Saudi Arabia is responsible for the starvation of Yemen; it is, too, for the epidemics of cholera in this country.
Moreover, we all know that Saudi Arabia is responsible for war crimes, according to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.The High Cost of Change in Saudi Arabia, HRW, November, 4th, 2019,
I invite you to sign the petition of Amnesty against the selling of weapons to Saudi Arabia.
You can find below the link of the petition, with an update on the situation in Yemen. But this one is not new: it is dated of March, 2019.
However, it is important to sign the petition, to stop the selling of weapons to the Saudi crown . Here are the text and the link :
“A SPIRALLING CONFLICT
Updated: 14 March 2019
The 2011 popular revolts that erupted in Yemen in the midst of the region-wide uprisings forced then President Ali Abdullah Saleh out of power after 33 years of rule, against accusations of corruption and failed governance, and the backdrop of an unresolved, long-standing conflict with the Huthis, an armed group based in the north of the country, whose members follow Zaidism, an off-shoot of Shi’a Islam.
Saleh was replaced by his deputy, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, setting up the stage for the National Dialogue Conference (NDC), a transitional national consultation process that attempted to address issues of state governance, structure and reform and addressing the grievances raised during the protests. After two years of consultations, the NDC presented a blueprint for a new federal map that partitioned Yemen into regions without considering socio-economic or regional grievances regarding the division of natural resources, commercial and agricultural regions, or port access. The map received minimal popular support and was staunchly opposed by different factions, including the Huthis.
The Huthis then capitalized on popular discontent and consolidated their control over the governorate of Sa’da and neighbouring areas in the northern parts of Yemen. In September 2014, the Huthis managed to extend their territorial control, taking over a number of army and security positions in the capital Sana’a – this was facilitated to a certain extent by the newly forged alliance of convenience with former President Saleh, against whom they had fought for decades.
Following the Huthis’ takeover of Sana’a in early 2015, President Hadi and the members of his government were forced to flee.
By 25 March 2015, a Coalition of states led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) intervened at the request of President Hadi, with the aim of restoring the internationally recognized government to power.
This marked the beginning of a full-blown armed conflict as the Coalition launched an aerial bombing campaign against Huthi forces. Over the following four years, the conflict spread to engulf the entire country and saw a proliferation in the parties to the conflict, including a number of Coalition-backed armed groups. The UAE for instance, has been actively training, funding and arming different armed groups since mid- to late 2015, supporting as such the proliferation of unaccountable militias such as the Security Belt, the Giants and the Elite Forces.
In December 2017, the Huthis further consolidated their control after assassinating their ally and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, and currently remain in control of most population centres, including Sana’a.
After over one year of intermittent fighting in and around Hodeidah that resulted in hundreds of civilian casualties, UN-backed talks in Sweden concluded in late 2018, resulting in agreements on several confidence-building measures, including prisoner exchanges and a precarious ceasefire in Hodeidah.
Gross human rights violations, including what could amount to war crimes, were committed and continue throughout the country to this day. Civilians are trapped in the middle. More than 17,640 have been killed and injured and a man-made humanitarian crisis has spiralled with approximately 14 million people in the country suffering from food insecurity.
We left because of the bombardment and the war around us. They would fire mortars over our head. Every day people would die, every day we would see ripped bodies around us, blown to smithereens. Can we stay there? We had to leave to escape alive. We couldn’t live in such danger.
Hassan, a 26-year-old displaced fisherman from Qataba village in al-Khawkhah
Until recently, much of the world ignored this raging conflict and heard little about its devastating impact on those trapped in its midst. This past year however, the conflict gained more visibility and pressure has been mounting on all parties to the conflict. Several countries including the Netherlands, Belgium, and Greece responded to public pressure by partly or totally suspending arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and other Coalition members. In the aftermath of the murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, several European states announced they would be suspending arms transfers to Saudi Arabia, including Norway, Finland and Denmark.
It’s time to call for an end to weapons transfers used to fuel the crisis in Yemen.https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/09/yemen-the-forgotten-war/
STOP THE FLOW OF WEAPONS TO YEMEN”
- As for me, I am happy that Human Rights Watch published recently a report condemning the actions of Saudi Arabia.
- The behavior of King Salman is unbearable.
- Killing civilians is war crimes.Even journalists are under attack.
- Saudi arms have killed 100 000 people. And the epidemics of cholera has killed 14 million of them.
- Shall I add that Yemen is the poorer country? Saudi Arabia has money, thanks to oil, and to the US support.
- Furthermore, for million of Muslims, it is the Holy place of Mecca. The Pilgrimage is a source of wealth. I know this, for I am Muslim myself.
- As a human rights activist and defender, I can’t bear these pictures of people killed ,slaughtered by Saudi arms.
- You can find some in this post.
- As YOU are concerned, can you stand them?
- I hope that your answer is NO.
- But, save by human rights organizations, Yemen is a FORGOTTEN WAR.
- You can find here a recent map, dated of November, 7th,2019:
- Please don’t forget it.
- The lives of million of people are at stake.
- So, raise your voice for Yemen.