27 February 2015 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said today that it is closely monitoring the critical situation in Yemen where the political dialogue is faltering and urged a meaningful dialogue to avoid further instability.
“In the context of the many mass demonstrations over the past few months, we have documented a number of unlawful arrests, arbitrary detention and the targeting of journalists,” said OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani at a press briefing in Geneva this afternoon.
The ongoing conflict is worsening the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. At the same time, humanitarian organisations are experiencing cuts in funding from their largest donors. “Despite millions of lives at risk, donors are cutting funding at this critical time,” says Regional Director of Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Gabriella Waaijman.
The humanitarian crisis in Yemen has been one of the world’s most severe, even before the latest clashes.
Yemen - IOM has been working to improve water and sanitation facilities at the Al-Husna Mosque, a local mosque in Basateen, whose Imam offers a temporary safe haven to destitute migrants from the Horn of Africa stranded en route to Saudi Arabia.
Regional mixed migration summary for January 2015 covering mixed migration events, trends and data for Djibouti, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Puntland, Somalia, Somaliland and Yemen.
Terminology: Throughout this report the term migrant/refugee is used to cover all those involved in the mixed migration flows (including asylum seekers, trafficked persons, smuggled economic migrants, and refugees). If the case load mentioned refers only to refugees, asylum seekers or trafficked persons, it will be clearly stated.
RMMS presents an end of year trend summary and analysis for 2014 with a focus on the Horn of Africa and Yemen region and neighbouring areas and routes taken out of the region. For ease of reading this presentation uses few statistics but provides a generic overview of prominent trends. Statistical details can be found in RMMS literature produced during the course of 2014 (Regional Mixed Migration Monthly Summaries / Quarterly reports etc.).
Aden, Yemen | AFP | Thursday 2/26/2015 - 20:57 GMT | 593 words
by Fawaz al-Haidari
Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi met Thursday with the UN envoy in Aden, as the southern city increasingly became the country's de facto political and diplomatic capital instead of militia-held Sanaa.
Saudi Arabia also announced its envoy was resuming his duties in Aden, after several Arab and Western nations closed their embassies in Sanaa this month over security fears.
Bassam Al-Khameri (author)
Although Yemen has close to five million date palms of its own, over a million tons of dates were imported into the country last year. There are fears that greater reliance may be placed on imports as farmers struggle to contain the red palm weevil, a pest that has decimated plantations throughout the world and threatens the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis.
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Liu Jieyi (China):
The members of the Security Council called for all parties in Yemen, including the Houthis, to adhere to resolving their differences through dialogue and consultation, reject acts of violence to achieve political goals, and refrain from provocation and all unilateral actions to undermine the political transition.
7390th Meeting (AM)
The Security Council this morning extended for one year sanctions on those threatening stability in Yemen, as well as the mandate of the Panel of Experts who assist the committee that oversees those measures.
The humanitarian situation in Yemen is worsening as political instability and the conflict continues. After decades of chronic underdevelopment and socio-economic crisis, 15.9 million people – over 60 percent of the population – are now in need of humanitarian assistance. Children and women have been hardest hit. “More than 800,000 children under the age of 5 are suffering from acute malnutrition,” says Dawelbait Mohamed, CARE Yemen’s Country Director. “This is alarming.
Unfortunately, we can confirm that a French citizen working for an international organization was kidnapped this morning in Sana. The Quai d’Orsay Crisis Center is in contact with her family. All of our agencies are mobilized to locate our compatriot and secure her release.
In light of the deteriorating security situation in Yemen, we again urge all our compatriots, as we did so two weeks ago, to leave the country as swiftly as possible.
End Ban on Protests, Hold Violators to Account
(Sanaa) – Yemeni security forces and militia have beaten peaceful protesters and mistreated those arrested during demonstrations in the capital, Sanaa, since late January 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should hold those responsible for serious abuses accountable, and rescind an indefinite ban on unauthorized protests issued on February 8.
Sanaa, Yemen | AFP | Monday 2/24/2015 - 14:41 GMT
Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi has retracted his resignation after escaping house arrest in the militia-controlled capital, an aide said Tuesday, staking a claim to lead the country out of crisis.
The embattled leader had tendered his resignation last month after the Shiite militia, known as Huthis, seized the presidential palace and besieged his residence in Sanaa.
The ERF funded 18 projects worth US$4.8 million of which US$3.6 million was allocated to 13 projects through a call for proposal in December.
The United Kingdom supported a second call for proposal with additional funding of US$3.9 million in December.
At year end, the Fund had received contributions amounting to US$22,004,899 from United Kingdom,
Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and Republic of Korea. The Fund allocated a total of US$19.3 million to 62 projects.
The Fund allocated US$1.4 million to three new projects in Amran, Hajjah and Sa’ada Governorates. Two health projects provided basic health services and hospital rehabilitation to 221,152 IDPs and host communities. The Fund supported a logistics project for 480 humanitarian aid workers with United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS). OCHA monitored two projects in Sa’ada.
One was found to be on track, while the other was delayed for administrative reasons. The Fund received US$0.6 million from Ireland.
62,206 children were taught about the dangers of mines in Amanat Al Asma, Al Jawf, Sa’ada and
3,739 out of school children have taken the mid-year exam in Taiz Governorate.
Sanaa, Yemen | AFP | Friday 2/20/2015 - 15:24 GMT
Yemen's political parties are edging closer to a deal that would resolve the crisis caused by the Shiite Huthi militia seizing power, UN envoy Jamal Benomar has said.
Parties including the powerful Huthis have agreed on the "form of the legislative authority in the interim period", Benomar wrote on his Facebook page late Thursday.
He hailed the preliminary accord as an "important step towards achieving a comprehensive political agreement that would end the current crisis".
Bassam Al-Khameri (author)
SANA’A, Feb. 18—UN-brokered talks are continuing with the participation of Houthi representatives, despite the demands of opposition parties being ignored.
Supervised by UN Special Envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar, national talks were resumed on Feb. 9 but have been marred by disagreement.