Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen

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Mandate

The Expert’s mandate was again renewed on 26 September 2019 through Resolution A/HRC/RES/42/2

On 29 September 2017, the Human Rights Council requested the High Commissioner (through Resolution A/HRC/RES/36/31)  to "establish a Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen.The Experts’ mandate was renewed on 28 September 2018 through Resolution  A/HRC/RES/39/16.

The following is the mandate to the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen:

  • Monitor and report on the situation on Human Rights in Yemen
  • Carry out a comprehensive examination of all alleged violations and abuses of international human rights and other appropriate and applicable fields of international law committed by all parties to the conflict since September 2014, including possible gender dimensions of such violations,
  • Establish the facts and circumstances surrounding the alleged violations and abuses
  • Identify those responsible for the violations, where possible.
  • Make general recommendations on improving the respect for and protection and fulfilment of human rights
  • Provide guidance on  access to justice, accountability, reconciliation and healing, as appropriate
  • Engage with Yemeni authorities and all stakeholders, in particular relevant United Nations agencies, the field presence of the Office of the High Commissioner in Yemen, authorities of the Gulf States, and the League of Arab States with a view to exchanging information and providing support for national, regional and international efforts to promote accountability for human rights violations and abuses in Yemen
  • Submit a written report to the High Commissioner by the time of the forty-second session, to be followed by an interactive dialogue.

Call for Submissions

The Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen invites interested individuals, groups and organisations to submit information and/or documentation relevant to its mandate as outlined above, in particular on allegations of human rights violations and abuses and international humanitarian law violations committed in Yemen since September 2014.

The Group of Eminent Experts accepts submissions in the English and Arabic languages at: GEE_Yemen@ohchr.org

The final deadline for information is 1 June 2020.

Submissions should include the name(s) and contact details of the author(s). 

Submitting entities/individuals should specify if their submissions, or parts of them, should be treated confidentially, and if so, which.

Please note that individual acknowledgements of receipt of information will not be sent to the author(s) unless specifically requested.

Public hearings

Members

The Commission is composed of:

  • Mr. Kamel Jendoubi (Tunisia), (Chairperson)
  • Ms. Melissa Parke (Australia)
  • Mr. Ardi Imseis (Canada)
  • Privileges, immunities and facilities:

  • The GEE shall enjoy the privileges and immunities accorded to experts on mission under Article IV of the 1948 Convention on Privileges and Immunities of the UN, and the OHCHR staff of the GEE shall enjoy the privileges and immunities of officials under Article V and VII of the Convention in the implementation of this mandate.

Former Members

Documentation

Human Rights Council Resolutions

26 September 2019: Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/RES/42/2 on the Human Rights Situation in Yemen

28 September 2018: Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/RES/39/16 on Human Rights in Yemen

29 September 2017: Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/RES/36/31 on human rights, technical assistance and capacity-building in Yemen

Reports

29 September 2020: Conference Room Paper - Report of the detailed findings of the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen A/HRC/45/CRP.7
العربية | English
Infographics

9 September 2020: Report of the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts
Arabic executive summary of the report

3 September 2019: Report of the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts as submitted to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights - Situation of human rights in Yemen, including violations and abuses since September 2014 - A/HRC/42/17

3 September 2019: Conference Room Paper - Report of the detailed findings of the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen A/HRC/42/CRP.1
العربية PDFWord | English PDFWord | Infographics

28 August 2018: Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights containing the findings of the Group of Independent Eminent International and Regional Experts and a summary of technical assistance provided by the Office of the High Commissioner to the National Commission of Inquiry A/HRC/39/43

Lists of issues shared with the parties and responses received

2019, sent to:

2019, responses from:

2018, sent to:

2018, responses from:

  • Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen (joint response)
    العربية

Video & Audio Clips

3 September 2019: Yemen: collective failure, collective responsibility (Video)

28 August 2018: Yemen: Possible war crime (Video)

28 August 2018: UN experts say parties involved in Yemen conflict may be guilty of war crimes (Audio)

Webcasts:

10 September 2019: Interactive Dialogue at the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in Yemen

26 September 2018: Interactive Dialogue at the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in Yemen

28 August 2018: Press Conference on Publication of Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights containing the findings of the Group of Independent Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen


Press Releases

“A Pandemic of Impunity in a Tortured Land” – urging an end to impunity, in a conflict with no clean hands, and the referral by the UN Security Council of the situation in Yemen to the International Criminal Court
العربية | English
29 September 2020

UN Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen releases their third report “Yemen: A Pandemic of Impunity in a Tortured Land”
9 September 2020

UN experts* call for further and swifter measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, particularly in detention facilities in Yemen
25 June 2020

Human rights experts call for immediate release of political prisoners and detainees in yemen given risk of spread of covid-19
30 March 2020

Human Rights Council, closes forty-second regular session, adopts 38 texts, establishes a fact-finding mission on Venezuela and an expert mechanism on the right to development
27 September 2019

Yemen: Collective failure, collective responsibility
3 September 2019
العربية | English | Français

Human Rights Council adopts eight resolutions, extends mandate on Yemen and others
28 September 2018
English | Français

Yemen: United Nations Experts point to possible war crimes by parties to the conflict
28 August 2018
العربية | English | Français

Yemen: Zeid appoints group of eminent international and regional experts
4 December 2017
العربية | English

Human Rights Council Adopts 11 Resolutions and a Presidential Statement
29 September 2017
English | Français

All press releases...


Statements

Feature Stories

Infographics

Infographics from September 2020 Conference Room Paper

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Ten detained journalists from Al Rabie network
Ten detained journalists from Al Rabie network
 
During the conflict in Yemen: No clean hands
During the conflict in Yemen: No clean hands
 
Violations against children: No clean hands. 
Violations against children: No clean hands.

Infographics from September 2019 Conference Room Paper

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Landmines

Aden Governorate Contamination Areas and Select Incidents, August 2019
Aden Governorate Contamination Areas and Select Incidents, August 2019
 
Lahij Governorate Contamination Areas and Select Incidents, August 2019
Lahij Governorate Contamination Areas and Select Incidents, August 2019
 
 
Ta’izz Governorate Contamination Areas and Incidents, August 2019 
Ta’izz Governorate Contamination Areas and Incidents, August 2019
 
Al-Hudaydah Gov. Contamination Areas and Incidents, August 2019
 
 
 
 

Detention:

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Places of Detention by De facto Authorities in Sana’a, Yemen as of June 2019
Places of Detention by De facto Authorities in Sana’a, Yemen as of June 2019
 
Network of Detention Facilities in Southern Yemen
Network of Detention Facilities in Southern Yemen
 
Al-Tin Prison, Hadramaut Governorate, Seiyoun District 
Al-Tin Prison, Hadramaut Governorate, Seiyoun District
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Violations:

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Selected Violations During the Battle of Aden, March to July 2015
Selected Violations During the Battle of Aden, March to July 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Satellite Images with damage assessments, courtesy of UNITAR-UNOSAT:

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Aden July 2015 Incidents, Aden Governorate
Aden July 2015 Incidents, Aden Governorate
 
Al-Fazah Mosque, Al-Fazah, Al-Hudaydah Governorate
Al-Fazah Mosque, Al-Fazah, Al-Hudaydah Governorate
 
Gas Station, Mawiyah District, Ta’izz Governorate 
Gas Station, Mawiyah District, Ta’izz Governorate
Kitaf Hospital, Sa'dah Governorate
 
MSF-RC Cholera Treatment Centre (CTC) Abs, Hajjah Governorate
 
 
 
 

Miscellaneous

Contact

Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen
Email: GEE_Yemen@ohchr.org

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