Global Rights Compliance draft legal submissions on Starvation to the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen
Global Rights Compliance (‘GRC’) drafted legal submissions to the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen established by the UN High Commissioner though Resolution A/HRC/RES/36/31 on 29 September 2017. The submissions applied the law relevant to starvation to the applicable facts of the Yemeni context, as ascertained through reliable, open-source materials, including reports by UN bodies and other NGOs such as Mwatana, and any other information supplied directly to GRC.
GRC’s submissions urge the GEE to carefully assess the existing documentation relating to starvation in Yemen and conclude that accountability is not only imperative, it is possible. Taking into account the existing documentation and available circumstantial evidence, GRC’s submissions highlight that there is a reasonable basis to conclude that, as a result of the decisions and policies of the Houthi-Saleh forces as well as the Saudi-led Coalition and other armed groups, civilians in specific areas of Yemen are starving and/or are facing the threat of starvation. As leading experts in the field of international criminal law, GRC set out clearly in the submissions how the elements of the potential applicable offences should be investigated and how the available documentation and information should be presented in order to support meaningful accountability and any prospective prosecution.