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In light of the gravity of alleged breaches of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in Yemen, and given challenges faced by the national commission of inquiry, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Thursday called on the international community to establish an international, independent body to carry out comprehensive investigations in Yemen.

In a report mandated by the UN Human Rights Council, the UN Human Rights Office has laid out a number of serious allegations of violations and abuses committed by all sides to the conflict in Yemen, highlighting in particular their impact on civilian lives, health and infrastructure.

"The perpetuation of the conflict and its consequences on the population in Yemen are devastating," the report states. "The international community has a legal and moral duty to take urgent steps to alleviate the appalling levels of human despair."

"Civilians in Yemen have suffered unbearably over the years from the effects of a number of simultaneous and overlapping armed conflicts," Zeid said.

"And they continue to suffer, absent any form of accountability and justice, while those responsible for the violations and abuses against them enjoy impunity".

Zeid also urged all parties to the conflict to work towards a negotiated and durable solution to the conflict in the best interest of the Yemeni people and to ensure full respect for international humanitarian law.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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