Human Rights Office calls for accountability following shelling of funeral procession in Yemen

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Rupert Colville

The UN Human Rights Office is urging the authorities in Yemen to ensure that those responsible for the shelling of a funeral procession last month are held accountable.

Twenty-one people died and 30 others, including children, were injured in the attack which took place in Al-Dhalai Governorate in southern Yemen on 27 December.

Rupert Colville is spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office which is located in Geneva.

"We welcome the establishment of a presidential investigation committee the following day, the 28th, and we call upon the Yemeni authorities to ensure that this investigation is prompt, thorough and impartial and, very importantly, that its results are made public. We call upon the authorities to make sure that those responsible are held accountable."  (21″)

Colville says the UN Human Rights Office in Yemen is in regular contact with the authorities and will continue to closely follow up the outcome of the investigation.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration:  59″

 

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