Geneva - The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor condemned the obstruction of the work of international relief organizations in Yemen, warning of consequences on civilians who are subjected to a deteriorating humanitarian situation following the armed conflict that has been going on for six years in the country.
The international rights organization said that these measures increase human suffering in Yemen, with some 3.3 million people still suffering from difficulties in having safe places, as well as nearly two-thirds of Yemen's population of 24.1 million people in need for humanitarian assistance, according to UN estimates. The crisis in Yemen is described as the worst in the world.
The Geneva-based organization pointed to the UN World Food Program (WFP) statement after it was prevented from delivering food aid to the most starving people in Yemen and to the manipulation of aid in areas under the control of the Houthi group. The organization also pointed out to David Beasley's warning, the director of WFP, at the UN Security Council on Monday that food aid to Yemen could be suspended gradually this week as a result of using aid for non-earmarked purposes, as well as due to the lack of independent work in areas controlled by the Houthi group.
The Euro-Med warned of the worsening humanitarian crisis in Yemen following measures to prevent aid, causing a possible humanitarian for civilians, which violates the Fourth Geneva Convention on the protection of civilians.
The organization noted that the thousands of cases documented by the international community of children, women and men living in dire humanitarian situations, most of whom are suffering from extreme poverty and hunger in the besieged areas, stressing that the humanitarian crisis in the country should not be allowed to deteriorate. This requires international intervention by all parties to the conflict; to ensure that relief organizations are allowed to provide their assistance to civilians in Yemen fully and without restrictions.
Yemen has been embroiled in a dispute between rebels from the Houthi group and forces loyal to the internationally recognized government of Yemen. The conflict escalated with the intervention of a Saudi-led military alliance in March 2015 to support the government. The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people, including many civilians.
The Euro-Med warned in its statement of the obstacles placed in the way of humanitarian aid to civilians, adding that it will increase their suffering and deprive them of their basic needs amid the ongoing conflict in the country, which requires procedures to ensure the delivery of aid to the most needy groups and to stop harassing relief teams while delivering its work.
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor urged the parties to the conflict to abide by the laws of war to facilitate the delivery of aid to civilians and to prevent the aggravation of the humanitarian crisis by facilitating the rapid passage of aid and to stop intervening in an arbitrary manner in the delivery of aid to guarantee the freedom of movement of humanitarian workers.
The organization called on all parties to the conflict in Yemen to allow relief organizations to carry out their work, taking into account the grave humanitarian situation facing the country's civilians and their urgent need for humanitarian assistance, calling for reaching a political solution to the conflict, so as to avoid the humanitarian risks that may push the population to starvation in Yemen.