UN Human Rights Council Extends Mandate for Investigation of War Crimes in Yemen

“States at the UN Human Rights Council stood firm today, in the face of shameful efforts by the Saudi-led coalition to quash a UN expert inquiry.”  — General Director, Human Rights Watch

Children's backpacks lie at the site a day after Saudi Arabia conducted an airstrike on a school bus in Saada, Yemen on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. The United Nations has called for an investigation into a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the country's north that killed nearly 30 children. Kareem al-Mrrany | AP

SANA’A, YEMEN -- The families of war victims have welcomed a UN Human Rights Council resolution extending the mandate of an international investigation into war crimes in Yemen, describing the vote as a step that shows the Council stands with those who have lost loved ones. Amar Fares, who lost her entire family in Saudi airstrikes that targeted

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Watch | Activists Demand Accountability for Yemen at the UN Human Rights Council

For over three years, the US-backed Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has carried out a policy that directly attacks the very existence of innocent women and children on several fronts without any military objective.

Geneva – Geopolitics Alert editor Randi Nord participated in two side panel events at the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 39th session in Geneva, Switzerland last week. The second panel demanded accountability for war crimes committed against civilians in Yemen — particularly due to the blockade. Coverage of the first panel, sponsored by

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The United States Withdraws from the World

The U.S. withdrawal from U.N. agencies is, if anything, a sign of weakness rather than strength.

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The United States has decided to no longer participate in the United Nations 47-member Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The number one reason cited by U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley was that the council is unfairly critically focused on Israel. The United States had already left the U.N.’s cultural organization UNESCO last October, the last straw

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US Pulls Out of Human Rights Council as Israel Prepares Major Offensive on Gazan, Lebanese Civilian Targets

Given that new Israeli military offensives against Gaza and its northern neighbors are widely anticipated, the U.S. decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council in Israel’s name is a likely indication of its rejection of coming condemnations of future Israeli war crimes.

A general view of the assembly hall during the opening of the Human Rights Council's Commemorative session marking the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday Dec. 12, 2008. (AP/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)

NEW YORK – In a move that the UN’s human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, called “disappointing, if not really surprising, news,” the United States announced on Tuesday that it would be withdrawing from the international body’s Human Rights Council in protest of what it called the “hypocritical and self-serving” organization’s “unending

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The US Just Ditched the UN Human Rights Council in Defense of Israel

Move decried as latest “example of how unconditional support for Israel means you can’t support human rights standards anywhere for anyone. Israel threatens entire international system for defending human rights, such as it is.”

The new United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley waves to reporters as she arrives to the home of the U.S. Mission in New York, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (AP/Seth Wenig)

In what critics framed as Orwellian 'up-is-down, down-is-up' remarks from the State Department on Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially announced that the U.S. is withdrawing from its participation in the U.N. Human Rights Council, claiming the body responsible for upholding

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Saudi Blockade Triggers Massive Cholera Epidemic In Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen and its continuing blockade of Yemeni ports has virtually collapsed the country and basic necessities are in dangerously short supply. Now, Yemen finds itself unable to treat a rapidly growing cholera outbreak that claims the life of one civilian every hour.

An elderly woman is treated for suspected cholera infection at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, May. 15, 2017. The U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Yemen says a cholera outbreak has killed 115 people over the past two weeks. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

In March, the world looked on as the Saudi-led coalition – which has been fighting a deadly war in Yemen since 2015 – moved to expand its naval blockade of Al Hudaydah, Yemen’s largest port. The move drew the consternation of the United Nations, as well as the Russian Foreign Ministry, with the latter warning that the operation “would not only

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