United Nations: UAE efforts have helped normalize life in Yemen

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Representatives of the United Nations organizations, the World Health Organization, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) praised the UAE’s active role in providing humanitarian assistance and development programs in the western coast of Yemen, which had a major role in the normalization of life , during a meeting that was attended by representatives of United Nations organizations, Mohammed Al Junaibi, Director of Humanitarian Affairs of the UAE Red Crescent in Yemen, on the West Coast , to discuss mechanisms of cooperation and partnership in humanitarian work along the West Coast.

Al-Junaibi presented complete information on the nature of projects carried out by the UAE through the UAE Red Crescent Authority in the West Coast, including the rehabilitation and furnishing of 47 schools, 24 fish landing centers, 22 health centers, 31 projects in the solar water sector, In the electricity sector and various community projects for capacity development and promotion, in order to raise the level of income of Yemeni citizens in different cities and villages of the West Coast, and help them to improve their living conditions.

Representatives of United Nations organizations praised and encouraged The ongoing efforts and activities of the UAE, including campaigns to combat cholera, malaria and other activities that have contributed to serving the Yemeni citizens along the West Coast.

The Yemeni people also expressed their gratitude to the UAE support and help in a major popular march Hundreds of Abyan children gathered in the streets of Zanzibar at the invitation of the “Youth Forum of the Governorate”, holding flags of the UAE, to express their appreciation and thanks for the humanitarian and military efforts they have made to strengthen security and stability and to confront the Houthis war.

Participants showed slogans supporting the UAE, And denouncing the desperate attempts to undermine the UAE efforts and its important role and contribution within the Arab alliance, explaining that the UAE was the first to respond to the fraternal appeal and call for help, and to provide assistance and support to Yemen.

The UAE Red Crescent Society continued to provide relief assistance to alleviate the suffering of poor and needy families in various liberated Yemeni governorates as part of the humanitarian emergency response.

Yemen praises UAE ‘s years of support

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Since the beginning of the Houthis war in Yemen 5 years ago, the UAE never stopped supporting the people and the government of Yemen in each and every possible way, from sending food and medicines convoys , organizing meals for Ramadan and clothe for eid, taking care of orphans ,martyr’s families and wounded people to building and restoring schools universities hospitals fishing centers ,power plants and clean water stations THE UAE people and government were always there for their Yemenis brothers.
And on multiple occasions, the Yemenis thank the UAE for their endless support and help and expressed their gratitude.
The General People’s Congress (GPC) Branch in Abyan Governorate held a conference a couple of days ago where The Deputy Chairman of the Conference Branch in Abyan Governorate Sheikh Ammar Al-Hanashi, member of the Standing Committee of the General People’s Congress, praised the
activities of the UAE Red Crescent and valued all the humanitarian activities of the UAE.
The Abu Dhabi Conference Branch praised the brothers in the UAE for all the humanitarian and service support of the citizens of Yemen, praising the generous support of the Emirati and spoke about the difficulties for such services and humanitarian work to be operated in a war zone,  especially that the Houthis militias backed by Iran have no respect for human life and
always stop humanitarian operations and loot aid convoys.
Not only the Yemeni people praised the UAE support, in a report published this week to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
(OCHA).
Thanked the UAE for the amazing humanitarian support and work, the report says that: The United Arab Emirates ranked first in the world as the largest donor country to the Yemeni people in 2019.
According to the UN report, the UAE’s assistance to the people of Yemen from 2015 to June 2019 was about $ 5.59 billion. Development aid, rehabilitation, and stabilization projects crossed $ 3.70 billion, The aid has been distributed to humanitarian, health, educational and construction sectors, benefiting about 17.2 million Yemenis distributed in 12 governorates. 11.2 million beneficiaries were children and 3.3 million were women, some 11.4 million.
Yemenis received medical treatment, as well as medicines, medical supplies, and rehabilitation of hospitals. 16.3 million Yemenis received food aid and 1.8 million children received educational support.

