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Draft UNSC resolution on Yemen

Filed under: Donors, UN, Presidency, Transition, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 7:07 am on Saturday, October 15, 2011

Lets hope it has more impact than 1994’s UN SC resolutions 928 and 931 which Saleh totally ignored to the great detriment of Yemen and unity.

Draft SCR on Yemen
The Security Council,
Expressing grave concern at the situation in Yemen,
Recalling its Press Statements of 25 September, 9 August and 23 June,
Welcoming the Secretary-General’s statement of 23 September urging all sides to engage in a constructive manner to achieve a peaceful resolution to the current crisis,
Welcoming the engagement of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Secretary-General’s Good Offices,

Welcoming the Human Rights Council Resolution on Yemenduring the 18th Session,
Welcoming the statement by the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council on 24 September which called for the immediate signing by President Saleh and implementation of the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative, condemned the use of force against unarmed demonstrators and called for restraint and a commitment to a full and immediate ceasefire and the formation of a commission to investigate the events that led to the killing of innocent Yemeni people,

Echoing the call of the United Nations High Commissionerfor Human Rights in her report of 13 September 2011(A/HRC/18/21) for an independent and impartial investigations consistent with international standards into alleged human rights abuses and violations, her concernabout the excessive and disproportionate use of lethal force by the Yemeni state, and her call for Yemen to fully comply with its obligations under international human rights law,with a view to avoiding impunity and ensuring full accountability,

Expressing serious concern about the deteriorating economic,humanitarian, and security situation in Yemen due to the lack of progress on a political transition, and the potential for the further escalation of violence,
Recalling the Yemeni Government’s primary responsibility to protect its population,
Stressing that the best solution to the current crisis in Yemenis through an inclusive and Yemeni-led political process,which responds effectively to the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Yemeni people.

Noting the signing of the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative by opposition groups and regretting the lack of progress on the commitment by the President of Yemen to sign andimplement the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative;,
Reaffirming its support to the Presidential decree of 12 September which is designed to find a political agreement acceptable to all parties, including the holding of early elections,
Reaffirming its strong commitment to the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Yemen,
Mindful of its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security under the Charter of the United Nations,
1. Strongly condemns the continued human rights violations by the Yemeni authorities, such as the excessive use of forceagainst peaceful protestors and expresses profound regret at the deaths of hundreds of civilians, including women and children;
2. Expresses deep concern over allegations of arbitrary detentions and ill-treatment of detainees, including children;
3. Demands an immediate end to all violence by all sides;
4. Stresses that all those responsible for human rights violations and abuses should be held accountable;
5. Demands that the President of Yemen, those delegated or authorised to act on his behalf, immediately sign and implement a political transition on the basis of the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative, in order to achieve a peaceful transition of power, without preconditions;
6. Further demands that the Yemeni authorities immediately:
(a) ensure their actions comply with obligations applicable under applicable international humanitarian and human rights law;
(b) allow the people of Yemen to exercise their human rights and fundamental freedoms, including their rightsof peaceful assembly to demand redress of their grievances and freedom of expression, including members of the media, in accordance with the findings and recommendations of the of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights report of 13 Septemberand presentation of 19 September 2011;
(c) take action to end attacks against civilians and civilian targets by security forces;
7. Demands that all opposition movements commit to playing a full and constructive part in the agreement and implementation of a political transition on the basis of the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative and that all oppositionmovements refrain from violence, and cease the use of force to achieve political aims;
8. Further demands, that all armed groups remove all weapons from areas of peaceful demonstration, refrain from provocation, stop the unlawful recruitment of children, andurges all parties not to target vital infrastructure;
9. Requests the Secretary-General and his representativescontinue to urge the Yemeni authorities to implement paragraphs, 3, 4, 5 and 6 above, and encourages all states and regional organisations to contribute to this objective;
10. Requests the Secretary-General to report on implementation of this resolution within 15 days of its adoption and every 30 days thereafter;
11. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.
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