The United Nations and human rights groups have welcomed US President Joe Biden’s decision to end the Houthi rebel movement’s status as a terrorist organization on February 16.
According to the reports, the new US administration has reversed the last-minute decision of former President Donald Trump and declared the Houthi rebel movement a terrorist organization due to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Had hinted at an end.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Biden’s decision reflected recognition of a “serious humanitarian crisis in Yemen”.
He said the new US administration has heeded warnings from the United Nations, human rights groups, members of Congress and others.
He said that declaring a terrorist organization could have a devastating effect on the lives of Yemenis, depriving them of access to basic necessities such as food and fuel.
On the other hand, UN spokesman Stephen Dodger called the US move “very positive.”
“We hope that the US decision will help find a political solution to the conflict in Yemen,” he said.
“I think the decision on the Houthi rebels, the name of the special envoy to Yemen, and the full support of the administration and President Joe Biden for the United Nations are really, very welcome,” he said.
It should be noted that Yemen imports 90% of its food from all trade channels, including the United Nations.
The United Nations and human rights groups have made it clear that such a move would be a prelude to further catastrophe.
The United Nations has called Yemen the world’s greatest humanitarian tragedy, with 80 per cent of its people in need.