UN appeals Sana’a court to review 30 death sentences

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Houthis authorities in Yemen this week sentenced 30 men to death amid allegations that many were tortured during their three-year detention for political motives, the UN office said on Friday.
The office urged the Court of Appeal in the Sana’a capital, which is controlled by the Houthis to review the sentences and go for a fair trial.
The first specialized criminal court issued death sentences on Tuesday, said Rafina Shamdassani, spokeswoman for the Human Rights Office.
She added in a press statement that most of the 30 men are academics, students and politicians “associated with the reform party that criticizes the Huthis.” It was referring to the Islamic Reform Party, which is part of the Saudi-
backed government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
“At no stage did they have a suitable opportunity to present their defense,” she said.
Houthi officials have yet to respond to press request for comment.
According to Shamdassani, the men were arrested in 2016 and charged in April 2017 of belonging to an armed group planning attacks or assassinations targeting security personnel and members of the Huthi-related Popular Committees and providing information to the Yemeni government.
“There is a high probability that many of these charges are politically motivated, there are credible allegations of torture and ill-treatment, our teams have been able to talk to the detainee’s families,” she said.
“Any politically motivated charges and full compliance with international fair trial standards should be dropped,” she said.
In a statement this week, Amnesty International denounced what it described as a “mockery of justice” in a trial in which the 30 men faced “fabricated charges, including spying for the Saudi-led coalition.”
The London-based organization said one of the detainees,
Yusuf al-Bawab, a linguist and political figure who was held
in solitary confinement, was reportedly tortured and
deprived of legal advice and medical care.

UN: $ 400 million for projects in Yemen

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The United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Agency (OCHA) has implemented support projects in all governorates of Yemen worth the US $ 400 million.
This came during a meeting with the Director of the Office of OCHA in Yemen, “Sebastian Treif,” on Tuesday, with the Minister of Local Administration Abdulraqib Fatah, in the capital Aden Aden, in the presence of the Coordinator of the General Relief Jamal Balfakih.
Tarif said his organization would carry out livelihood support projects in all Yemeni governorates without exception, worth the US $ 400 million.
He added that the organization is opening offices in Taiz (southwest), Marib (east), Mukalla (southeast) and applying the principle of decentralization, to facilitate the work of organizations in all governorates.
For his part, he stressed 0n the importance of the future programs and projects of the UN organizations in all governorates without exception.
He called for the need to coordinate with the relevant authorities in the government in the implementation of humanitarian interventions in Yemen, is the internationally recognized legitimate government.
He pointed out that dealing with any “militias” in this context is contrary to international law, referring to Ansar Allah “Houthis”.
Preliminary visions were put in place to complete the implementation of the principle of decentralization of relief work by opening key offices with expanded authorities in Mukalla, Taiz, and Marib to ensure the rapid delivery of aid to the beneficiaries.
Since March 2015, a Saudi-led Arab military alliance has supported government forces in the face of the Houthis militias in a war that has left a severe humanitarian crisis, the worst in the world, according to a former UN report.

Griffith is visiting Washington to discuss the situation in Yemen

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The UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffith, announced Tuesday that he is visiting Washington to discuss the situation in Yemen.
“He is in Washington for two days, meeting with US officials to discuss the situation in Yemen,” Griffith’s office said in a tweet through his Twitter account.
“Griffith relies on the support of the United States of America, to push forward the peace process and put an end to the conflict in Yemen,” he said.
The UN envoy’s visit comes as part of a tour to push forward the faltering peace process in Yemen. Griffith’s tour included Moscow, the United Arab Emirates, and Muscat, where he met with leaders of the Houthis.
During his visit, Griffith discussed the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement signed several months ago between the Yemeni government and the Houthis, focusing on the ports of Hodeidah (west).
On December 13, 2018, the Yemeni government and the Houthis, following consultations in the Swedish capital Stockholm, reached an agreement on resolving the situation in the coastal province of Hodeidah (west), in addition to the exchange of prisoners and detainees on both sides, more than 15,000.
The implementation of the agreement is hampered by a discrepancy between the signatories in interpreting a number of its clauses.
For the fifth year in a row, Yemen is witnessing a war between pro-government forces and Houthi militias backed by Iran and controlling many provinces, including the capital Sanaa since September 2014.

