Between the 16th and 17th February 2016, members of the United Nations Security Council received alarming information regarding the current humanitarian crisis in Yemen, from the Under-Secretary General for humanitarian affairs, the Special Envoy of the Secretary- General for Yemen and the chair of UN sanctions committee. Consequently, the UN body has taken various measures to takle the situation.
(Geneva-United Nations)- Stressing the need for a peaceful, orderly, inclusive and Yemeni-led transition process, members recalled recent Security Council resolutions from 2014-2015, placing extreme emphasis upon Resolution 2216 (2015), in which all Yemeni parties involved in the conflict have been directed to resume and accelerate UN demands and political consultations, as highligted in a recent press release from the Security Council.
Huge concern has been expressed over the violation of human rights in Yemen- regarding the deprevation of humanitarian aid in Yemen, which holds the largest number of people in the world in need of humanitarian asssistance. Security Council members have called upon all sides in Yemen to comply with international humanitarian law, in order to ensure rapid and safe and unhindered humanitarian aid and security to civilians.
Parties involved in the conflict have been urged to both resume a ceasefire in compliance with the Security Council resolutions 2014 (2011), 2051 (2012), 2140 (2014), 2201 (2015) and 2216 (2215) and fulfill their commitments made during the last December negotiations.
Moreover, the Security Council has expressed growing concerns over the increasing presence of terrorist groups Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Pennisula and Isil in Yemen.
In light of the deteriorating humanitarian and terrorist situation in Yemen, members of the Security Council have called upon Yemeni Parties to participate in negotiations and political talks in accordance with the Gulf Co-Operation Council Initiative and it’s Implentation Mechanism. Nevertheless, the Security Council members continue to express their support and commitment to the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Yemen.
Anoushka Rai* : Graduated from Queen Mary University of London and King's College, is currently an Intern at the pan African magazine ContinentPremier.Com. United Nations-Geneva.
Est actuellement en stage auprès de CONTINENTPREMIER.COM, Nations-Unies, Genève.