Stand up for Yemen's children

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

Two and a half years of brutal war have pushed Yemen to the brink of famine. 

Children like Aws* are suffering from malnutrition, extreme hunger and disease which is killing an estimated 130 children in Yemen every day.

On-and-off blockading by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition of the country’s northern ports continues to drive the death toll even higher.

This is on top of continued targeting of schools and hospitals in airstrikes that may violate international law.

All warring parties in Yemen 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 the Saudi Arabia-led Coalition. 

Sign our petition and tell the Government to protect children and suspend the sale of British weapons to Saudi Arabia.

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Full petition text

Dear Foreign Secretary,

Today 20.7 million people, including 10.3 million children, are in need of urgent humanitarian aid in Yemen. Schools, hospitals and other vital civilian infrastructure have been destroyed in attacks. The UN estimates that more than 4,000 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 have access to assistance and are protected. As the fighting continues without signs of ending, I am calling on you to please:

  • Ensure children and their families have access to life-saving aid by pressing all parties to guarantee unimpeded humanitarian access and lifting any restrictions on imports of commercial supplies, including by re-opening Sanaa airport and rehabilitating Hodeidah Port.
  • Ensure children and their families are protected by immediately suspending arms sales to any party in the conflict until an independent international investigation confirms there have been not been widespread breaches of International Humanitarian Law and asking our allies to stop the use of explosive weapons with wide-area effects in populated areas.
  • Hold perpetrators of violations of international law to account, by supporting independent, international investigations of alleged violations by all sides and by urging all parties to respect international law.
  • Maintain the Government’s welcome financial support to the humanitarian relief effort, and play a greater role in encouraging other donors to increase funding.

Changing the story

Schools and hospitals have been targeted in attacks and almost 4,000 children have been killed or injured. Both sides of the conflict have a lot to answer for.

By signing our petition to the UK Foreign Secretary you will help us put pressure on the Government to suspend arms. It will also help us in calling for them to support international investigations into attacks on children, push for a ceasefire and ensure vital aid can reach Yemeni families.

The situation in Yemen is getting worse, hit by a deadly cholera epidemic, starvation and continued bombing.

By joining with us, and also taking action in your community, you can help us change the story for the children of Yemen.

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