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Yemen: Armed Conflict

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 149903, tabled on 5 June 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the Saudi-led coalition's compliance with international humanitarian law in relation to the conflict in Yemen.

Answered on

11 June 2018

We regularly raise, at the highest levels, the importance of compliance with International Humanitarian Law (IHL) with Saudi Arabia. The UK takes allegations of IHL violations extremely seriously. We encourage the Saudi-led Coalition to ensure that any such allegations are thoroughly investigated. Saudi Arabia has publicly stated that it is investigating reports of alleged violations of IHL, and that lessons will be acted upon. The Coalition has the best insight into its own military procedures and is able to conduct the most thorough and conclusive investigations. This also allows the coalition to really understand what may have gone wrong and apply any lessons learnt in the best possible way. The Coalition Joint Incidents Assessment Team has announced the findings of a total of 55 investigations, with the most recent released on 5 March.