UN warns of cholera outbreak in Yemen again

Yemen: 63 cases of cholera epidemic in Taiz in half a year
The United Nations on Monday warned of the return of a cholera epidemic in Yemen.
Said: “Farhan Haq,” deputy spokesman of the Secretary-General of the International Organization.
“The number of potential cases of cholera in Yemen reached more than 460,000 this year, compared with 380,000 in the same period last year,” Haq told a news conference.
“So far 705 cases of cholera have been reported, compared to 75 in the same period last year,” he said.
“Recent floods have accelerated the spread of the epidemic across the country, exacerbated by poor maintenance of waste management systems and the lack of clean water for drinking or irrigation,” he said.
The spokesman said that the United Nations and its partners were running some 1,200 cholera treatment facilities. To achieve concrete results in this context.
However, he stressed that the funding crisis continues to impede the achievement of tangible results in this context.
“Yemen’s humanitarian response plan requires $ 4.2 billion to provide assistance to more than 20 million people this year,” he said.
He added that only 32% of that amount was saved. Cholera is an epidemic that causes severe diarrhea and can kill patients within hours, especially children.
Yemen’s health sector is suffering from a severe deterioration from the five-year-old Houthi war, as well as various sectors and services.

Houthis Militia: Looting and Disruption of Relief Aid

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Al-Houthi’s violations of the right to relief aid and workers have characterized the seizure of cargo, the passage of food and medical carriers, the bombing of UN warehouses, especially in the province of Hodeidah, incineration of people and the denial of access to or detention of those in need.
The Yemeni government has identified in a report the violations committed by the militias against the relief work, where they are holding the trucks loaded with aid and killing some of its drivers, in addition to attacking the field
teams of the international organizations and preventing them from carrying out their humanitarian aid and work In a number of provinces, detaining staff of UN agencies and organizations and preventing them from reaching the
provinces to learn about the humanitarian situation and carry out their humanitarian tasks.
The Houthis militia do not only put obstacles in the way of humanitarian organizations and field teams but also stole large quantities of relief supplies and uses another part in favor of its war against Yemenis and stopped the transfer of wheat, huge quantities that are enough to feed more than
three million Yemenis, preventing 120 international staff from reaching WFP warehouses in Hodeidah, which contains 51,000 tons of aid, and 20 staff of the French Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development, WFP’s
partner in the implementation of relief.
Four provinces topped the list of violations by the Houthi militia for humanitarian work, mainly Hodeidah governorate, Hajjah governorate, Ibb governorate, and Sana’a governorate. Finally, Saada province was the main
stronghold of the Huthi militia. The most prominent violations were relief and prevention of aid and the killing and detention of truck drivers. The bombing of warehouses of UN organizations, the burning of other stores and trucks, the blocking of international delegations from reaching the provinces and the prevention of field teams of humanitarian agencies from carrying out projects and manipulating the names of beneficiaries eligible for aid and the seizure of relief aid and the transfer of part of this aid to the war effort and the sale of some on the black market.

In response to the Swedish agreement on the withdrawal from the ports of Hodeidah and the truce agreement there, the militia closed the roads linking the provinces to the passage of trucks carrying relief aid and hindered the
unloading of ships loaded with aid in the ports of Hodeidah and Salaf. Also targeting a number of relief vessels in the port of Hodeidah And the establishment of local organizations run by leaders of the Houthi militia.

Yemeni minister calls on the international community to put pressure on the “Houthis”

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The government’s report confirmed the support of the efforts of the United Nations and its Special Envoy Griffith to reach a political and peaceful solution,” said Mohammed Askar, human rights minister in the government of
President Hadi.
He called on the Human Rights Council to “support the government’s efforts for peace and put pressure on the Houthi militia to accept peace and the immediate implementation of Sweden’s agreement terms and accept the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions, particularly resolution 2216.”
“The Yemeni government is keen to deal positively with all that and will maintain and promote human rights.”
“The report stressed that the Yemeni government will work to achieve the rights of the transitional phase despite the challenges faced by the coup Houthi militias on constitutional legitimacy in September 2014, and the
resulting repercussions at all levels of political life, economic, social and humanitarian as well.
“The most important thing the government will do at the legal level is to urge the House of Representatives to discuss and approve draft laws on human rights, including the minimum age for marriage, and other draft laws on
Yemen’s accession to the Protocol against Torture and the Anti-Human Trafficking Protocol For the purpose of protecting and safeguarding human rights “.
“The outcome of the national dialogue conference represented a road map to complete the process of change in Yemen,” he said. Accusing the “Al-Houthi coup” militias of the responsibility to impede the process of political transition and the introduction of the country in a real disaster that the Yemeni people still suffer from.
He reiterated the government’s keenness to end the coup, achieve peace and stability throughout the country, return the constitutional legitimacy, implement the outcomes of the national dialogue conference, maintain security and counter-terrorism activities, acts of sabotage and outlaws

