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UN investigators find possible war crimes in Yemen
In Yemen, the parties involved in the conflict have committed possible war crimes, UN-appointed investigators said on Tuesday.
The development follows more than a dozen visits to the war-torn country and neighbouring States by the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen, which was set up by the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Just last week, an airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition in support of the Yemen Government, in opposition-held Hudaydah governorate, killed at least 26 children and four women.
Despite meetings with coalition officials in Riyadh and Oman, investigator Charles Garraway said that insufficient information had been provided about airstrikes.
“If there are systemic flaws in the targeting process, causing civilian casualties beyond what one would expect, then that process needs to be examined. And where there are flaws they need to be addressed and amended. We have seen no sign that there has been any attempt to do that.”
The report also highlights the Houthi opposition’s role in causing reported civilian casualties by shelling urban areas, saying there are “reasonable grounds” to believe that additional violations may amount to war crimes.
Chile’s migration solution reunites Haitian families
Thousands of Haitian migrants in Chile are looking forward to their families joining them in the South American country, thanks to a new legal migration solution, the UN migration agency, (IOM), said on Tuesday.
The development follows the Chilean Government’s decision to establish new visa categories, including Family Reunification Visas.
The policy became effective this month and involves a new IOM Visa Service Center in Port-au-Prince in Haiti, which opened last week.
Here’s IOM spokesperson Joel Millman: “Chile’s steady economic growth, political stability, and relatively open job market has made it one of the more attractive destinations for regional immigrants in recent years. It is evidenced by an influx of migrants, many from crisis-hit Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.”
Chile has seen a 75 per cent increase in the number of migrants arriving this year, compared with 2017.
A total of 120,000 Haitian citizens now live there.
Support stepped up for children in DRC’s Ebola-affected areas
And finally to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where youngsters are heading back to school for the start of another year.
Nothing surprising about that, except that more than 80,000 of them are having to contend with an outbreak of Ebola in the east of the country.
UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund, is helping to ensure that some 250 schools are a safe place to learn in the disease hit provinces of North Kivu and Ituri.
This involves training more than 1,700 teacher on Ebola-prevention measures and showing children how good hygiene can avoid the virus spreading.
UNICEF is just one of several UN agencies involved in stopping the latest Ebola outbreak in eastern DRC. To date, the virus has claimed 75 lives.
Daniel Johnson, UN News