The people of the Middle East are calling for freedom and dignity. But their calls continue to be left unanswered as conflict, power politics and political turmoil spreads across the region at an unprecedent speed. In this section, Your Middle East explores the many aspects of conflict.
The rights watchdog said it has documented violations of humanitarian and human rights law, including possible war crimes, by both sides since the Yemen conflict broadened in March last year.
“Amnesty International is urging all states to ensure that no party to the conflict in Yemen is supplied –- either directly or indirectly –- with weapons, munitions, military equipment or technology that would be used in the conflict until they end such serious violations,” it said in a statement.
The group called “for any authorisation of arms transfers to any party to the Yemen conflict to include a strict, legally binding guarantee that the end use will be in line with international humanitarian and human rights law, and that such arms transfers will not be used in Yemen”, it said.
“The embargo call goes far beyond existing international sanctions on parties to the conflict in Yemen,” it added.
UN Security Council Resolution 2216, adopted in April last year, imposed an arms embargo only on the Huthi rebels and their allies, forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, it said.