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Yemen: Urgent investigation needed into UAE torture network and possible US role

Following an Associated Press investigation alleging that United Arab Emirates (UAE) and its allied Yemeni security forces are arbitrarily detaining and torturing detainees, who are also being interrogated by US forces in a network of secret prisons across Southern Yemen, Lynn Maalouf, Director of Research at Amnesty International in the Middle East said:  “A UN-led investigation must immediately be launched into the UAE’s and other parties’ role in setting up this horrific network of torture.

Date:
22 June 2017
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  • Middle East and North Africa
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Yemen Baha’i community faces persecution at hands of Huthi-Saleh authorities

More than 20 Baha’i men and women are at risk of immediate arrest by Huthi-Saleh authorities in Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a, said Amnesty International. “Huthi-Saleh authorities must immediately stop persecuting members of the Baha’i community in Sana’a,” said Lynn Maalouf, Director of Research at Amnesty International’s Beirut regional office. “The detention of Baha’is on account of their faith appears to be part of a wider crackdown on minorities by the Huthi-Saleh authorities, and is making entire families live in fear for their safety and the safety of their loved ones – not to mention that they are a clear violation of Yemen’s obligations under international law”.

Date:
28 April 2017
  • News
  • Yemen
  • Armed Conflict

Yemen: Mounting fears for civilian safety as Hodeidah offensive looms

Reports Saudi Arabia-led coalition is gearing up for major military offensive Key port city of Hodeidah is a major entry point for humanitarian aid UN donor conference under way in Geneva Fears are growing for the safety of civilians in the strategic western port city of Hodeidah amid reports that a major offensive by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition is due to get under way soon, said Amnesty International as UN states meet at a donor conference in Geneva on 25 April.

Date:
25 April 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Yemen
  • Armed Conflict

730 Days of Conflict in Yemen - In Pictures

Two years into the war in Yemen, civilians continue to pay the heaviest price. As of February 2017, over 4,667 civilians have been killed, 8,180 have been injured and at least 3 million people have been forced to flee their homes. All sides to the conflict have failed to take the precautions necessary to spare civilians and civilian objects. The Saudi Arabia-led coalition has bombed schools, hospitals, markets and mosques, and has used internationally banned cluster munitions.

Date:
23 March 2017
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  • Yemen
  • Armed Conflict

Yemen: Multibillion-dollar arms sales by USA and UK reveal shameful contradiction with aid efforts

The USA and UK are fuelling serious violations that have caused devastating civilian suffering through multibillion-dollar arms transfers to Saudi Arabia that vastly overshadow their humanitarian efforts, said Amnesty International. Since the conflict began two years ago in March 2015, the US and UK have together transferred more than US$5 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia which is leading the military coalition in Yemen.

Date:
23 March 2017
  • Research
  • Yemen
  • Armed Conflict

Yemen: Amnesty International’s oral statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council: Item 10 – General Debate

In the two years since the Saudi Arabia-led coalition launched airstrikes on the Huthi armed group in Yemen, over 12,000 civilians have been killed or injured. Amnesty International urges members of this Council to support the High Commissioner’s call for the establishment of an international investigative body which can establish the facts about alleged violations by all parties to the conflict and identify alleged perpetrators to ensure justice and accountability.

Date:
22 March 2017
Ref:
MDE 31/5883/2017
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  • Yemen
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Yemen: Saudi Arabia-led coalition uses banned Brazilian cluster munitions on residential areas

Amnesty International has corroborated new evidence the Saudi Arabia-led coalition recently fired Brazilian-manufactured rockets containing banned cluster munitions striking three residential areas and surrounding farmland in the middle of Sa’da city, injuring two civilians and causing material damage. The attack, which took place at 10. 30pm on 15 February 2017, is the third confirmed use of Brazilian-manufactured cluster munitions documented by Amnesty International in the last 16 months.

Date:
9 March 2017
  • Research
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Yemen: Urgent need for accountability in Yemen: Statement to the UN Human Rights Council

Amnesty International has gathered information according to which all parties to the conflict, including the Saudi Arabia-led coalition and the Huthis and allied forces, have committed serious violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of human rights law in ground and air attacks, some of which should be investigated as war crimes. Further, the Huthis and allied forces, including army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, have arbitrarily arrested and detained critics and opponents as well as journalists, human rights defenders and members of the Baha’i community, subjecting scores to enforced disappearance.

Date:
23 February 2017
Ref:
MDE 31/5765/2017
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  • Saudi Arabia
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Yemen: Amnesty International response to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition’s investigations

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition’s investigative mechanism, the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT), published a series of legal conclusions in August, October and December 2016 surrounding specific air strike incidents where concerns have been raised that international humanitarian law (IHL) may have been breached. Amnesty International has reviewed all publically available legal and factual conclusions and in response, has written today to Lieutenant General Mansour Ahmed Al-Mansour, legal advisor to the JIAT, to express the organization’s concern the JIAT’s investigations appear to be falling short of international standards including those of transparency, independence, impartiality and effectiveness.

Date:
16 January 2017
Ref:
MDE 31/5494/2017
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Saudi Arabia: Immediately abandon all use of cluster munitions

Saudi Arabia should immediately abandon all use of cluster munitions, destroy its stockpile and accede to the international Convention on Cluster Munitions, Amnesty International said after the Kingdom’s surprise admission today that it used the inherently indiscriminate weapon in Yemen. General Ahmed al-Asiri, the spokesperson for the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition, stated today that it would cease use of UK-made BL-755 cluster munitions, confirming Amnesty International’s finding that this type had been used since at least December 2015.

Date:
19 December 2016
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  • Yemen
  • Armed Conflict

Yemen: Hospitals and medical workers under attack by anti-Huthi forces in Ta’iz

Anti-Huthi forces in Yemen’s southern city of Ta’iz are leading a campaign of harassment and intimidation against hospital staff and are endangering civilians by stationing fighters and military positions near medical facilities, said Amnesty International today. During a visit to Ta’iz earlier this month, the organization’s researchers interviewed 15 doctors, and other hospital staff, who described how members of anti-Huthi armed forces regularly harassed, detained or even threatened to kill them over the past six months.

Date:
23 November 2016
  • Research
  • Yemen
  • Armed Groups

YEMEN: ORAL STATEMENT TO THE 33RD REGULAR SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

Nearly 1,500 more civilians have been killed in Yemen in the year since this Council failed to create an international inquiry into the conflict. This brings the total civilian casualties to 3,799 deaths and more than 6,700 wounded since the Saudi Arabia-led coalition began airstrikes in March 2015. Amnesty International urges the Council to support the High Commissioner’s recommendation and promptly establish an international investigative body capable of establishing the facts about allegations of violations by all sides to the conflict and identifying alleged perpetrators to ensure justice and accountability for victims and their families.

Date:
29 September 2016
Ref:
MDE 31/4917/2016
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  • Yemen
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Yemen: Evidence indicates US-made bomb was used in attack on MSF hospital

States – including the USA and UK – must immediately stop supplying weapons that could be used in the Yemen conflict, Amnesty International said, as it confirmed that a US-made bomb was used in the air strike on a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital on 15 August which killed 11 people and injured 19 others. According to independent weapons experts consulted by the organization who assessed photographs of a bomb fin taken by a journalist at the site, a US-made precision-guided Paveway-series aerial bomb was used in the attack.

Date:
19 September 2016