UN appoints new member in Yemen violation expert panel

New York (Debriefer)
2019-12-21 | Since 2 Month

The United Nations announced on Friday the appointment of a Canadian expert in the expert panel tasked with verifying the human rights violations in Yemen.

"The UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday appointed Dr. Ardy Imseis of Canada as a new member of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen," said spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights .

Dr. Imseis will "replace one of the three previous members, Charles Garraway (United Kingdom, who had to step down for health reasons," Rupert Colville added.

"The two other previous members, Chairperson Kamel Jendoubi (Tunisia) and Melissa Parke (Australia), were reappointed on the same day," he said.

The mandate of the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts was renewed for a further one year by the Human Rights Council on 26 September.

In their latest report, published 3 September 2019, the Group of Eminent Experts detailed numerous possible war crimes committed by various parties to the conflict over the past five years, including through airstrikes, indiscriminate shelling, snipers and landmines, as well as arbitrary killings and detention, torture, sexual and gender-based violence, and the impeding of access to humanitarian aid.

The Group will present their third report to the Human Rights Council in September 2020.

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