that threaten the security of the country and citizens.
Which is torn apart by the coup, and to meet the needs of fleeing people, refugees and illegal immigrants who are growing daily and in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

Griffith praises UAE support for peace process in Yemen

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UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffith on Tuesday called for the UAE’s commitment and support for the peace process in Yemen.
The meeting discussed the current developments, especially the Houthi provocations repeated and discussed ways to move forward in the political solution within a clear UN program.
From his official Twitter account, Griffith said he met with UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash and UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashimi to
discuss moving ahead with the peace process in Yemen. And the steps needed to implement the Stockholm Convention.
“The commitment and support of the UAE encourage us to continue our efforts,” he said. In turn, Dr. Anwar Gargash said that the Arab Alliance seeks a sustainable solution that enhances security and stability in the region through a capable Yemeni state and solid constitutional institutions.
He stressed the need to implement the terms of the Stockholm agreement and the importance of pressure by the international community to implement the obligations contained in the agreement and condemn the systematic
violations are done by the Houthi in this period.
Griffith began his new tour of Saudi Arabia by meeting Yemeni and Saudi officials. Last Wednesday, the Yemeni presidency announced the resumption of full cooperation with Griffith after a break that lasted about two months, after the commitment of the United Nations to work neutrally in the Hodeidah case.
Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen Saleh affirmed that the legitimacy and directives of President Abdurbo Mansour Hadi will work positively with Griffith to bring the peace process back on track, in accordance with the three terms
of reference and the essence and spirit of the Swedish agreement.
The Yemeni vice president also stressed the government’s keenness on peace and its commitment to the full implementation of the Swedish agreement, especially with regard to the withdrawal of the Huthi militia from the ports
and the city of Hodeidah and the completion of the file of prisoners and detainees.
“The legitimate government is the sole representative of the Yemeni people and the positive relationship with them is the key to resolving the crisis and resuming the peace process,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a letter.

Yemen refuses to renegotiate Stockholm agreement

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The Yemeni government confirmed on Sunday its refusal to renegotiate the Stockholm agreement and reiterated its commitment to the withdrawal of the Huthi militia from the province of Hodeidah and its ports in order to properly
implement the agreement that has been in effect for more than half a year.
During a meeting with British Ambassador to Yemen Fiona Walker, Yemeni Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad al- Hadrami called for the activation of the role of the Coordination Committee for the redeployment in Hodeidah, including the tripartite monitoring mechanism.
He stressed the need for a real and complete withdrawal of the Huthi militias from the city and ports of Hodeidah, Salif and Ras Issa. He noted that the Government would re-engage positively with the efforts of UN Envoy Martin Griffith to bring the peace process back on track, in accordance with the three
terms of reference and the essence and spirit of the Sweden Agreement.
He said that this does not mean accepting the actions of the Huthis of the so-called “unilateral withdrawal”, and that the government’s approach will focus on re-routing and correcting the peace process according to what was agreed
upon.
Hadrami stressed that it is important that the United Nations mandate be implemented in connection with the implementation of the Hodeidah Agreement. “The mandate of the UNSCOM and the UN mission to implement the Hodeidah agreement does not include a renegotiation of the Stockholm agreement by the United Nations, but rather an implementation of what has been agreed upon – the withdrawal of the Huthis from the city and ports of Hodeidah.”
The Yemeni official stressed the importance of understanding the fact that the failure to expose the obstruction of the Houthis to the agreement during the process of UN mediation, does not help the UN envoy, but make it a more difficult task.