On this first International Day commemorating the victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief, we pay tribute to all those around the world who lost their lives and suffered attacks because of their religion or belief. Persecution as a response to religious belief or affiliation, or lack thereof, is a violation of international law and requires joint work to combat it.
Yemen is known for its unique historic urban centres. These urban environments are not only important for being an integral part of the Yemeni cultural heritage but they also contribute to fostering Yemenis’ social cohesion and their sense of national identity. Preserving these urban environments is a matter of particular importance to the EU, which recognises how these heritage sites are vital for Yemen’s sustainable development. Therefore, it is currently funding two complementary projects focusing on preserving historic heritage sites and promoting a development-oriented urban recovery process. Implemented by UN-Habitat, the EU supports the comprehensive profiling of seven Yemeni cities and the elaboration of urban recovery strategies. In addition, an EU-funded project implemented by UNESCO combines the creation of livelihoods for Yemeni youth with the maintenance and rehabilitation of historic urban heritage.
Violence in Aden has been escalating since the brutal attacks perpetrated last week, with reports of incitement to violence against Yemeni institutions and accounts of retaliatory attacks. The Yemeni population has already suffered too much.
As we mark the International Criminal Justice Day, the European Union reaffirms its longstanding support towards the international criminal justice system and in particular its unwavering commitment to the International Criminal Court (ICC), as part of the EU's wider commitment to a rules-based international order.
The Council today adopted conclusions on the EU's priorities at the 74th UN General Assembly(September 2019 – September 2020). These conclusions complements the Council conclusions on strengthening multilateralism which were adopted on 17 June 2019.
The Yemeni fisheries sector has suffered greatly from the volatile and deteriorating situation in the country. This has left many coastal communities without livelihoods and increased their vulnerability to negative economic developments and the fallouts of war. Within the framework of the EU-funded livelihoods recovery project, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) supports these conflict-affected coastal communities by creating job opportunities and protecting the livelihoods of many families. The project also contributes to the preservation of this traditionally important sector of the Yemeni economy.