The Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations in Geneva, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Wasel, said today, Friday, that “the decision of the Human Rights Council to end the mandate of its investigators in Yemen confirms the victory of Saudi diplomacy.” In the first official comment.
This comes in conjunction with the assertion by Dr. Abu Bakr al-Qirbi, the former Yemeni Foreign Minister, today that “the failure to renew the work of the commission to investigate war crimes in Yemen by the Human Rights Council undermines confidence in the Council.”
Al-Qirbi explained in a tweet on his account on the micro-blogging site “Twitter”, which was monitored by “The Yemeni Scene”, that this failure is “the result of the politicization of his decisions and his abandonment of his message, and it shows the attempt to hide war crimes and human rights violations in Yemen, which will lead to the publication of reports distorting the facts and hinder the solution.” In reference to his anger at ignoring human rights violations.
Bahrain, Russia and other members of the United Nations Human Rights Council voted yesterday, Thursday, to close the commission’s investigations into war crimes in Yemen, in a painful defeat for Western countries that sought to maintain the mission; According to the agency “Reuters”.
Members voted narrowly to reject a Dutch-led decision to give independent investigators two more years to monitor atrocities in the Yemen conflict.
This is the first time in the council’s 15-year history that his decision has been defeated.
Independent investigators have said in the past that possible war crimes were committed by all sides in the seven-year conflict that led to the intervention of the Saudi-led coalition against the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels.
Activist groups say that more than 100,000 people have been killed and 4 million others displaced during the war in Yemen, now in its eighth year.