Humanitarian Council comments on the UN Under-Secretary-General’s briefing
The Supreme Council for the Management and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and International Cooperation praised the efforts of the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lucock to provide funds to finance relief operations in Yemen.
In a statement, the Supreme Council said it had followed the 24th OF June briefing to the Security Council, which included five priority issues, in which it sought to put the world in front of two options, either to support the humanitarian response in Yemen, to help create a space for a sustainable political solution, or to watch Yemen fall into the abyss.
SCMCHA pointed out to the exhorted efforts of Agent Lucock, noted that it was appropriate to provide some clarification sought to correct some of the errors and misinformation he had made and had stated in the content of the briefing.
He stressed that the concerns of the United Nations and the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs about the risks of the COVID19 epidemic in Yemen, and the disastrous consequences that would ensue in terms of the scale of potential and confirmed casualties and the number of deaths, were not absurd, but were well-established facts, given the scale of the humanitarian disaster in Yemen, the insecurity of food and the fragility of the health sector as a result of the aggression and blockade.
The Supreme Council pointed out that Yemen has been away from the epidemic for months, and the United Nations could strengthen protection and prevent the spread of the epidemic by standing against the attempts of countries of aggression to introduce the virus into Yemen, through deportees from Yemenis and African immigrants, and strengthening the world health organization’s capacity to provide protection and prevention of the epidemic and solutions and screening devices.
” SCMCHA added that It is normal in light of the aggression, the blockade, the humanitarian disaster, the severe shortage of medicines and the lack of oil derivatives, that the consequences of the Corona epidemic are catastrophic, but they are no less serious than the number of victims of diseases and other epidemics that are rampant, and there are thousands of civilian casualties as a result of direct raids, malnutrition, and patients who have not been able to travel abroad for treatment as a result of the blockade and the continued closure of Sana’a airport,”.
The Council expressed the hope of Mark Lockook not to lose sight of the fact that the international mechanisms since the beginning of the aggression until today regarding violations of human rights in Yemen remained inadequate and the failure of the United Nations to take serious and urgent steps to stop the aggression, lift the siege and the establishment of an independent international mechanism to investigate violations, crimes and ensure that justice is achieved Equity for the victims, accountability, accountability, and non-impunity for the violators is crucial to the continuation of the daily series of killings of thousands of civilian victims, the aggravation of the humanitarian catastrophe, and the persistence of serious abuses and violations of international human rights and humanitarian law for five years.
The Council also expressed regret for the misinformation received in the context of the briefing on the denial of access to international staff arriving in Sana’a. He said: “There also appears to be a clear imbalance and failure of the Office of the Representative of the Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs in receiving and sharing information with its coordination offices around the world, which was the one who made this serious error contained in the briefing, which requires clarification of the international flights coming and departing through Sana’a International Airport based on statements of permits issued by the Council to international organizations, air traffic data at Sana’a airport for the period January to June 2020, and the identification of flights before June 15, which was noted as the period that was observed as witnessed by the Obstructing and preventing the arrival of international staff.
He said that the total number of flights from January to June 253, normally the transfer of staff and aid shipments, while the total number of staff arriving and departing 146 employees and 58 landings and take-off slots during June and ten flights for the period 1-15 June.
SCMCHA pointed out the necessity of putting Deputy Mark Lockoc into consideration within his briefing on the nature of the precautionary measures, “isolation, closure of land and seaports, and cancellation of international and domestic trips” that the countries of the world have taken to confront the spread and spread of the Corona epidemic as unilateral measures according to the confrontational strategy decided by each country and in isolation from the United Nations that failed It was unable to unite efforts and lead the world in dealing with the epidemic.
The Supreme Council confirmed that the arrival of staff of international organizations was not blocked, especially after a joint mechanism was reached that included a commitment to undergo 14 days of home quarantine procedures.
“However, if we assume that the decisions of the official body concerned to deal with the Crohn’s epidemic required, within the framework of the matrix of precautionary and preventive measures, to close Sana’a airport to international flights, they are preventive decisions binding on all and not arbitrary targeting the employees of international organizations only, pointed out that it is unacceptable to describe them in the briefing as being part of the practices of preventing and obstructing the movement of international workers”. It said.
The Supreme Council for Humanitarian Affairs highly appreciated the work that had been achieved. We have accomplished important things during joint work with you, and you have addressed it in your briefing as a tangible achievement that will provide a suitable environment for relief and humanitarian work, affirmed the commitment to humanitarian organizations that respect the principles of humanity, independence and impartiality in reaching victims.
It expressed regret for the obstacles and incidents in the southern and eastern provinces, which hindered the security access of thousands of people in need and hindered their access to humanitarian and relief assistance.
The Council stressed the need to create the conditions for achieving a just and comprehensive peace, which cannot be achieved without the United Nations fulfilling its professional and moral responsibilities, taking steps to stop the aggression, lift the blockade and take steps to promote respect for international humanitarian law and the protection of civilians, by ensuring accountability, accountability, and impunity.
The statement called for the need to take a firm stand against the practices of the states of aggression by preventing the arrival of oil and gas derivatives ships to the port of Hodeidah despite receiving permits from the United Nations after being inspected following the mechanism adopted by the United Nations in this regard, and the escort of the Alliance of Aggression to piracy and its capture and detention off the coast of Jizan.
He warned that the continuation of these practices will have serious consequences and disastrous consequences for the continued operation of many vital facilities associated with the daily lives of citizens, and will deprive millions of people of access to the services necessary for their survival, such as health and water, and will cause the suffering of millions.
The Supreme Council for Humanitarian Affairs noted that it was unacceptable to characterize the crime of the Alliance’s use of siege and starvation as a means of war, in the briefing as a struggle between the parties for financial resources and revenues.