Stand up for Yemen's children

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Zuhair*, 13 years old, Yemen. Photo by Anas Shahari/Save the Children.

Britain’s allies are killing children in Yemen. This must stop.

Schools and hospitals have been targeted in attacks that may have broken international law. Almost 3,000 children have been killed or injured.

Both sides in this conflict have a lot to answer for. But our government knows one of its allies has blood on its hands – and yet it’s still selling bombs to Saudi Arabia.

Tell the government to protect children and stop the sale of British weapons to Saudi Arabia.

It must also support investigations into attacks on children, push for a ceasefire and ensure vital aid can reach Yemeni families.

Sign the petition to foreign secretary Boris Johnson now.

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Dear Foreign Secretary,

Today more than 18 million people, including over 10 million children, are in need of urgent humanitarian aid. Schools, hospitals and other vital civilian infrastructure continue to be damaged and destroyed in attacks. The UN estimates that almost 3,000 children have been killed or injured since March 2015.

The UK’s involvement in supporting the humanitarian response, diplomatic efforts to end the conflict and its strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia means it can play an influential role in ensuring children and their families have access to assistance and are protected from the armed conflict in Yemen. As the conflict approaches its second year, I am calling on you to please:

  • Ensure children and their families have access to humanitarian aid and other basic supplies by pressing all parties to guarantee rapid and unimpeded humanitarian access to those in need and lifting any restrictions on imports of commercial supplies.
  • Ensure children and their families are protected from the armed violence by urging parties to respect international law, immediately stop the use of explosive weapons with wide-area effects in populated areas, and to refrain from selling arms to any party in the conflict if there is a risk they may violate international law.
  • Hold perpetrators of violations of international law to account, by supporting independent, international investigations of alleged violations by all sides
  • Press all parties to the conflict to agree an immediate ceasefire and continue supporting efforts to seek a political solution to the conflict.
 
 
 
 
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