Renewed calls for inquiry into alleged human rights violations in Yemen


Calls for an independent investigation into alleged breaches of humanitarian law in Yemen were stepped up on Monday when the Dutch government requested an inquiry at a meeting of the UN human rights council in Geneva.

The British government has said it has not yet ruled out supporting such an inquiry, but may follow the lead of Saudi Arabia and other Arab states which will resist the call.

Roderick van Schreven, the Dutch permanent representative to Geneva, told the council that he wanted to “reiterate our grave concern about the ongoing and deepening crisis in Yemen”.

“The gravity of alleged violations of human rights and international humanitarian law over the last year cannot be ignored and international comprehensive investigations of all violations committed by all parties is now called for,” he said.

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