The world’s worst humanitarian crisis is happening right now in Yemen and it is one that the UK helped to create.
The war on Yemen has been made possible by weapons supplied by the US and the UK and sustained by their ongoing military support. Since the bombing of Yemen began in March 2015, the value of UK arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition amounts to at least £18 billion. A political solution is desperately needed to bring this horrific conflict to an end.
The UK is becoming increasingly isolated as other countries end their arms sales for use in the war. There was a huge backlash when the UK government announced plans to slash aid to Yemen despite warnings of the worst famine in decades. CAAT and Mwatana for Human Rights have been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to draw attention to the suffering of the Yemeni people.
The UK is on the wrong side of history: urgent action is needed to end this deadly conflict. The UK government must end arms sales for use in the war on Yemen, increase resources to end the humanitarian crisis created by the war, and support efforts to build a sustainable peace.