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    Human Rights Watch slammed the UN Human Rights Council for failing to stop international law breaches in Yemen, where more than 21 million people desperately need humanitarian aid.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The UN Human Rights Council missed a crucial opportunity to stop violations of international law in Yemen by failing to set up a formal inquiry into all warring parties in the country, including concerning reports of massive civilian deaths, a watchdog group said on Friday.

    "By failing to set up a serious UN inquiry on war-torn Yemen, the Human Rights Council squandered an important chance to deter further abuses," Human Rights Watch Deputy Director in Geneva Philippe Dam stated.

    The UNHRC, Dam added, "failed to generate effective international scrutiny over attacks by all the warring parties that have caused thousands of civilian deaths in Yemen in just a few months."

    Human Rights Watch accused Saudi Arabia and member countries of the Saudi-led coalition conducting a military airstrikes in Yemen of pressuring The Netherlands from putting forth a draft resolution that would have directed the UN to document human rights violations.

    The watchdog also said that "key countries," including the United States and the United Kingdom, failed to back the draft resolution, while Yemen "boycotted negotiations" on the proposed resolution by The Netherlands.

    "The United States, United Kingdom and France appear to have capitulated to Saudi Arabia with little or no fight, astoundingly allowing the very country responsible for serious violations in Yemen to write the resolution and protect itself from scrutiny," Dam noted.

    In March, Saudi Arabia began carrying out airstrikes against opposition Houthi rebels in Yemen at the request of ousted Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

    Recent estimates from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs show that some 1.5 million people are currently internally displaced in Yemen as a result of the fighting. More than 21 million Yemenis are reported to be in need of humanitarian protection or assistance.

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    Gulf States Launch Military Operation in Yemen (442)

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