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HRC 46th Session - On behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries, Denmark expresses deep concern over human rights violations in Yemen

UN Human Rights Council
46th Session

Interactive Dialogue with the Group of Eminent Experts of Yemen, 
25 February 2021

Intervention by Denmark on behalf of NB8
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Mme. President,


I have the honor of giving this statement on behalf of the Nordic and Baltic countries: Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and my own country Denmark. 


We wish to thank the GEE for its work and for the oral update.  


We are deeply concerned at the serious violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law disclosed by GEE’s continued documentation, and by their devastating effect. All parties to the conflict have an obligation to respect international humanitarian and human rights law, and ensure safe humanitarian access, and we urge them to uphold that obligation. 


Our countries supported the establishment of the GEE, and will continue to support its mandate and work. 


We also support UN Special Envoy Griffiths and we call on all parties to engage with the UN in its efforts for a nationwide ceasefire and political process. Only an inclusive political process, with full participation of women and youth, can resolve the conflict and bring sustainable peace to Yemen.


In your view, which further steps can the Council take to contribute to sustainable peace and to improve the human rights situation in Yemen?


Thank you.