Stop Arming War Criminals

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Target: United States President Barack Obama

Goal: Stop exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia-led coalitions that commit war crimes.

Weapons provided by the United States to Saudi Arabia-led coalitions have been used to commit war crimes in Yemen, according to Amnesty International. The U.S. backed Saudi forces have declared cities filled with tens of thousands of Yemeni civilians as military targets. This violation of international law has been propelled by the White House’s $90 billion arms deals with the Saudi monarchy. The U.S. has also blocked a U.N. investigation into war crimes committed in Yemen.

U.S. backed airstrikes carried out by Saudi coalitions have struck wedding parties, an Oxfam warehouse filled with humanitarian aid, and a Yemeni refugee camp. On September 28 the Saudi coalition bombed a Yemeni wedding, killing over 100 civilians, marking the deadliest day in the eight month-long war. A little over a week later, at least 47 civilians were killed and 35 injured in another wedding bombing. According to the U.N. more than half of all Saudi air strikes have occurred in densely populated towns or cities and 95 percent of Yemeni deaths have been civilians. So far, the toll of the war is about 2,500 civilian casualties and 5,000 civilian injuries. Saudi-led forces have been a direct cause for two-thirds of these casualties.

Yemen is the most impoverished country in the Middle East and imports 90 percent of its food. The Saudi siege and subsequent blockade have worsened Yemen’s vulnerable situation, with an estimated 21 million Yemenis now in desperate need of humanitarian aid. The destabilization has allowed al-Qaeda and ISIS to seize territory in the country. The U.N. has declared the situation in Yemen as a humanitarian catastrophe.

Before the Saudi Arabia-Yemen War, the U.S. had begun their own direct attacks in Yemen. At least eight wedding parties were bombed by U.S. forces between 2001 and 2013. Farea al-Muslimi, a Yemeni journalist, told a Senate Committee, “The drone strikes are the face of America to many Yemenis.” American media flooded their headlines with the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three Americans but have stayed relatively quiet about the thousands of Yemenis bombed by the U.S. and U.S. backed forces.

The Saudi coalition has violated international law and been denounced by human rights groups. Demand that the U.S. stop exporting weapons to forces that commit war crimes and disregard civilian life.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Obama,

The war in Yemen has further devastated an impoverished country. Saudi forces, using weapons provided by the United States, are targeting thousands of Yemeni civilians. They have declared densely populated cities as military targets, which is a violation of international law. The U.S. is not only in an arms deal with these perpetrators but has also concealed their violations by blocking a U.N. inquiry into war crimes in Yemen.

Amnesty International’s investigation into the Saudi coalition found “a pattern of appalling disregard for civilian lives.” The weakening of Yemen caused by the war has allowed al-Qaeda and ISIS to take over parts of the country. The U.S. is fueling terrorism by arming forces that willingly attack civilians. The destabilization caused by this, in turn, allows terrorist organizations to occupy the region.

If the U.S. continues to export arms to Saudi coalitions, it is just as guilty of the war crimes being committed in Yemen. I demand that the U.S. stop providing weapons to forces that violate international law.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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