GENEVA, Switzerland - The United Arab Emirates rejected the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), on the situation of human rights in Yemen, saying, it had not provided an objective background of the conflict, including the coup d'etat, organised and carried out by the Houthis, against the legitimate Yemeni Government.

Addressing an interactive discussion on the report, held as part of the Human Rights Council's 39th session, Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, UAE's Permanent Representative at the UN in Geneva, expressed UAE's support to the statements of the Arab Group and the Coalition countries, and its rejection of the findings of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen.

"The report put Houthi militias on an equal footing with other parties. It even used the term "de facto authorities" to describe them, which gives them some sort of legitimacy. This is untrue and unacceptable," Al Zaabi said. He also referred to the report detailing military operations, which falls outside the group's jurisdictions, as the experts are not qualified to assess the situation in Yemen from military and security perspectives. He also described the report as "unrealistic" because it is impossible for a 3-man group to assess a situation as complex as that of Yemen in just five months.

Al Zaabi noted that the Group of Experts based their investigations about human rights violations on their personal assessment, without consideration to the information provided by the Coalition on the violations committed by the Houthi rebels.

"The report also overlooked the positive role played by the Coalition, in providing humanitarian assistance and protecting civilians from Houthis' atrocities,as well as, the efforts of the Yemeni Government and of the Coalition's Joint Incident Assessment Team in containing the crisis," he stated.


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