Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen mandate renewed for a further year
Last week, the Group of Eminent Experts (GEE) for Yemen had its mandate renewed until September 2020. UN Human Rights Council resolution (A/HRC/42/L.16) which extended the mandate, also significantly highlighted the concerns over ‘prevention of access for humanitarian aid, the use of import and other restrictions as a military tactic and use of starvation of civilians as a method of warfare’ in Yemen. GRC commends the UN HRC decision and the GEE’s work, noting that starvation has moved from the periphery in their reporting to a more centralised position as seen in their latest 2019 report. The GEE’s 2019 report concluded that starvation may have been used a method of warfare by both the coalition forces and the de-facto authorities. GRC made formal submissions to the GEE in 2018 and have continued to engage with them throughout 2019.
GRC and the World Peace Foundation were privileged to have hosted the GEE during the Starvation Project End of Phase 1 Symposium at the Tuft’s European Center in Talloires, France between 26-29 September 2019. GRC will engage further with the GEE in November during GRC’s Starvation Training Manual workshop in Beirut.