Item 10: ID on the Report of the HC on Yemen

Item 10: ID on the Report of the High Commissioner on Yemen. Statement by First Secretary Sean Lobo, 25 September 2018.

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Mr. President,
Norway is deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Yemen. A large part of the population is dependent on humanitarian assistance – and as much as 8.4 million are at risk of starvation. The country is facing a continuing and unprecedented cholera epidemic. At the same time, there are significant challenges in getting in the necessary supplies, such as food and medication. It is crucial to provide humanitarian access to the affected people nationwide and continued support by the international community.

The recent escalation on the ground and reported attacks against civilians are of great concern. We urge all parties to the conflict to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and to ensure that civilians do not become targets.

We acknowledge the work carried out by the Yemen National Commission of Inquiry and the challenging environment under which the Commission operates.

There is a need to investigate all alleged violations of international humanitarian law and human rights in an effective, impartial and independent manner, in accordance with international standards, with an aim to end impunity.

In this regard, Norway stresses the importance of the work of the Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts, and what it has achieved over the past year. It is vital that this Group continues its work, and that its mandate is renewed for a further period of one year.

Finally, Norway would like to stress that only an inclusive, negotiated political settlement can end the current conflict in Yemen. We urge all parties to support the efforts of UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths to revive the political process.