beirut) – All parties in the Yemen conflict should reveal the fate and whereabouts of hundreds of civilians forcibly disappeared or detained arbitrarily, eight national and international groups including Human Rights Watch said today. The following…

“We Must Have a Seat at the Table”

Good morning, Mr. President. Thank you for the opportunity to address the Security Council regarding how the war in my country Yemen has impacted people with disabilities. My name is Raja Abdullah Almasabi, and I am the chairwoman of the Arab Human…

Item 10 General Debate

Today, Human Rights Council members face a choice that goes to the core of this body’s credibility: whether to renew the only independent monitoring mechanism on Yemen, or let the mandate lapse. No one has suggested that the situation in Yemen…
Yemen apartment destroyed by airstrike.

Human Rights Groups Condemn Arbitrary Detention of Yemeni Human Rights Defenders and Urge Authorities to Permit Advocates to Freely Travel and Conduct Human Rights Work

The undersigned human rights and civil liberties organizations condemn the unlawful detention yesterday of Radhya Almutawakel and Abdulrasheed Alfaqih, two prominent Yemeni human rights defenders with Mwatana Organization for Human Rights, and call on all…

Saudi and UAE-led Coalition Should Immediately Release Human Rights Defenders Radhya Almutawakel and Abdulrasheed Alfaqih

The undersigned human rights and civil liberties organizations urge the Saudi and UAE-led coalition to immediately and unconditionally release Radhya Almutawakel and Abdulrasheed Alfaqih, two prominent Yemeni human rights defenders with Mwatana…
An Open Letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres: As organizations working to protect children in situations of war, we sincerely welcome your decision in 2017 to include the Saudi Arabia-led Coalition along with other violators in the…

Item 10 General Debate on High Commissioner’s report on Yemen

For the third consecutive year, the High Commissioner has appealed to this Council to do what it should have done long ago: create the independent, international inquiry into violations and abuses in Yemen that is so desperately needed. The…
Rubble from a residential house in Saada City, Yemen. An airstrike almost completely destroyed the house on May 6, 2015, killing 27 members of one family. © 2015 Ole Solvang/Human Rights Watch

Item 10 General Debate following High Commissioner’s Oral Update on Yemen

The war in Yemen between the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi-Saleh forces is nearly two years old – more than 4,600 civilians have been killed and the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate. The High Commissioner has repeatedly called for an…
Smoke rises from the community hall in Sanaa where Saudi-led coalition warplanes attacked a funeral on October 8, 2016.