Human Rights Watch (HRW) and 56 other international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to launch an independent probe into rights violations committed by the Saudi regime in Yemen.
In a letter to member states of the UN Human Rights Council, 57 Yemeni and international rights groups called for the establishment of an independent body to investigate “violations and abuses of international human rights law” in Yemen since the start of the Saudi war on the Arabian Peninsula country in March 2015, the HRW reported on Tuesday.
“Serious violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of international human rights law by parties to the conflict have continued to be committed with impunity,” the 57 signatories stated in the letter, according to the HRW.
“The Saudi Arabia-led coalition has conducted scores of unlawful airstrikes, some of which may amount to war crimes, that have killed thousands of civilians and hit schools, hospitals, markets, and homes,” they added.
Yemen’s defenseless people have been under massive attacks by the coalition for more than two years but Riyadh has reached none of its objectives in Yemen so far.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
Over 12,000 Yemenis, including thousands of women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign.