Iran Urges UNSC to Address Violation of Human Rights in Palestine, Yemen
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi said that the UN Security Council should make the Israeli regime and the Saudi-led coalition accountable for their extensive human rights violations and crimes in Palestine and Yemen, respectively.
"The most serious violation of IHL (the international humanitarian law) is the decades-long systematic inhumane and apartheid policies and practices of the Israeli regime in the Occupied Palestinian Territory," Takht Ravanchi said in a statement, addressing a UN Security Council session on ‘wars in cities: protection of civilians in urban settings’.
He added that the violations include a range of brutalities, such as deliberate, systematic, and massive killing of civilians, including women and children as well as seizure and demolition of their homes.
Earlier this month, Takht Ravanchi had also warned that the Israeli regime's crimes and the UN Security Council's inaction have deteriorated the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.
"Similarly, in Yemen, the systematic and serious breaches of IHL have caused the widespread and deliberate destruction of civilian infrastructures, targeted killings of civilians, including women and children, and strict unlawful blockades of civilian ports and airports," Takht Ravanchi added.
"The UN Security Council has a duty to ensure the protection of civilians and compel violators of international human rights law to immediately end such flagrant crimes and hold them accountable for their crimes."
"It is unfortunate and worrying that in the Middle East region, including in the occupied Palestinian territories and Yemen, the implementation of international humanitarian law is brutally violated," Takht Ravanchi noted.
Leading several of its allies, Saudi Arabia started the war on the Arab world’s already poorest nation in March 2015 to change the country’s ruling structure in favor of its former Riyadh-allied government.
The war has stopped short of the goal, while killing tens of thousands of Yemenis in the process and turning the entire country into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
The invading coalition has also been enforcing an all-out blockade on Yemen that has seen it choking up the country’s lifeline port city of al-Hudaydah among other ports of entry to even the most basic necessities.