UN Human Rights Council: ‘Unreserved’ Apology to UN Probe of Yemen War Crimes

The United Nations Human Rights Council today closed its years-long probe into war crimes in Yemen, ending a probe into conflict in which more than 10,000 people have been killed. The Geneva-based Council sent…

UN Human Rights Council: ‘Unreserved’ Apology to UN Probe of Yemen War Crimes

The United Nations Human Rights Council today closed its years-long probe into war crimes in Yemen, ending a probe into conflict in which more than 10,000 people have been killed.

The Geneva-based Council sent an “unreserved” apology to the UN’s Independent Commission of Inquiry, a body established by the U.N. body in 2015 to investigate alleged war crimes in Yemen and report back to the Human Rights Council.

The commission had looked into allegations of war crimes committed by both sides in the two-year war between Iran-backed Houthi rebels and Saudi-backed government forces, and presented its final report at the end of last year.

The report’s release prompted Saudi Arabia to expel the lead investigator from the country, accusing her of bias and turning a blind eye to Houthi violations.

The council had come under fire from both sides over its investigation, with many accusing the body of bias. The Saudi envoy to the U.N. wrote that “significantly biased” reporting helped expose “lies” about the country’s defense and terrorism situation.

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