Crimes against humanity in Yemen is France an accomplice ?

10 12 2020

Action Sécurité Ethique Républicaines (ASER) launches the report: « CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY IN YEMEN Legal assessment of the violations of international law committed by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates » and underlines: « the repetitive and systematic aspect of the serious violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law ». 
 
The report shows how the countries of the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – including Egypt, whose President Al Sissi was received in Paris – have continued to target civilians and civilian objects since March 2015 despite repeated calls from the UN Security Council, reports from their experts and numerous NGOs and parliamentarians around the world. This report justifies as calling this war a crime against humanity and raises the question of the French government’s complicity through its arms sales.
 
The repeated statements of the UN humanitarian agencies on the dramatic situation that sees 80% of the population in urgent need of humanitarian aid, with more than 230,000 deaths according to the UNDP report, including more than 140,000 children by the end of 2019, has visibly changed nothing in the coalition’s rules of engagement:
 
« The fact that precision weapons were used during the coalition’s air raids indicates that the deaths of civilians and the resulting destruction of civilian property were not due to simple negligence due to a lack of precaution, but were indeed intentional.”
 
This report reinforces ASER’s request before the Council of State[1], which calls for the immediate suspension of arms transfers from the French government to all countries of the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and which includes Egypt and which violates its international commitments including Article 6 of the UN Arms Trade Treaty.
 
Our request was admitted to the Council of State last October.
 
 
ASER is a member of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA). ASER is accredited to the United Nations.


[1] l’Action des Chrétiens pour l’abolition de la Torture (ACAT), Action Contre la Faim (ACF), Médecin du monde (MDM) Salam4Yemen, SHERPA et STOPFUELINGWAR