Yemen's Human Rights Committee documents 700 deaths over one year

Yemen's Human Rights Committee documents 700 deaths over one year

Alsahwa Net-The National Committee to Investigate Alleged Violations to Human Rights released on Sunday its 8th report on human rights abuses to the international humanitarian law and the human rights law.

The report covers abuses that occurred between first August 2019 to the end of July 2020.

It said that the committee managed to complete the investigation of 2,940 cases in various governorates. The investigated cases included 30 sorts of abuses to over 6,000 victims.

The committee members listened to around 15,000 witnesses, whistle-blowers and victims and verified their testimonies, according to the report.

It also reviewed over 14,000 documents and analyzed hundreds of pictures and videos related to the reported incidents.

The report indicated that the committee finished investigation of 712 civilians’ deaths among them 66 women and 122 children. It also documented injury of 935 others among them 113 women and 247 children across Yemen.

The committee members have also investigated 21 attacks on cultural and historical sites and other nine attacks against medical convoys and health facilities. The Houthis were on top list of abusers to the reported cases.

The report documented also recruitment of 126 children and 85 incidents of landmines used by the Iran-backed Houthis.

The report documented also 271 arbitrary displacement and the Houthis were blamed to 109 of those displacements.

The southern separation Security Belt Forces were blamed to 152 forcible displacements and other parties were blamed to ten incidents.

Chief of the committee, Judge Ahmed Al-Moflehi, said in a statement quoted by the state-run Saba News Agency that throughout the investigation, the committee applied a clear methodology and international standards of transparency, neutrality, objectivity and confidentiality.

He added that the reported period witnessed various security and military incidents as well as deteriorating economic conditions worsened by the COVID-19 that had repercussions on the human rights situation in the country.

 The committee said that the new released report aims to inform the local and international public about its work and its role towards accessing the victims to identify perpetrators and achieve accountability.

Yemen's National Committee to Investigate Alleged Violations to Human Rights was formed by President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in 2012.

 It was assigned to monitor, document and probe abuses to human rights across Yemen.

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