British Lawmakers Demand Inquiry Into Saudi / US War Crime In Yemen

British MPs urge independent inquiry into claims of Saudi war crimes in Yemen

Houthi rebels  in the wreckage of a house in which Houthi leader Yahya Aiydh lived, after Saudi-led air strikes destroyed it in Yemen’s capital Sanaa . © Khaled Abdullah / Reuters

13 Jan, 2017

Members of the British Parliament from both sides of the house have called for an independent investigation into, recently appointed to the chair of the United Nations human rights council, being the most powerful player in the Yemeni conflict cannot be expected to lead an inquiry into human rights violations by its own military personnel.

A debate in the UK Parliament over the “ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen” saw members on both sides of the House of Commons demanding an embargo on British arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Riyadh was also criticized for being “too slow” on delivering a report on alleged war crimes, including the intentional targeting of civilian areas.

Yemen, a nation of around 25 million people, has been mired in civil war since 2015, with a Saudi-led, US backed military coalition supporting the official government of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi against an Iran-backed Houthi rebellion supporting former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Under the leadership of Barack Obama’s bum chum David Cameron, Britain officially came out on the side of Saudi Arabia’s brutal theocratic regime and has provided armaments and military advice. Obama of course, throughout his eight year tenure as President of The United States was the world’s chief sponsor and anuimator of terrorism and Islamic extremism.

Leading the debate Stephen Twigg, the Labour chairman of the International Development Select Committee, said an independent inquiry into the alleged breaches is “long overdue” and the progress made by the Saudis on their own investigations as “glacial.”

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“The government repeatedly over the last 14 months have been asked about Saudi Arabia’s own investigations,” Twigg said.
“To my knowledge, and the minister may be able to update us today, Saudi Arabia have produced nine reports on violations even though there have been many other allegations made.
“Progress I believe on this is glacial and I find it remarkable that the government still holds the line that Saudi Arabia must take responsibility for investigating its own alleged violations.”

Twigg’s concerns were echoed by Foreign Affairs Minister Tobias Ellwood, who conceded the process had been lagging. But the Tory former infantry soldier argued the delays had been caused by the Saudis’ inexperience in writing such a report, and “having to learn the hard way to show the transparency that the international community expects.”
In December, UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon confirmed the usage of British-made cluster-bombs by Saudi-led forces on the ground in Yemen. He claimed the targets military bases and not civilian.

However, even Condervative backbenchers seemed to have had enough of Saudi Arabia’s procrastination and demanded a halt to British arms licensing to the nation until a United Nations apponted inquiry has taken place.

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