Bringing Rule of Law to Yemen’s IED Threat | Voice Over
Voice Actor Andy Taylor narrates this video illustrating the need for Rule of Law in Yemen, specifically when it comes to the threat of IED’s. Improvised Explosive Devices have a devastating impact on society. Without justice for victims, and training to eradicate their abundance, civilians in Yemen’s civil war will continue to suffer.
IED’s: Designed to maim and kill, but mostly – to instill fear
Improvised Explosive Devices, or IED’s, are weapons that instill fear in people. They thrive under poor governance, and have been a significant problem in Yemen since 2015.
Yemen is one of very few countries that has IED threats on both land and sea.
An IED’s effectiveness is twice that of a conventional landmine, and three times that of airstrike. As a result, they cause significant civilian casualties. In fact, IED’s have caused 10-times more civilian deaths globally than landmines. Meanwhile, survivors bear life-changing physical and psychological injuries.
Socio-Economic Impact of Improved Explosive Devices
Additionally, the socio-economic impact of IED’s on sustainable development goals can be significant. For example, IEDs impede commerce, contribute to internal displacement and refugee flows, and obstruct humanitarian responses.
Designed to maim or kill across a wide area, IEDs are used in assassinations or specific targeting. Indiscriminate and widespread use maximizes terror and social disruption.
Terrorist organizations use victim-operated IED’s, suicide vest IED’s, and suicide vehicle-borne IED’s. Their recurrent attacks create an environment of prolonged insecurity. As a result, the \morale of security forces diminishes, which hinders recruitment and impedes Security Sector Reform.
Rule of law treats the IED as a systemic criminal issue
Yet, Yemen does not have the capacity to counter IED’s effectively, or bring justice to perpetrators. The lack of a National Legal Framework requires organisations such as Yemen’s Executive Mine Action Centre to frequently address IED’s.
Local Security Forces endure heavy losses as a result of a lack of training, experience and simple equipment solutions. Assistance for countering IEDs has been requested, and will be implemented through the delivery of effective training, equipment and exploitation methods.
As each IED event is a single activity within a complex system which enjoys a network of support linked to other criminal action…Defeating the system involves close cooperation and coordination between the diplomatic, military, law enforcement, economic and information levers of power.
Therefore, implementing a C-IED strategy within Yemen’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) would deliver essential life-saving capacity, and establish the necessary legal and evidential frameworks to bring those responsible to justice.
By countering IEDs, we protect the population, enhance their security, freedom, and restore confidence in the Rule of Law.
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Andy, thanks for being part of this and coming projects as well. #YemenNotAlone