A call for renewal and strengthening of the mandate for the Group of Eminent Experts
United Nations Human Rights Council
26th September 2018
Item 10, Technical assistance and capacity building – ID on HC report on Yemen
This statement is made on behalf of Save the Children and 17 civil society organisations, including organisations with current operations in Yemen.
Dear Mr. Secretary-General:
Dear Foreign Secretary,
We are writing to express our grave concern at the rapidly deteriorating crisis in Yemen and increasing violence against civilians in recent weeks.
Yesterday’s horrifying airstrike on a school bus in the Saada governorate reportedly killed 40 children and left another 56 seriously wounded. Such an act is not only unconscionable and heart-breaking, it appears to be a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law (IHL).
International non-government organisations (INGOs) in Yemen strongly condemn horrific Coalition airstrikes on a bus transporting school children in Yemen yesterday. This bombing follows an unacceptable trend of attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure by parties to Yemen’s conflict. The killing of dozens of children has escalated the depravity of a war creating untold loss and destruction for people in Yemen.
We, the undersigned humanitarian and human rights organisations, strongly condemn the major attacks that hit a fish market and the entrance to Yemen's largest hospital, Al Thawra, in Hodeidah on 2 August, which reportedly killed over 40 civilians, including children. Hospitals are protected under International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and parties to the conflict are obliged to do everything possible to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, as the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Lise Grande, emphasised in her condemnation of the attack.
Thousands of Yazidi families are faced with an impossible choice.
They can either remain in camps where basic services are drying up or return to homes that are no longer safe.
Their crumbling houses are riddled with leftover mines, mortars and booby traps and the remains of those killed during the massacre.
Don't forget about Yazidi children.
350,000 Yazidis were forced to flee their homes by ISIS in 2014. Many men and boys were killed and women and girls were forced into sexual slavery.
"I WANT TO SEE PEOPLE ABLE TO LIVE THEIR LIVES IN PEACE". - CREPIN, PROGRAMME MANAGER, CAR
A worsening humanitarian situation in CAR.
The desperate situation in Central African Republic has worsened amid a spike in fighting that threatens to hit almost every part of the country.
Deadly clashes between armed groups have forced 700,000 people to leave everything behind to escape the brutality.
Monsieur le Président,
Paris, 4 June 2018.
Subject: Paris Humanitarian Conference on Yemen
Dear President Macron,
We welcome French efforts to address the ongoing armed conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and your announcement during Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to Paris on 10 April that France would host an international humanitarian conference on Yemen in Paris in June.
*This news release has been updated to reflect two additional signatories, bringing the final number to 47.
Des millions de personnes touchées par la crise humanitaire en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) sont exposées à une aggravation de la faim et à une augmentation des maladies et des décès en raison d’un manque crucial de financement de la réponse humanitaire, alerte une coalition réunissant 20 ONG internationales à l’occasion de la conférence des bailleurs se réunissant ce jour à Genève.
Millions of people caught up in a humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo risk rising levels of hunger, death and disease due to a lack of aid funding, a coalition of humanitarian organisations warned ahead of a conference in Geneva today.
An outbreak of violence in Paoua.
Clashes in the Central African Republic have forced 60,000 people to leave everything behind to escape the fighting. The recent outbreak of violence in Paoua is between two armed groups; the RJ and the MNLC. UN reports suggest that elements of the RJ group have intentionally attacked and killed civilians from certain communities. The MNLC group are also responsible for the destruction of several villages in the north of Paoua, burning hundreds of homes and causing death and chaos in these areas.
We've just opened a new space for Syrian children in Jordan.
Our team has been supporting Syrian refugees and local host communities in Jordan since 2013.
We're all so excited to expand our work to another camp where we can support even more children and families.
There are almost 7,000 people living in Emirati Camp.
Among them are many children and families.
Our new space will host a range of activities.
Seventeen aid agencies working in Yemen are urging for the complete and unconditional opening of Hudaydah port to allow for the uninterrupted flow of food and fuel. A thirty-day concession period enabling the delivery of commercial supplies has brought only brief reprieve within the context of a sustained blockade on Yemen’s Red Sea Ports. Parties to Yemen’s conflict have a responsibility to minimise the impact of war on civilians in Yemen by mitigating all factors that exacerbate death and suffering, as over 8 million people are already on the verge of starvation.
We've just had some really exciting news from Yemen.
This week we were finally able to run our first food distribution. And it couldn't have gone better.
We were able to get urgent food packages to 317 families around Sana'a.
Each family now has enough food for the next month.
As the first international NGO registered in Yemen since the conflict started, it's great to see our emergency response in full swing with the next distribution taking place this Saturday.
About the food crisis in Yemen
UK arms trade with Saudi Arabia worth less than 50p for taxpayers, but brings in more than £6bn to arms dealers at the price of millions of lives in Yemen.
Today we have released a new report revealing that the revenues to the UK arms manufactures creating weapons sold to Saudi Arabia is double previous estimates.
The pitiful tax income from UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia sits at an estimated £30 million from corporation tax receipts and equates to less than 50p per head of the UK population towards public services.
INGOs in Yemen are calling on all actors to lift restrictions on Yemeni airspace and allow for the reopening of the country’s main airport, Sana’a International. The official closure of Sana’a airport, one-year ago today, effectively traps millions of Yemeni people and serves to prevent the free movement of commercial and humanitarian goods.
This week we launched an emergency appeal for the children of Yemen.
2 years of brutal war have left children and families in urgent need of food and water. A staggering 400,000 children are facing malnutrition.
Our team is on the ground getting food to children before it's too late.
But the team isn't handing out actual food items. Instead we're using a food vouchers system.
Each voucher helps a family buy enough food for 1 month. Typically, the food available includes wheat, vegetable oil, sugar, pulses and iodized salt.
We the undersigned organisations call upon UN Security Council members to take action to bring about an immediate ceasefire in Yemen, end the humanitarian crisis and support the UN Special Envoy's efforts towards an inclusive political solution to the conflict.