The catastrophic war in Yemen is now in its third year. Thousands of civilians have been killed and injured, hundreds of thousands are infected with cholera and millions are on the brink of a famine. The crisis is man-made, but what can be done to stem these abuses and hold those responsible accountable? Join us for a discussion on how human rights groups have sought accountability and what's next in the effort to stop violations in Yemen.
Kristine Beckerle is the Yemen and UAE researcher in the Middle East and North Africa Division at Human Rights Watch. She previously worked as the Human Rights Watch Finberg Fellow, covering Saudi Arabia and women’s rights and authoring a report on the country’s male guardianship system. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Kristine worked with UNRWA, the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees, in Amman, Jordan, on issues related to gender-based violence and international protection. She holds a law degree from Yale Law School and a bachelor's degree in social studies from Harvard University.
Radhya al-Mutawakel is a human rights defender. She is the chairperson of Mwatana Organization ,an Organization is an independent Yemeni organization aiming to defend and protect human rights depending on investigative research methodology to issue statements, reports, and documentary films. Mwatana also works on advocacy, human rights awareness, and providing legal support to the victims of arbitrary detentions. Al-Mutawakel has been working in the field of human rights since 2004 covering different topics including war crimes, arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearance, and freedom of press. She graduated from the Faculty of Mass Media and Communication and holds two high diplomas on gender studies and political science.
Almutawakel was awarded on April 2017 the “Global Advocate Award” from the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and invited to be a “Practitioner-In-Residence” at Columbia Law School. In 30 May 2017 she briefed the UN Security Council on the war in Yemen.