Human rights groups in Yemen has been crying hoarse over many issues. Majority of them are lethal- the bombing of civilians from the air and landmines maiming those who are unfortunate enough to walk on them on the ground. Apart from relentless shelling, access to medicine and food are also denied. Torture and abduction have now become routine. Children are given weapons and turned into soldiers. The human rights groups have implored the United Nations to tackle the increasing list of abuses. The response, for the most part, is a deafening silence. This was due to the bullying by Saudi Arabia and its military allies. Global concerns were subsumed in this matter.
Matters are soon going to change. The Human Rights Council of the United Nations took a major step forward to end the war crimes which are taking place in Yemen. This is the result of unending tries of the Yemeni activists and those allied to their cause all over the world. These groups proved that even if powerful groups want to scuttle such causes, the UN council will take action to protect any civilian lives. The principal move has been made by five countries- Ireland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Canada.
Steps are being taken to send a clear message to the coalition led by Saudi forces and their opposition, the Houthi-Saleh forces, along with other warring parties. The message is that the international community is watching. The Human Rights Council, which was silent until now, will now take action to make sure that those who kill civilians and cause the destruction of hospitals and homes, will be thoroughly investigated. They will also be held accountable for crimes committed.
Scrutiny of all parties
The UN council has figured out a method to bring an intense scrutiny of all state actors in play in the Yemen war. This involves the creation of Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts. The latter will analyze abuses and violations done from September 2014. It will then work to identify those individuals who are responsible for such crimes.
It should be kept in mind that making inquiries constitutes only the primary step. The governments must press further to make any real development. The first action to do in such cases is to identify principled and strong experts to scrutinize the conduct of all parties. These experts must contact Yemeni activists to make sure that the investigations are going well.