Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner’s Report on Yemen
Statement by Ambassador Ken OKANIWA
The Permanent Mission of Japan in Geneva
Thank you, Mr. President.
Japan expresses its respect to the Group of Eminent experts for compiling its report.
We also appreciate the active diplomatic efforts of UNSG’s Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths, and hope his continued efforts will lead to ceasefire and resumption of the political process.
Japan strongly condemns the attack on civilian vessels in the Red Sea and the ongoing launching of ballistic missiles into Saudi Arabia by Houthi militias, which indiscriminately threaten the safety of civilians.
We also condemn the Houthi militias’ violation of human rights, including torture and recruitment of children and urge them to fully respect international humanitarian law. Contrary to the report, we also do not regard Houthi militias as “de facto authorities.”
Japan deplores the effects on civilians stemming from the escalation of military conflicts over Hudaydah. From this standpoint, we are closely monitoring the situation in Hudaydah. Early cessation of fighting and the subsequent resumption of peace process are urgently required.
Japan appreciates the humanitarian assistance provided by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Japan urges the coalition to take every possible measures to minimize civilian casualties, including among children, in order to respect international humanitarian law and human rights treaties.
In this regard, Japan welcomes the reconfirmation by the coalition concerning compliance with international humanitarian law, following the announcement of the Joint Incidents Assessment Team which clarified that the attack in Saada was not justifiable.
It is important that the crisis in Yemen be solved expeditiously not through military actions but through dialogue between the Yemeni parties to achieve a political solution.
I thank you, Mr. President.