28 Aug
  • By Aizhana Danabekova

Participants in the conflict in Yemen violated human rights

All participants in the Yemen conflict violated human rights and committed crimes that could be regarded as military, the UN Human Rights Council states. “The group of experts has reason to believe that some representatives of Yemen and the coalition, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates could commit acts that violate the principles of difference proportionality and did not take the necessary precautions, which can be regarded as a war crime,” the UN’s report points out.

The UN also notes that air strikes of the coalition led to the greatest losses among civilians. According to the data, 6,66 thousand were killed, and more than 10 thousand were injured from March 2015 to August 2018. The authors of the UN report emphasize that the parties also committed acts that could be regarded as international crimes.

It should be recalled that the confrontation between the government forces and rebel parties continues since 2014. It moved into the most active phase with the invasion in March 2015 of a coalition led by Saudi Arabia. Then it got the name “The storm of determination.” The operation against the established control over a large part of the country was supported by Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, and Sudan also joined it. Any attempts by the UN to resolve the situation were unsuccessful. 

A boy and his sisters watch graffiti artists spray on a wall, commemorating the victims who were killed in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, May 18, 2015. Saudi-led airstrikes targeting Yemen's Shiite rebels resumed early on Monday in the southern port city of Aden after a five-day truce expired amid talks on the war-torn country's future that were boycotted by the rebels. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Aizhana Danabekova holds a BA in International Relations and is currently studying for an MSocSc in Cultural Sociology at University College Dublin. She started her career in journalism in Almaty, Kazakhstan at Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.  She wrote articles about different cultures and led the title “Let’s learn Kazakh”.