NGOs file war crimes complaint against defense manufacturers in court in France – JURIST


Three NGOs filed a court case in France against three defense equipment manufacturers for allegedly aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity in Yemen. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, Mwatana for Human Rights and Sherpa allege that Dassault Aviation, Thales and MBDA France, through their military sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), enabled the massacre of civilians Yemenis.

The lesson war in yemen started in 2014; Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen reached a ceasefire in april it was extended Thursday. Humanitarian organizations and NGOs have alleged that the airstrikes by the Saudi Arabia-UAE military coalition targeted civilians and civilian infrastructure since 2015.

According Executive Director of Mwatana for Human Rights Abdulrasheed al-Faqih:

Coalition airstrikes have caused terrible destruction in Yemen. The weapons produced and exported by European countries, and in particular France, have enabled these crimes. Seven years after the start of this war, the countless Yemeni victims deserve credible investigations into all perpetrators, including those potentially complicit. We hope that the French courts can play a role in beginning to fill the current cavernous accountability vacuum in Yemen.

Amnesty International believes that eight billion euros in French arms sales went straight to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. In particular, Amnesty alleges that Dassault has combat aircraft sold in the UAE, MBDA sold long range missiles to Saudi Arabia and Thales has target designation modules provided both in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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