Reuters | June 24, 2011
(Reuters) – A team of United Nations human rights investigators will travel to Yemen next week to assess the situation after months of unrest, a U.N. spokeswoman said on Friday.
“The U.N. human rights office is due to deploy a three-member delegation to Yemen on Monday for a 10-day mission to assess the human rights situation in the country in light of recent events,” spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a news briefing.
The team of experts, whose names are not being disclosed for security reasons, are staff of U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Her office has sought access to Yemen to make an independent assessment since the crisis began in March and the mission comes at Sanaa’s invitation.
The experts will talk to Yemeni government officials, activists, victims of human rights violations, political opposition members and religious leaders during the June 27-July 6 mission, a U.N. statement said.
“The team will also try to meet internally displaced persons and intends to visit medical facilities and detention centers in a number of cities,” it said.
They will present their findings in a report to the U.N. Human Rights Council at its next session in September.
The United States and Saudi Arabia are pushing Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to hand over power to his deputy under a Gulf Arab proposal aimed at ending unrest that has pushed Yemen close to a civil war.