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Save the Children's response to the third report of the UN Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen.


Today the UN Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen released their third report on the situation in Yemen, which suggests that violations from all parties of the conflict may constitute war crimes. Responding to the report, Save the Children’s Head of UK Influencing, Denisa Delic, said:

We are horrified by the findings of this report, which gives an accurate picture of the systematic violations of international law committed by all parties to the conflict, including the killing and maiming of children and the destruction of schools. It is telling to see a recommendation for the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Yemen to the International Criminal Court. From May to July this year at least 47 children lost their lives in airstrikes and only yesterday a one-year old baby was tragically killed after an artillery shell hit his house.

The United Kingdom has a key role to play in ensuring accountability in Yemen as pen-holder at the UN Security Council and a champion of the international rules-based order. Without justice there cannot be peace.

"The UK must use all its diplomatic channels to ensure the Human Rights Council renews its mandate for the Group of Eminent Experts, fully supports their investigations into the conflict in Yemen, and seeks practical mechanisms for accountability."