October 2

Security Council imposes arms embargo on Yemen rebels demands all parties resume

The measure was approved through a new resolution adopted by a vote of 14 in favour, with one abstention (Russia). The text demanded that Houthis immediately and unconditionally end violence, withdraw forces from areas they have seized, relinquish all arms, cease activities undermining the authority of the country’s legitimate Government, refrain from provocation against neighbouring States, release the Defence Minister, General Mahmoud al-Subaihi, and end the recruitment of children.The resolution also called upon all Yemeni parties, particularly the Houthis, to abide by the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism, the outcomes of the comprehensive National Dialogue conference, and relevant Security Council resolutions and to resume and accelerate inclusive United Nations-brokered negotiations, including on issues relating to governance, to continue the political transition.It demanded that all Yemeni parties adhere to resolving their differences through dialogue and consultation, reject violence as a means to achieving political goals, and refrain from provocation and all unilateral actions to undermine the political transition.As well as adding Abdulmalik Al-Houthi and Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of Yemen’s former President, to the list of individuals subject to the sanctions imposed by paragraphs 11 and 15 of resolution 2140 (2014), the resolution also decided to impose an arms embargo meaning that all Member States would immediately take necessary measures to prevent direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to, or for the benefit of Mr. Saleh, along with Abdullah Yahya Al Hakim, Abd Al-Khaliq Al-Huthi, and individuals and entities designated by the Committee established pursuant to paragraph 19 of resolution 2140 (2014).Meanwhile, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein responded to the growing number of civilian casualties and widespread destruction of public buildings and infrastructure in recent weeks.He reminded all parties to the conflict in Yemen to ensure the prompt investigation of any attacks resulting in civilian casualties and to ensure the scrupulous respect of international human rights and international humanitarian law.“Every hour we are receiving and documenting deeply disturbing and distressing reports of the toll that this conflict is taking on civilian lives and infrastructure,” said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. “Such a heavy civilian death toll ought to be a clear indication to all parties to this conflict that there may be serious problems in the conduct of hostilities.”In addition to hundreds of fighters, at least 364 civilians are reported to have lost their lives since March 26, including at least 84 children and 25 women. Another 681 civilians – possibly more – have been injured. Dozens of public buildings, including hospitals, schools, airports and mosques have been destroyed in airstrikes, through shelling and other attacks.Over the past week, street fighting also intensified in densely populated areas, particularly in Aden between armed groups affiliated with President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi on one side, and those affiliated with the Houthis and the former President Ali Abdullah Saleh on the other. There have also been accounts of recruitment of children as fighters in Aden, Dhale and Mareb. “The parties to the conflict are obliged to ensure that international humanitarian law and international human rights law are scrupulously respected and that the civilian population is protected,” said Mr. Zeid. “Any suspected breach of international law must be urgently investigated with a view to ensuring victims’ right to justice and redress and to ensure that such incidents do not recur.”Several recent airstrikes by coalition forces have hit residential areas and civilian homes in Amran, Taiz, Ibb, Aljawf and Sa’da, with one, on a military base in Taiz on Saturday, hitting a residential area about 500 metres away, killing ten civilians and injuring seven.He stressed that parties to the conflict should take all feasible measures to avoid locating military objectives in populated residential areas and must exercise maximum care to ensure that civilians and civilian objects are protected against dangers arising from military operations, and he called for the thorough and transparent investigation of such incidents by coalition forces. Among 52 public buildings either partially or completely destroyed in the past three weeks, eight hospitals were hit in Sana’a, Sa’da, Dhale and Aden, with 17 schools and educational institutions in Aden, Dhale, Hajjah, Ibb and Sana’a also destroyed. The country’s three main national airports and its main power station have also been damaged, as well as bridges, factories, farmland and mosques. “Hospitals and ambulances must be safe from attacks and allowed to function at all times. Intentional attacks on hospitals or ambulances being exclusively used for medical purposes would amount to war crimes,” Zeid said. He also warned that the intentional targeting of civilians not taking direct part in hostilities would amount to a war crime, citing particular reports of the killing of civilians by snipers located on rooftops in Dhale, and he also pointed to arbitrary arrests, indiscriminate firing at protesters and attacks against media premises by Houthi-affiliated forces.Underlining the important role of civil society, particularly in the midst of an armed conflict, he urged all sides to negotiate a swift end to the bloodshed and devastation in Yemen. “The people of Yemen have already suffered for too long and the calamitous effects of the conflict are already going to take years, if not decades, to reverse,” the High Commissioner said. “Most of the country is now suffering from the effects of armed conflict, with the situation particularly devastating in Sana’a, Aden, Dhale, Sa’da, Hudayda, Lahj, Ibb, Taiz, Amran and Hajjah. The humanitarian situation is appallingly bad, compounded by wanton violence, lawlessness and serious human rights violations.” read more

September 22

IHF Super Globe 2014 Six of eight teams are already known

IHF Super Globe ← Previous Story Brazilian Patrianova signs for Villa de Aranda Next Story → VIDEO: World Champions are in Plock! The field of participants for the 2014 edition of the IHF Super Globe 2014 in Doha (7 to 12 8 to 14 September) is close to completion after four of five continental qualification events have taken place. So six of eight club teams have already clinched their berth to the major test event for the 2015 Men’s World Championship in Qatar.Besides host Al-Sadd (Qatar) and defending champion FC Barcelona the following teams have booked their tickets by now: Asian club champion El-Jaish (Qatar), African club champion Esperance (Tunisia), SG Flensburg-Handewitt (EHF Champions League winner) and Taubate Handball (Brazil) as the winner of the Pan-American qualification.The European and Pan-American representatives were confirmed last weekend, with Flensburg beating THW Kiel in the final of the VELUX EHF FINAL4 in Cologne by 30:28 and Taubate winning the continental club championship on home ground.Taubate, defending Pan-American champion and 2013 IHF Super Globe participant, had a real final against their Brazilian colleagues of Pinheiros, 2012 Pan-American champions and IHF Super Globe participant. Both sides ended equal by seven points each after four matches, and the direct duel ended in a draw (23:23) – so the goal difference needed to decide, and Taubate were ahead of their domestic rivals by 44 goals. Colegio Ward (Argentina) finished third ahead of Villa Ballester (Argentina) and Luterano de Valparaiso (Chile).Before, the Super Cup Babacar Fall was the African qualification event. In the final of the continental club championship in Oyo (Congo) Tunisian club side Esperance narrowly won the thrilling final by 21:20 (13:12) against Al-Ahly Haly (Egypt) to secure their spot for the IHF Super Globe for the first time ever. In 2013, Africa had also been represented by a Tunisian club, Etoile Sportive du Sahel.The two remaining spots for the event are a wild card for a Qatari team and the Oceania participant, which will be decided in Sydney.The IHF Super Globe will be played in two groups with four teams each. After three group match days, the two best ranked clubs face in the semi-final. Since 2010 the world championship for club teams has been carried out in Doha on an annual basis. Atletico Madrid (Spain, 2010, 2012), THW Kiel (Germany, 2011) and FC Barcelona (Spain, 2013) have been the winners so far. read more