Detained staff members
In parallel coverage, the Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed their deep concern for the well-being of two staff members who were detained in Sana’a early last month.
In a statement, Audrey Azoulay and Michelle Bachelet confirmed that no communication has been possible with the staff members since that time.
While the two UN agency staff members remain in custody, the Organization has not received any information on the grounds or legal basis for their detention, or their current status.
The situation continues, despite earlier assurances by Ansar Allah, also called the Houthis, that the UN staff would be released immediately.
In the statement, OHCHR and UNESCO recalled that privileges and immunities were accorded to staff of the UN system under international law when they are essential to complete official functions.
Ms. Azoulay and Ms. Bachelet called again for the staff members’ immediate release without any further delays.