To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions and communications she has had with her counterparts and representatives of the United Nations regarding the Panel of Experts on Yemen’s Final Report; if she will intervene to ensure that this year’s report does not have a negative effect on the ability of Yemen’s private sector to provide humanitarian aid; and if her officials will take steps to help ensure that no unsubstantiated assertions or erroneous allegations are published in the forthcoming Panel of Experts report.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that the Final Report for 2021 of the Panel of Experts on Yemen to the UN Security Council is (a) evidence-based, (b) accurate and (c) does not contain information which may hamper the efforts of humanitarian organisations engaged in delivering relief on the ground in Yemen.
The UN Panel of Experts on Yemen plays a vital role in providing independent monitoring on the implementation of the UN sanctions regime. Officials engage with the Panel throughout the year to facilitate its work by sharing evidence, and encourage other international partners to do the same. With 90% of Yemen's food imported, the UK recognises the important work of Yemen's food importers at a time of increasing food insecurity. Following the Panel of Expert's last report, we have liaised with the Panel of Experts and the HSA Group, Yemen's primary food importer, on the robust use of evidence and analysis in reporting.