Human rights group lauds govt for aid to Yemen

Children play in the rubble in Sanaa, Yemen. (AFP pic)

PETALING JAYA: The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (Centhra) today praised the government for pledging US$100,000 (RM406,700) in aid to resolve the Yemeni crisis and called for a war tribunal to be set up to hold those responsible accountable.

Centhra chief executive Azril Mohd Amin said Malaysia should play a role in investigating the root cause of the conflict in Yemen.

He urged Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah to work with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the matter.

“We stand ready to provide the government with all the necessary assistance needed,” he said in a statement today.

Azril, who is a lawyer, raised concern over why no nation had spoken about the findings of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights inquiry into the Yemeni conflict.

“This inquiry makes for grim reading. Various violations of human rights, from attacks affecting civilians to arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, torture and ill-treatment, were recorded by the experts,” he said.

He said a war tribunal should be set up to hold those responsible for the Yemeni crisis.

“The world must send a message that human rights violation would not go unpunished,” he said.

Azril also praised Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad for noting the fact that Western superpowers are fanning the flames of conflict by selling billions of dollars of arms to the region.