Brigham Young University Prelaw Review


Yemen, Cultural Heritage, Airstrikes, Saudi Arabian Coalition, Responsibility to Protect, R2P


Since 2015, a violent war has waged in Yemen between rebel forces and a Saudi Arabian led coalition. This conflict has resulted in thousands of civilian casualties, an unparalleled humanitarian crisis, and the flagrant disregard and violation of international humanitarian law. A silent victim of the conflict is Yemen's millennia-old cultural heritage. Dozens of ancient monuments, historical buildings, and museums have been systematically targeted and destroyed by the coalition in unprecedented acts of cultural warfare. This paper examines the culpability of the Saudi led coalition in committing war crimes, the role of the United States in the conflict, and the failure of the United Nations to invoke the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine and intervene in the conflict.