Shadi Alwan

SEP. 17, 2019

Representatives of the Southern Independent Group participating in the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council held an important meeting with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) at the organization's headquarters in the United Nations compound in Geneva on Tuesday, 17 September 2019.

During the meeting, representatives of the independent southern group briefed the International Red Cross on the latest developments in Yemen in general and the south in particular.

ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other extremist ideological groups set out from the northern governorates of Marib, al-Jawf, and al-Bayda, and committed large-scale crimes and abuses against innocent people in Shabwa and Abyan governorates. Some of them have not yet been recovered.

The delegates also talked about the services situation in the liberated areas and the failure of the Yemeni government to provide the basic elements of life for the citizens. In an attempt to subjugate the southern people rejecting that corrupt government and kidnapped by the Muslim Brotherhood, representatives of the independent southern group told the International Red Cross that this corrupt government is practicing a policy of collective punishment against the southern people.

The international organizations, through the Red Cross, to shoulder their humanitarian responsibilities towards the people of the South, discussed that international law states that the policy of collective punishment is prohibited according to Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. For its part, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) expressed its understanding of these demands and expressed their interest in the difficult humanitarian situation in Yemen. Nasr Obeid and a. After the meeting, Ms.

Victoria introduced the group to Mr. Francois, who will move to Aden as Director of the International Red Cross Office. The Southern Group agreed with Mr. François to continue to communicate about the general situation in Aden. For his part, the Director of the International Red Cross Office in Aden confirmed that he would continue to communicate with the group in this regard.