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Monday, 10 October 2016

Latest horrific incident in Yemen demands ‘a full inquiry,’ Ban says, urging probe into funeral bombing

Outraged by Saturday’s bombing of a funeral in Yemen, top United Nations officials are strengthening their calls for the establishment of an independent body to probe alleged violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the war-ravaged country.

Describing the attack in Sana’a as outrageous, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today reiterated his urgent call for creating an international investigative body; a call that was supported by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

“Since the beginning of this conflict in Yemen, weddings, marketplaces, hospitals, schools – and now mourners at a funeral – have been hit, resulting in massive civilian casualties and zero accountability for those responsible,” the High Commissioner said in a news release issued by his Office (OHCHR) in Geneva.

“This deadly attack comes just weeks after the UN Human Rights Council, for the second year in a row, dismissed my call to take decisive action to create an international, independent investigative body to look into extremely serious alleged violations of international law, including possible war crimes, in Yemen,” the UN human rights chief added.

He stressed that the Human Rights Council’s inability to take decisive action by setting up an international investigation is contributing to a climate of impunity and the occurrence of violations “on a regular basis.”

At UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban told reporters that “aerial attacks by the Saudi-led coalition have already caused immense carnage, and destroyed much of the country’s medical facilities and other vital civilian infrastructure.”....http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=55255#.V_v23BIpr2Y
10/10/16
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