GENEVA, 2nd October 2015 (WAM) — The United Nations Human Rights Council has unanimously approved a resolution presented by Saudi Arabia on behalf on the Arab Group about technical assistance and capacity-building for Yemen in the field of human rights.

The Human Rights Council vote by consensus calls for Yemen to receive “technical assistance” on improving human rights. It welcomed Yemen’s national independent commission of inquiry which is investigating all previous human rights violations as well as violations since September 2014, in accordance with the relevant Human Rights Council resolutions.

It welcomes the acceptance by Yemeni political parties to complete the political transition process on the basis of the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative and its implementation mechanism, and emphasizing the need for the implementation of the recommendations made in the outcome document of the National Dialogue Conference, and to complete the drafting of a new Constitution.

The new resolution calls upon all parties in Yemen to implement fully the U.N. Security Council resolution 2216 (2015), which will contribute to an improvement in the situation of human rights and which contains specific concerns and places particular demands on the Houthi militia and ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s militia to release political prisoners and journalists and to engage in the political process in an inclusive, peaceful and democratic way.

It also demands that armed groups end the recruitment and use of children and release those who have already been recruited, and calls upon all parties to cooperate with the United Nations for their reintegration into their communities, taking into consideration the relevant recommendations made by the UN Secretary-General in his report on children and armed conflict.

The resolution calls upon the Yemeni government to take measures to protect civilians, and to take appropriate measures to ensure the effective investigation into all cases of violations and abuse of human rights and of violations of international humanitarian law, including cases of violence against journalists and the detention of journalists and political activists.

The new resolution expresses deep concern at the serious abuse and violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in Yemen through the use of armed force by Saleh and Houthi militias against the Government to achieve political goals, the continued recruitment of children contrary to international treaties, the abduction of political activists, the arrest of journalists, the killing of civilians, the prevention of access by relief and humanitarian aid, the cutting of electricity and water supplies and the attacks against hospitals and ambulances.

The Saudi-led proposal calls upon all parties in Yemen to respect their obligations under international human rights law and international humanitarian law and to ensure humanitarian access to the affected population It reiterates the commitments and obligations of the Government of Yemen to promote and protect the human rights of all individuals within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction, and in that connection recalls that Yemen is a party to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Optional Protocols on the involvement of children in armed conflict and on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography thereto, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and looks forward to the Government continuing its efforts to promote and protect human rights.

The new resolution asks the Office of the High Commissioner (the U.N. human rights chief) to present to the Human Rights Council, at its thirty-third session, a progress report on the situation of human rights in Yemen, and on the follow-up to the present resolution and to previous relevant Council resolutions.

The resolution also welcomes the results of the meeting of Yemeni political parties in Riyadh on 17th May 2015 to find a political solution of the conflict in Yemen on the basis of the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative, the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference and Security Council resolution 2216 (2015), and the efforts of the U.N. Secretary-General and of his Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

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