UN ends Yemen war crimes probe in historic defeat at rights body

UN ends Yemen war crimes probe in historic defeat at rights body
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The UN Human Rights Council agreed to end its mandate in Yemen after finding that all warring sides in the country have committed war crimes
The conflict in Yemen has killed and displaced millions in total [Getty]

The United Nations Human Rights Council narrowly agreed on Thursday to end the mandate of its independent investigators who have found that all sides in Yemen's conflict have committed acts that may amount to war crimes.

Saudi Arabia lobbied heavily against the Western resolution that would have extended by two years the mandate of the independent team who have documented possible war crimes in Yemen, including by the Riyadh-led coalition, activists said.

The vote at the 47-member Geneva forum was 21 countries against the resolution presented by the Netherlands, with 18 in favour, seven abstentions and one delegation absent which was Ukraine.

Yemen has been torn apart by war for years, which has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions. It faces one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

(Reuters)