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Human Rights Council Unanimously Approves Arab Decision to Support Yemeni National Mechanisms

Human Rights Council Unanimously Approves Arab Decision to Support Yemeni National Mechanisms

Saturday, 28 September, 2019 - 14:15

The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted Friday the Arab draft resolution in support of the Yemeni national mechanisms in the field of human rights, following a unanimous vote on the resolution.

“I thank the Arab Group for its cooperation in preparing the text of the draft resolution we are discussing today (Friday) and presented by Ambassador of Iraq on behalf of the Arab Group,” Yemeni Human Rights Minister Mohammed Askar said in his speech at the Human Rights Council.

The complex circumstances Yemen is currently facing require the Human Rights Council and the international community to provide support to enable the government to fulfill its human rights obligations, Askar noted.

He pointed to the Yemeni government’s readiness to cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Human Rights Council to promote and protect human rights in Yemen.

Askar also said the government is interested in investigating all violations and abuses in the field of human rights and international humanitarian law and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

The National Commission of Inquiry has been established for this purpose, he said, adding that it is carrying out its work successfully.

The Yemeni minister affirmed his government's positive approach to the draft resolution entitled “Technical Assistance and Capacity Building for Yemen in the Field of Human Rights,” contained in document A - HRC - 42 - L12 under article 10.

He renewed Yemen’s gratitude to the Arab Group and to all delegations for their cooperation and for their continued support to Yemen.

“We hope this draft resolution receives full support from the Human Rights Council.”

Regarding their upcoming actions after passing the Arab resolution, Askar told Asharq Al-Awsat that they will continue their movements in the Human Rights Council to support the Yemeni cause in light of the Houthi and Iranian crimes in the war-torn country.

He said the government has met with the President of the Human Rights Council, hoping to receive further response from the international community.

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