The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) joins the rest of the world’s human rights community in condemning the recent air-strike on Sana’a, Yemen that targeted Al-Sala Alkubra where a funeral ceremony was held. The attack on Saturday October 8, 2016 left over 140 deaths and injured hundreds others adding to the pain, grief and sorrow of the Yemeni people. AHRC-USA expresses its sympathy and condolences to the families of those who have died in the attack and wishes all the injured a speedy recovery.
The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) affirms its unconditional condemnation to targeting non-combatants. Targeting noncombatants is senseless, inhumane and is a clear violation of international law. AHRC-USA calls upon all the parties to the war in Yemen to fully respect international humanitarian law.
The war in Yemen has added to the challenges Yemen faced even before the war. Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world and the war has left over 80 percent of population lacking the most basic of human needs, with children being the most adversely affected. AHRC-USA calls for peace-talks and dialogue between all the warring parties in Yemen. AHRC-USA calls upon the world community to give the Yemeni crisis the attention it deserves.
“There is absolutely no justification for targeting non-combatants under any circumstances,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. “Under jus in bello or international humanitarian law, all parties have an obligation to respect the norms of the law of war. Targeting noncombatants is simply a war crime,” added Hamad.