My statement on the 2 year anniversary of the Yemen war

 

Today, as we mark 2 years of conflict in Yemen, we are reminded of the on-going crisis in Yemen and the desperate need to bring about an end to the violence.

The humanitarian situation continues to be dire. The UN has estimated that over 21.2 million people are in need of humanitarian or protection assistance and over 3.2 million people have been internally displaced. 1.4 million of those are children.

Over 10,000 people have been killed in the past 18 months and a further 3 million are suffering from acute malnutrition.

There have been breaches of international humanitarian law by all sides in Yemen and I strongly urge the Government to push for a proper investigation at the UN.

But we must also reflect in our own Governments involvement in the continuation of this crisis. There is now sufficient evidence pointing to the serious risk that UK-provided arms to Saudi Arabia have been used in violations of International Humanitarian Law.

The Yemeni people desperately require an end to this violence and the Government should immediately: suspend UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia; call for an independent inquiry of violations to international humanitarian law; and call all sides to peace talks and negotiations to end the violence

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