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Neglect of Human Rights, particularly for the Disabled, in the Yemen

By Khalil Ahmed

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An Amnesty International report released on December 3, 2019 has highlighted worsening human rights abuse and deteriorating humanitarian crisis. According to the report, the crisis is at its height and has been accelerated by the continued Yemeni War. Disabled citizens, whose concerns seem neglected, are the worst hit. This is the 5th year since the Yemeni government (and their Saudi Arabia ally) started fighting the Houthi Movement in Yemen.

Around 15% of the Yemeni population, or 4.5 million people, are disabled. These people are lacking in basic needs and care. Their lives are at stake. Both sides of the conflict have been accused of seriously violating basic human rights of the citizens including depriving them of their basic needs. The disabilities rates are increasing everyday as a result of the injuries acquired in the course of the war.

The disabled people have been deprived of health services, education, employment and the ability to migrate and escape the violence. Worse is the exclusion from getting humanitarian assistance.

The Amnesty International Report calls not for fundraising efforts by for a change in perspective and approach to the Yemeni War by the world. There is a dire need for addressing the limited healthcare that has been made worse by war casualties.

Amnesty International interviewed about a hundred disabled people in Yemen to find out how they were leading their lives. Stories of discrimination and violence against these people abound. Many of them contend that they are neglected and are waiting their turn to die. They cannot access the critical care they need, as they cannot be able to reach the areas that have humanitarian assistance camps that provide food and medical supplies. President Muhammed Buhari has said that his President Muhammed Buhari has said that his administration will ensure that terrorists pay heavy price for their evil actions while this barbarism is condemnable. In his condolence message to the family of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chairman, Lawan Andimi who was killed by terrorists in Michika, Adamawa State on Tuesday. He said he is greatly saddened by the fact that the terrorists went on to kill him even while giving signals of a willingness to set him free by releasing him to third parties, adding that it is cruel, inhuman and deliberately provocative. . “My deepest condolences to his family, the Christian community across Nigeria, and the Government and people of Adamawa. “We will ensure that these terrorists pay a heavy price for their evil actions. This incident has further strengthened our resolve as a Government, and the resolve of our gallant Armed Forces, to comprehensively defeat all terrorist groups sowing death, violence and destruction in our country and across West Africa”, he said.administration will ensure that terrorists pay heavy price for their evil actions while this barbarism is condemnable. In his condolence message to the family of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chairman, Lawan Andimi who was killed by terrorists in Michika, Adamawa State on Tuesday. He said he is greatly saddened by the fact that the terrorists went on to kill him even while giving signals of a willingness to set him free by releasing him to third parties, adding that it is cruel, inhuman and deliberately provocative. . “My deepest condolences to his family, the Christian community across Nigeria, and the Government and people of Adamawa. “We will ensure that these terrorists pay a heavy price for their evil actions. This incident has further strengthened our resolve as a Government, and the resolve of our gallant Armed Forces, to comprehensively defeat all terrorist groups sowing death, violence and destruction in our country and across West Africa”, he said.

The overcrowded refugee camps are no better either. For example, most of the disabled people have to crawl just to use toilets. When war violence erupts, the able-bodied flee leaving the disabled behind, resulting in separation from their families.

Human rights organization and donors need to focus their attention on these vulnerable and neglected victims of the war. 24 million peop

“Neglect of Human Rights, particularly for the Disabled, in the Yemen War
 

An Amnesty International report released on December 3, 2019 has highlighted worsening human rights abuse and deteriorating humanitarian crisis. According to the report, the crisis is at its height and has been accelerated by the continued Yemeni War. Disabled citizens, whose concerns seem neglected, are the worst hit. This is the 5th year since the Yemeni government (and their Saudi Arabia ally) started fighting the Houthi Movement in Yemen.

Around 15% of the Yemeni population, or 4.5 million people, are disabled. These people are lacking in basic needs and care. Their lives are at stake. Both sides of the conflict have been accused of seriously violating basic human rights of the citizens including depriving them of their basic needs. The disabilities rates are increasing everyday as a result of the injuries acquired in the course of the war.

The disabled people have been deprived of health services, education, employment and the ability to migrate and escape the violence. Worse is the exclusion from getting humanitarian assistance. AdamawaAdamawa

The Amnesty International Report calls not for fundraising efforts by for a change in perspective and approach to the Yemeni War by the world. There is a dire need for addressing the limited healthcare that has been made worse by war casualties.

Amnesty International interviewed about a hundred disabled people in Yemen to find out how they were leading their lives. Stories of discrimination and violence against these people abound. Many of them contend that they are neglected and are waiting their turn to die. They cannot access the critical care they need, as they cannot be able to reach the areas that have humanitarian assistance camps that provide food and medical supplies.

The overcrowded refugee camps are no better either. For example, most of the disabled people have to crawl just to use toilets. When war violence erupts, the able-bodied flee leaving the disabled behind, resulting in separation from their families.

Human rights organization and donors need to focus their attention on these vulnerable and neglected victims of the war. 24 million people, or are 80% of the total population, need humanitarian assistance according to the IRC (International Rescue Committee). Given their vulnerability, the disabled people should be prioritized.

It is time the entire world stepped up to end the Yemen War and bring a stop to the rise in disabilities. These victims are humans first, and should be treated as such to ensure that their dignity is preserved without regard to their religion or citizenship.

In particular, The United Nations has to play its role to stop this senseless war. It is time countries stopped taking sides and ensured that peace reigns in Yemen. The United States, that has supported the Yemeni government and its Saudi Arabia ally, and Iran, that has supported the Houthi Movement, should play the positive role of mediators without taking sides. A peaceful solution is needed to reduce human suffering and to save humanity. Given their vulnerability, the disabled people should be prioritized.

It is time the entire world stepped up to end the Yemen War and briAdamawang a stop to the rise in disabilities. These victims are humans first, and should be treated as such to ensure that their dignity is preserved without regard to their religion or citizenship. In particular, The United Nations has to play its role to stop this senseless war. It is time countries stopped taking sides and ensured that peace reigns in Yemen. The United States, that has supported the Yemeni government and its Saudi Arabia ally, and Iran, that has supported the Houthi Movement, should play the positive role of mediators without taking sides. A peaceful solution is needed to reduce human suffering and to save humanity.


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