Yemen

Fanning the flames of the Yemen conflict - PUBLIC STATEMENT - 22/03/2016

As Yemenis mark one year since the Saudi Arabia-led coalition began military operations in Yemen, and as civilian suffering caused by the warring parties grows in scale and severity, Amnesty International is one of eight organisations calling on all governments to:

Cease the supply of any weapons, munitions, and related military equipment to parties to the conflict in Yemen where there is a substantial risk of these arms being used in Yemen to commit or facilitate serious violations of international humanitarian law or international human rights law. 

Read more. An op-ied on the situation in Yemen can be found here.


Amnesty had previously joined other campaigners in calling on governments attending discussions on the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty to set their hypocrisy aside and stop selling billions of dollars worth of deadly weapons to Saudi Arabia which are being used to attack Yemeni civilians. Read more.

Amnesty International UK is specifically calling on the United Kingdom government to halt all arms exports to Saudi Arabia where the weapons are at risk of being used in the Yemen conflict to commit violations of international law. Take action. Sign the petition.

Amnesty International has gathered evidence which appears to confirm reports that Saudi Arabian led coalition forces dropped United States manufactured  clustered munitions on Sana'a, the Yemen capital, on 06 January 2016. The attack killed a 16 year old boy and wounded at least six other civilians. Submunitions were scattered in at least four different residential neighbourhoods. Amnesty is calling on the coalition to immediately stop using cluster munitions, which are inherently indiscriminate weapons and are internationally banned. Read more.

Amnesty is also calling for the establishment of an independent international inquiry to investigate alleged violations by all parties to the conflict in Yemen, establish the facts, and identify the perpetrators of such violations with a view to ensuring that those responsible are held accountable. As well as the Human Rights Council, an international investigation or inquiry could be established through a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly or the UN Security Council - or by the UN Secretary-General or the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on their own initiative.

Amnesty's written statement to the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council is here and Amnesty's oral statement is here. Amnesty is also calling on the Human Rights Council to create an international investigating mechanism for Yemen. Read more.

Vital hospital supplies blocked - NEWS - 09/02/2016 (UPDATE 11/02/2016)
The Huthi armed group and forces allied to it are endangering the lives of thousands of civilians in the southern city of Ta'iz by blocking the entry of crucial medical supplies and food over the last three months in a blatant violation of international humanitarian law. Read more.

World Health Organisation medical supplies have now reached Ta'iz following months of blocked access.

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