UN to conduct human rights mission in Yemen

A group of forcibly displaced people in north Yemen.

The United Nations is sending a team of human rights experts to Yemen to investigate reports of abuse by government forces.

The 3-member panel, whose names are not being released, will leave Monday on the ten-day mission.

The High Commissioner for Human rights (UNHCR) has voiced alarm over what it calls the deteriorating security situation in Yemen, citing reports of hundreds of deaths.

Ravina Shamdasani is from UNHCR.

"The information that’s coming out from Yemen has been very difficult to independently verify. So the main goals of the mission are to go and assess the situation. They will meeting Government officials, human rights defenders, victims of violations, members of the political opposition, internally displaced persons. They are also hoping to visit medical facilities and prison and detention centres."

The team's report will be made public in September at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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