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Doha calls for an end to Yemen’s devastating humanitarian crisis

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The UN High Commissioner’s Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Yemen highlights the need for a political solution to end violations in the war-torn country.

Qatar has called on all Yemeni parties to give priority to the political solution in a bid to achieve national reconciliation, during comments made at the 45th session of the Human Rights Council. 

Talal Al Naama, Second Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Qatar to the United Nations Office in Geneva, welcomed the High Commissioner’s report on the Situation of Human Rights in Yemen. 

“We condemn all human rights violations and crimes committed against the Yemeni people, and we stress the importance of stopping the fighting and stopping interference by all countries without exception,” said Al Naama at the Interactive Dialogue on the report. 

With the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the ongoing famine and cholera outbreaks, the Yemeni people are more in need of a political solution that will bring an end to the war and the humanitarian crisis. 

Read more: Qatar provides shelter for displaced families in war-torn Yemen

In its statement, Qatar stressed the importance of not politicising humanitarian aid and using it as a weapon in the ongoing conflict and said efforts to alleviate the human suffering of Yemenis must increase.

All those responsible for violations and crimes committed in Yemen must be held to account, the statement added.

Described by the United Nations as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the Yemen war has been ongoing for over six years and has pitted the internationally-recognised government – backed by the Saudi-led coalition – against Houthi rebels.

With casualties on all sides, the war has disproportionately affected the Yemeni people, with over 100,000 civilians killed. 


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