Wednesday 22 November 2017

Compromise agreed on human rights probe in war-torn Yemen

File photo showing the rubble of a house destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen (AP)
File photo showing the rubble of a house destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen (AP)

The United Nations' human rights body has approved a compromise resolution calling for a group of "eminent international and regional experts" to monitor and report on rights abuses in war-torn Yemen.

Saudi Arabia and other Arab states presented the amended draft resolution that won by-consensus agreement by the Human Rights Council on Friday.

It will give the strongest international component yet to an examination of rights violations in a country that the UN says faces the world's greatest humanitarian disaster.

The council resolution capped intense closed-door negotiations to bridge a divide between a version promoted by the Netherlands and Canada, which had sought an international, independent Commission of Inquiry on Yemen, and the less-intrusive Arab proposal.

It was perhaps the most contentious issue during a three-week session that ended on Friday.

AP

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