SANAA, Prime Minister Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Habtoor on Sunday discussed in Sanaa with the Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Franz Rauchenstein, the humanitarian activities and priorities of the Committee.

The meeting discussed the humanitarian interventions of the ICRC in the health sector and corrections in prison and contribution to support efforts to care for prisoners and to ensure that they have all their rights guaranteed by law.

They focused on the pivotal role that the ICRC should play towards the prisoners' file, and its required effort to move this humanitarian issue in accordance with the outcome of the Swedish consultations and the practical proposals presented by the national delegation that participated in the consultations.

A humanitarian initiative concerning the International Red Cross, relevant humanitarian and human rights organizations was addressed.

The initiative concerned the suffering of African refugees, who are being assembled and detained in a playground in Aden by the Saudi and UAE-controlled militias, human rights violations, from whom they suffer, and depriving them for days of water and essential food, under illogical pretexts.

The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the activities of the Mission and its noble humanitarian tasks in serving the Yemeni community and alleviating its current pains.

He called on the ICRC to play an effective role in coordination with the United Nations to deal with the prisoners' file and to achieve important humanitarian effects for the prisoners and their families.

He pointed out the importance of expanding the Office's work towards the needs of the corrections in prisons, in order to enhance the level of care and efforts to improve the situation on an ongoing basis.

In his turn the Resident Representative of ICRC affirmed the committee's readiness to strengthen cooperation on all the files discussed during the meeting, noting that the committee is in contact with various parties and the UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths to resolve the file of prisoners.

He said that political side is very important to accelerate the humanitarian process, expressing the readiness of the Office of the Committee to provide its humanitarian services to criminal prisons through a comprehensive plan to ensure the continuity and dynamism of their humanitarian activities.

He noted the Committee's keenness to continue its humanitarian activities for the benefit of Yemeni society.

Source: Yemen News Agency

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