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Saudi Arabia intensifies diplomatic efforts in Geneva to support security in Yemen

The date on which the report begins to document human rights violations in Yemen was March 2015, which means the launch of Operation Decisive Storm of the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen. 

Yemenis know very well that their country caught fire with a Houthi coup against the state in September 2014, and the subsequent grave events, most notably the situation of the President of the Republic under house arrest, and many Houthi violations.

Yemenis accuse the team of committing a series of mistakes that did not satisfy them, and they were not surprised by a vote within the Council that rejected the renewal of its mandate by the majority of voters.

The Human Rights Council voted to end the mandate of its team of experts on Yemen to investigate violations of international law {Thursday}. A diplomatic source attributed the secret behind this to the efforts of Saudi Arabia and the Arab group, who worked to protect Yemen from politicizing the human rights file.

Saudi diplomacy recorded success in addition to its record, as it made efforts to strengthen the role of the Yemeni National Committee to investigate allegations of human rights. According to Arab diplomatic sources, Saudi Arabia confirmed its keenness to document violations that occur in Yemen from all parties.

The Human Rights Council’s vote not to renew the mandate of the international team of experts “sent a clear message to the Houthi militias that the international community is aware of the crimes they are committing, and it is an acknowledgment that the team has proven its bias and unprofessionalism” throughout his years of work.

The Human Rights Council renewed the mandate of the Group of Experts in 2018, 2019, and 2020, before its mandate expired today, which proved its abject failure in describing the facts of the conflict and the human rights situation in Yemen.

The decision was rejected by a majority of council member states (21 countries) against 18, while 7 countries abstained from voting during a session within the council’s 48th session in Geneva.

According to the countries that reject the extension, the experts relied upon building the report on information from one source, not all sources, and they did not reach all places to investigate the facts.

The countries opposing the report demanded the support of the National Committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations in Yemen (governmental), as it is more familiar with the Yemeni file and is the most accessible to the regions to document violations.

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