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Press briefing on Yemen

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:  Rupert Colville
Location: Geneva 
Date: 20 December 2019
Subject:  Yemen


The High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday appointed Dr. Ardi Imseis of Canada as a new member of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen, to replace one of the three previous members, Charles Garraway (United Kingdom), who has had to step down for health reasons. The two other previous members, Chairperson Kamel Jendoubi (Tunisia) and Melissa Parke (Australia), were reappointed on the same day.

The mandate of the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts was renewed for a further one year by the Human Rights Council on 26 September.

In their latest report, published on 3 September 2019, the Group of Eminent Experts detailed numerous possible war crimes committed by various parties to the conflict over the past five years, including through airstrikes, indiscriminate shelling, snipers and landmines, as well as arbitrary killings and detention, torture, sexual and gender-based violence, and the impeding of access to humanitarian aid.

The Group of Eminent Experts will present their third report to the Human Rights Council in September 2020. 

To find out more about the Group of Eminent Experts, including their mandate, biographies and previous work, go to:  https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/YemenGEE/Pages/Index.aspx

For more information and media requests, please contact: Rupert Colville - + 41 22 917 9767 / rcolville@ohchr.orgor Media Section -mediaunit@ohchr.org

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