The world's slow reaction - almost indifference - towards what is going on in the poorest Arab nation, and the inaction towards the so-called Saudi led alliance indiscriminate aerial attacks against the people of Yemen, must urgently be addressed and put to a stop. Imposing sanctions against a group in the country alongside a number of key figures is not an immediate solution nor the best answer. It is important that the UN Security Council demands all external hostile actions be immediately stopped and a top international team of experts and diplomats is set up to mediate and bring all internal hostilities to a stop, and stop the bloodshed of innocent citizens of the country.
We, the undersigned human
rights and civil society organizations, write to urge local and international
NGOs to condemn the ongoing grave
violation of human rights and illegal interference in Yemen. We would like to echo the UN Secretary
General call for a freeze in the violence and urge the UN Security Council, General
Assembly to take immediate actions to stop the ongoing bloodshed and violations
of human rights.
According to World
Health Organization, in the first month of heavy
bombardments in Yemen
resulted in 767 Yemenis being killed, 2960 injured and over 254,000 others
including women and children being displaced. Airstrikes launched in and around Yemen's capital
Sanaa, target bazaars and civilians leaving people killed and injured.
This is while, Julien Harneis, a UNICEF representative in Yemen expects
an "upsurge in malnutrition across the country" in the coming
weeks. "It was already a country
where 60 percent of the people were living under the poverty line, that's not
going to get any better," he said.
Also, UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, Johannes Van Der Klaauw, said an
"immediate humanitarian pause in this conflict" was desperately
needed to step up aid deliveries, adding that "The situation in Aden is extremely,
extremely preoccupying if not catastrophic".
Meanwhile, civil society actors are deeply
concerned about the on-going violence in Yemen: Amnesty International remains disturbed by
the high number of civilian casualties and deaths as a result of Saudi Arabian
led airstrikes in the Yemen announcing that “the high toll of civilian deaths and injuries
in these attacks raises concerns about compliance with the rules of
international humanitarian law. Saudi Arabian and any other armed forces
carrying out airstrikes in Yemen
are required to take all feasible precautions to spare civilians”.
Also, In letters to Saudi Arabia’s King
Salman and U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, the New York-based advocacy
group Human Rights Watch expressed concern that some of the airstrikes conducted by a U.S-backed,
Saudi-led coalition in Yemen appeared to violate the rules of engagement and
urged the United States and Saudi Arabia to take steps to minimize harm to
Considering the fact that Yemeni people
are suffering from the bitter consequences of violence, immediate actions are
required to stop the ongoing grave violation of human rights.