Sunday, 18 November, 2018

UN report on human rights situation in Yemen since 2014 (Part 2)

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Situation of human rights in Yemen, including violations and abuses since September 2014

Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights containing the findings of the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts and a summary of technical assistance provided by the Office of the High Commissioner to the National Commission of Inquiry

Summary

The present report is being submitted to the Human Rights Council in accordance with Council resolution 36/31. Part I of the report contains the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen. Part II provides an account of the technical assistance provided by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to the National Commission of Inquiry into abuses and violations of human rights in Yemen.

B. Methodology

7. The Group of Experts and members of the secretariat carried out visits to Aden, Sana’a, Sa’dah and Hudaydah, but faced significant security, logistical and administrative constraints in arranging some of the planned visits to Yemen, and were unable to visit all the affected governorates, notably Ta’izz. Visits were also undertaken to Djibouti, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and the United States of America. In addition, the Group considered submissions and other documentation and reviewed photographs, videos and satellite images.

8. The Group of Experts issued an online call for submissions in February 2018 with a deadline of 1 June 2018. It addressed written requests for specific information to the Government of Yemen on 17 April 2018, to all the member States of the coalition, described in paragraph 18 below, on 23 April 2018 and to the de facto authorities in Sana’a on 11 July 2018. As of 24 July 2018 no responses had been received.

9. As a priority, the Group of Experts applied best practices to ensure the safety, security and well-being of witnesses and victims. The present report includes information only where sources granted their informed consent and where disclosure of the information would not lead to any harm. Primary responsibility for protecting victims, witnesses and other persons cooperating with the Group rests with their States of residence and nationality.

10. Consistent with established practice, the Group of Experts applied a “reasonable grounds to believe” standard of proof.

11. Where the Group found information linking alleged perpetrators to specific violations or patterns of violations, such information has been transmitted to the High Commissioner on a strictly confidential basis. In instances where there was insufficient information to identify particular individuals responsible for violations, the party or group responsible has been identified, where possible.

12. The Group of Experts expresses its gratitude to the victims and witnesses who shared their experience. It is also grateful for the assistance provided by government and non-governmental entities and for the support received from United Nations agencies and partners.

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