The UN Security Council has imposed an arms embargo on Yemen's Houthi movement following recent drone and missile attacks on the Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
The Emirati-proposed measure, an expansion of targeted sanctions on Houthi leaders, was adopted by 11 votes, including all five permanent council members, while four non-permanent members - Ireland, Mexico, Norway and Brazil - abstained.
Ireland's deputy permanent representative, Jim Kelly, called for a "politically negotiated solution" and condemned Houthi cross-border attacks but cautioned the council over the use of the word "terrorist" to refer to the Houthis. This, he said, may have "unintended consequences for Yemenis living under Houthi control by hindering the work of humanitarian agencies". Representatives of the three other abstaining countries also adopted this view, which is held by such agencies.
Russia, reportedly, did not use its permanent member's veto in exchange for Emirati abstention on an earlier council resolution deploring Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
Russia also closely coordinates oil pricing policy with Saudi Arabia, the Emirates' partner in the seven-year war to restore Yemeni president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who was ousted and exiled in 2015 by the Houthis.
While Emirati representative Lana Zaki Nusseibeh said the embargo "aims to limit the capacity of the Houthis [to fight] and to stem escalation of the war", the measure is unlikely to curtail arms supplies to the rebels. They acquire weapons from the international black market and Iran.
By contrast, Saudi Arabia and the Emirates enjoy enormous arms supplies from the US and Britain.
The UN embargo was adopted a week after the US treasury department issued fresh sanctions on financiers who have "transferred tens of millions of dollars" to support Houthi attacks on the Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
In response to a three-month offensive by Saudi- and Emirati-backed Yemeni militias, the Houthis launched several drone and missile attacks on Saudi targets and conducted three strikes on the Emirates.
Yemen remains the world's largest humanitarian crisis with half its population of 30 million people unable to access food.
The UN reports that 377,000 people have been killed and four million displaced. Funding for aid for last year was only 58.2 per cent of requirements, forcing major cuts in rations and health services.
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Copyright The Irish Times DAC Mar 2, 2022
Join us for an evening of live music, Yemeni food, poetry, and talks ahead of our protest on the 6th anniversary of the war on Yemen
Line up include:
- Markas Carcas & The Trail Gang
- The Resistance Choir
- Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin
- Luke Barnett
- Calvin James (DJ set)
IRISH ANTI WAR MOVEMENT (IAWM) PRESS RELEASE 01 MARCH 2022
• STOP THE WAR ON YEMEN – LIFT THE SIEGE NOW
The Irish Anti War Movement (IAWM) will hold a briefing on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen on Tuesday March 1st at 11am in the Oireachtas AV room.
If there are journalists or media in the Dáil at this time you are invited to attend.
Since 2015 a brutal war has been prosecuted on the Yemini people by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Tens of thousands of Yemeni men, women and children have been killed or maimed by bombs and bullets all supplied by the US, British and EU Governments. A school bus full of children, wedding parties, markets and funerals have been targeted by Saudi and UAE air strikes with horrendous consequences.
Saudi Arabia has also enforced a blockade thus preventing vital aid reaching the over 80% of the Yemeni population that depends on it.
• Enforced malnutrition is being used as a weapon of war and is now causing most of the deaths.
• Every ten minutes a Yemeni child under the age of five dies due to the cruel blockade.
• 400,000 Yemeni children are at risk of dying according to the director of the UN World Food Programme.
• 11 million children need aid in the world’s worst humanitarian disaster in our lifetime.
• The UN estimates that 50% of health-care facilities have shut down in a conflict that has displaced more than 3.6 million people, over 80% of which are women and children.
The Irish government and Minister Simon Coveney are in a position to speak up for the Yemeni people and use Ireland’s seat at the UN Security Council to call for an end to this brutal war, for the facilitation of a meaningful peace process and for a massive humanitarian aid programme.
The IAWM believes that TDs may not know the full facts or the scale of the crisis and wish to invite TDs and Senators from all parties to attend this briefing by experts.
Dr Mouna Hashem is a Senior Evaluation Consultant & Researcher. She has worked extensively in Yemen conducting evaluations for a wide range of international organizations and bilateral agencies such as the UN agencies, the World Bank, DFID and USAID.
Dr Hashem has also served as a senior researcher and principal investigator of UN global policy research studies, including being on the ILO global research team that conceptualized the theory of social exclusion as it relates to developing countries; and more recently conducted the UNICEF global study of Out-of-School Children in Yemen.
Abdulaziz Almoayyad is a Saudi activist living in Ireland and a founding member of the Saudi Diaspora Association.
Jim Roche, PRO Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6472737
Sara O Rourke, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 6024821
Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 124 9456
Marnie Holborrow, Member, Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 087 9889244
Michael Youlton, Chair Steering Committee, IAWM, Tel. 086 8159487
Since 2015, the conflict between the Saudi and UAE-led coalition and the Houthi armed group has resulted in abuses and laws of war violations that have killed and injured thousands of civilians, and sparked the world’s worst humanitarian crisis .
Some delegations fear failure. Creating the IIIM wasn’t easy but the efforts were successful. The Saudis and Emiratis will fight hard to prevent such a mechanism from seeing the light of day. But their joint statement backed by some two dozen states hardly represents an insurmountable obstacle at the General Assembly. And even if a push for a new mechanism fails, the people of Yemen will be no worse off than they are today.
We owe it to the people of Yemen to try.
For seven years our countries have either actively supported or stood by in silence while the forgotten people of Yemen have endured and are still enduring unbearable suffering, their lives and their country being destroyed by a brutal war. Yemen is undergoing one of the largest humanitarian disasters in our time. Eighty percent of the population, or 24 million people, rely on aid and protection assistance, including 14.3 million who are in acute need. Children are dying on a daily basis from bombing or starvation - a recent report on RTE News claimed that 10,000 children had died in the war so far. The UN reports that more than two million children are malnourished, with one in two now suffering from stunted mental and physical growth because of food shortages.
There is still hope if the war stops now as a new UN Development Report (UNDP) notes: "War torn Yemen is among the poorest countries in the world, but recovery is possible if the conflict ends now." [Yemen recovery possible if war stops now: UNDP report | | UN News]
And yet, Saudi Arabia continues to bomb Yemen ruthlessly in a proxy war for regional supremacy.
It is projected that 1.3 million lives will be lost if the war continues through 2030. Many of those deaths will not be due to fighting, but to the impacts of war on livelihoods, food prices, and the deterioration of health, education, and basic services. We cannot let this happen on our watch.
That is why it is urgent for us to ACT NOW, to do whatever we can to bring this war to an end as quickly as possible. Therefore, the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) is hosting a meeting of activists at 5.30pm on the 7th of December to organise a new campaign to End the War in Yemen.If you would like to be involved in or support this campaign, we urge you to attend or to send a representative of your group to this meeting.
We sincerely hope we can work together on a number of events that both raise awareness of and call for an immediate end to this horrific futile war.
The meeting details are included below.
Steering Committee, IAWM
The Irish Anti-War Movement is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: End The War In Yemen. Time: Dec 7, 2021 05:30 PM Dublin
Contact person: Abdulaziz Almoayyad
Phone:00 353 83 4236662
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 891 6518 7374
Thanks and best regards
War-torn Yemen is among the poorest countries in the world, but recovery is possible if the conflict ends now, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said in a report published on Tuesday.
Yemen has been mired in seven years of fighting between a pro-Government Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels, generating the world’s worst humanitarian and development crisis and leaving the country teetering on the brink of famine. The report sends a hopeful message that all is not lost, arguing that its extreme poverty could be eradicated within a generation, or by 2047, if the fighting ceases.