Mohammed bin Zayed honors members of the armed forces amid accusations of war crimes
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces has honored a number of members of the UAE Armed Forces with the accolades of “Glory” and “Emirates” amid accusations of war crimes against the state.
The official UAE News Agency reported that the honorings were “in recognition of their heroic positions expressed during the performance of their national duties.”
Sheikh Zayed awarded the First Class Medal to Brigadier General Ali Al Tunaiji and Lieutenant Colonel Al Sagheer Al Neyadi.
The “Order of the Emirates” from the third class of pilot Tayyar Mazyoud Al Shehhi, the “Order of the Emirates” from the fourth class of: Captain Khalfan Al Marzouqi, Captain Ahmed Al Ameri, Captain Ali Al Marashda, Captain Saif Al Kaabi, Captain Ammar Al Abdouli, Captain Saeed Al Rashdi, Captain Abdullah Al Ameri, Captain Haitham Al Naqbi and Captain Abdulrahman Al-Mehrezi.
While the agency did not provide a specific occasion for this honor, it came under accusations documented by the United Nations to the United Arab Emirates for war crimes and spread chaos and sabotage in Yemen, Libya and other Arab countries as well as the Horn of Africa.
Last month, a group of leading international and regional experts on Yemen condemned the UAE for committing horrific war crimes against Yemenis and demanded its international accountability as the rest of the country’s conflict.
The Panel confirmed that the UAE and other parties to the conflict in Yemen have benefited from the “lack of accountability” for violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.
In its resolution 36/31 of September 2017, the Human Rights Council requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to establish a panel of eminent international and regional experts on Yemen to monitor and report on the human rights situation.
The expert group was mandated to undertake a comprehensive study of all alleged violations and abuses of international human rights law and other appropriate and applicable areas of international law committed by all parties to the conflict since September, 2014, taking into account the possible gender dimensions of such violations, as well as to uncover the facts and circumstances surrounding the violations.
On 4 December, 2017, the High Commissioner established the Panel of Eminent International and Regional Independent Experts, appointing Mr. Kamal Jendoubi (Tunisia) as Chairman, Mr. Charles Garway (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) as an expert, and Ms. Melissa Park (Australia) as an expert.
Following the submission of the Panel’s first report to the thirty-ninth session of the Human Rights Council (A / HRC / 39/43) in September 2018, resolution 39/16 renewed the mandate of the Group for a further year and requested a second report at the forty-second session of the Human Rights Council In September 2019.