In a tight 21-18 vote, diplomats put an end to Dutch plans for a two year extension to an independent investigation despite Western support. The war in Yemen started in 2014 and continues to this day.
Members of the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday narrowly blocked a mandate to continue independent investigations into alleged war crimes during the ongoing Yemen conflict.
Bahrain, Russia and Pakistan led 21 countries who voted against a Dutch resolution for a two-year extension of the investigation, with Germany, the UK and France heading 18 countries that voted in favor.
Bahraini ambassador Yusuf Abdulkarim Bucheeri said during the debate before the vote that investigators had "contributed to misinformation" about the civil war inside Yemen.
There were seven abstentions and Ukraine was absent for the meeting.
How serious is the conflict?
Yemen's decades of tensions and violence escalated into full scale civil war in late 2014, when Houthi insurgents — Shiite rebels with links to Iran and a complex history with Yemen's Sunni Muslims — took control of the northern city of Sanaa.
A coalition of Gulf states led by Saudi Arabia then intervened in the conflict at the ousted government's request in May of 2015, even as UN-led efforts to establish a peaceful political transition were ongoing. The campaign mainly consisted of bombing raids against Houthi targets, and later a naval blockade and ground invasion. The blockade, in particular, has hampered food and humanitarian aid deliveries to the conflict zone.
"Parties to the conflict continue to commit extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, torture, child recruitment and forced displacement, among other violations and abuses of international human rights and humanitarian law," said UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet.