Shadi Alwan

SEP. 23, 2019

The Independent Southern Group (SIG) held an important meeting with Mr. Mohamed Nsour, Director of the Middle East and North Africa file at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday 18 September 2019 at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

During the meeting, representatives of the Southern Independent Group briefed the Office of the High Commissioner on the latest developments in Yemen in general and the South in particular. In their speech, they talked about the service situation in the liberated areas and the failure of the Yemeni government to provide the most basic elements of life to citizens, in an attempt to subjugate the southern people who refuse those.

Corrupted government kidnapped by the Islah Brotherhood, but that the government delays the payment of salaries for employees of government institutions and the suspension of financial funds for the operation and fuel services on power plants and water and other service institutions in most governorates Representatives of the independent Southern Group told the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) that this corrupt government is exercising a policy of collective punishment prohibited in international law against the southern people.

They also touched on recent events in Shabwa, Abyan and Aden, indicating that multiple militias, some of the tribal militias or the so-called National Army, others terrorist elements belonging to al-Qaeda, ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other extremist ideological groups, launched from the northern governorates of Marib, al-Jawf, and al-Bayda.

Innocent people in Shabwa and Abyan governorates and even the southern capital Aden, as the representatives of the Southern Independent Group clarified the role of the Shabwani elite forces in the consolidation of security and combat and track down al-Qaeda in Shabwa before the recent events, which is represented by Ersa The legitimacy government of Marib and al-Jawf tribe forces involved with the terrorist groups of the administration of the security file in Shabwa and caused a major failure and led to a large security infiltration in most of the cities of Shabwa and the return of al-Qaeda symbols to it after the Shabwani elite forces were just around the corner from their final elimination. The Independent Commission held other meetings with the Yemeni official in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to brief them on the latest developments in the humanitarian and human rights situation in Yemen in general and the south in particular.