International Community Could Play Major Role In Bringing Peace To Yemen

The Guardian: Have world leaders really got the will to bring peace to Yemen?
Radhya al-Mutawakel, chair and co-founder of Mwatana Organization For Human Rights

“…The need to remind everyone that what we are witnessing [in Yemen] is manmade, and not a natural disaster, is constant. … Since 2014, my organization, Mwatana for Human Rights, has documented hundreds of incidents where lives have been lost or violated and civilian infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed … What is really sad about the violations in Yemen is that they are preventable. They occur because the parties don’t care. The total lack of accountability, not only to their own but also to the outside world, empowers them to feel as though they can do whatever they want. The last U.N. Resolution on Yemen was adopted by the Security Council in December; it too suggested that the way to maintain peace is through accountability on all sides. … States should not just act as humanitarian organizations, as they have the ability to do so much more. Yemen can be a success story. It offers a chance for the international community to demonstrate that, by working together, it can end a disaster anywhere in the world. If we lose this opportunity, the conflict will not only continue but is likely to get worse…” (2/16).

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