Saudi Arabia imposes a double collective punishment on the Yemeni people by expelling them from their jobs in the kingdom while continuing to impose an oil and humanitarian blockade on Yemen, the UN Security Council was told.
The criticism of Riyadh came as the evidence was accumulating that the Houthis font progress in their months-long efforts to capture the strategic city of Marib , the last government stronghold in northern Yemen and a major source of energy for the region. The Yemeni government has warned of impending humanitarian catastrophe after rebels blockaded Al-Abdiyah district in Marib.
The allegations against the Saudis were made by a speaker from the Sanaa Center think tank selected by the UN to address the Security Council during its monthly update on the six year civil war at Yemen . Maysaa Shuja Al-Deen said: “Yemen is not just the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.wave, this is also the worst international response to any humanitarian crisis in the world. ”
She said the " Saudis had decided to lay off the workers Yemini in the south of the kingdom without a clear or convincing explanation for this collective targeting ". It has been suggested that hundreds of thousands of people are threatened with deportation.
She pointed out that due to the war, expatriates had become almost the only source of hard currency because of the complete lack of oil exports.
She said more than a million Ye menis was working in Saudi Arabia, but said that “the harassment of those who remained had a negative impact on millions of Yemenis at home and thus exacerbated the current humanitarian crisis in Yemen. All the Gulf states were directly or indirectly involved in the war in Yemen and they therefore have a dual respmoral and political stability towards their neighbor.
She appealed to the Gulf states to keep their doors open in Yemen, adding that the security council should immediately put pressure on the Saudis to stop extending and tightening the grip on Yemeni workers in the Saudi labor market. She said they should be excluded from Saudiization policies and double residency fines, a sanction imposed on non-Saudis living in the kingdom. Saudi Arabia has tried to cope with a surplus of foreign workers made worse by the reduction in Covid economic activity. The kingdom is also keen to improve employment prospects for young Saudis.
In June, Yemeni doctors working in Saudi Arabia said they had received letters indicating that their contracts were not renewed. Regulations have been introduceds telling private sector employers in a group of southern provinces that only 25% of their workforce could come from Yemen.
The World Bank estimated in 2017 that remittances sent from Yemenis to Saudi Arabia amounted to $ 2.3 billion per year. Remittances sent from Saudi Arabia accounted for 61% of total remittances sent from abroad.
Calling from all sides, including the Houthis, to remove obstacles to the distribution of aid, she also stressed that only 55% of the commitments made at the humanitarian summit in Yemen had been fulfilled.