| 23 October 2021, Saturday |

Arab consensus on Yemen .. When will it be Lebanon’s turn?

The Saudi and Emarati historic victory in Yemen, was represented during the past few hours, by the fall of the European project on this country in the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, as the Council voted by a majority of its members, in favor of rejecting the Group of Eminent Experts In Yemen’s mendate renewal, and the renewed support for the mandate of the National Committee to investigate all parties.
The result, which disappointed the hopes of Houthi terroristgroup in Sanaa, is the outcome of a joint diplomatic effort between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, that took place in this global human rights forum’s corridors, and accordingly, the abusive and politicized reports are gone, and the unprofessional work carried out by that committee, is now forgotten, because it harmed Yemen and its citizens’ interests, as it equated the executioner with the victim, and condoned the crimes of an armed gang that took Yemen and its people hostage to a foreign and obscurantist agenda over the past years.
The countries that voted for the rejection decision’s firm conviction raises the full support for the efforts of the Arab coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen led by Saudi Arabia, and the ability of the UAE to translate international positions to bring peace to this afflicted Arab country, and the Human Rights Council’s countries, have agreed to end the mandate of its investigators, who found that the militia committed acts that may amount to war crimes, but were indiffernt to them. The National Committee to Investigate Allegations of Human Rights Violations also revealed that Al-Houthi topped the list of violations in Yemen, with an average of 3,000 documented and known violations.
The decision of not to extend to the group of experts, manifests the tangible success of Arab diplomacy, and it is known to the observer and follower of this committee’s work, that the team’s reports were completely biased in favor of the Houthi terrorist militia, and what happened was a promising start to change the course of the political and humanitarian situation in Yemen.
The unprecedented decision opens the door wide for the new United Nations envoy to Yemen, to actively practice his work, which meets a comprehensive peace plan, that includes the implementation of international resolutions, and confronting the intransigence of the Houthis and those who support them, as they reject the ceasefire in Yemen, and even refuse to receive the envoy himself in occupied Sanaa.
What exposes the falsity of of that team’s reports, and its wrong approach, is the extent of the Houthi anger at the mechanism of the work of the group of experts, as the the Houthis were satisfied, and felt immune from punishment and international and UN sanctions, under the pretext of the term “conflicting parties” that was used several times, and the Houthi project served to increase the pace of the Houthi project of unjustified attacks on Yemeni civilians and neighboring countries.
The entrance to dealing with the serious humanitarian crisis in Yemen, can be launched by the economic and humanitarian challenges, and the role that counts on the United Nations in contributing effectively to supporting the efforts of the legitimate Yemeni government, and by addressing the economic situation, and what this requires of mobilizing regional and international support, and the importance of strengthening the Yemeni state institutions, and supporting the process for development in all governorates. This positive decision comes from Geneva, as a real Arab solidarity, signed by the UAE and Saudi Arabia, so that Yemen can restore its health, and its citizens enjoy a decent life, away from extremist ideology represented by Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi and those around him.