Target: United States President Barack Obama
Goal: Stop the killing of civilians by Saudi Arabia with American weapons.
Saudi Arabia, a corrupt monarchy with a horrendous human rights record, is using American bombs to commit war crimes in Yemen. The Saudis continue to play an active role in Yemen’s ongoing civil war, providing military support for Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi’s embattled government forces. Unexploded American-made bombs and fragments of exploded American-made bombs have been discovered by human rights groups working on the ground in Yemen.
According to Amnesty International, Saudi-led airstrikes have targeted civilian locations such as schools, homes, hospitals and mosques, resulting in over 300 civilian casualties, and nearly 300 civilian injuries since March 2015. More than half of those killed were women and children. Saudi Arabia has thus displayed a shameless disregard for basic human rights and international law; nothing indicates that it plans to alter this course of action.
In Nov. 2015, the U.S. State Department approved a $1.29 billion sale of “smart bombs” to the Saudi government. The bombs are supposed to be used against Houthi rebels in Yemen and ISIS fighters in Syria. There is no doubt, however, that more civilians, both Yemeni and Syrian, will be killed as a result.
The alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia is becoming harder and harder for our public officials to justify. Indeed, they do not even try anymore. Earlier this year, the Saudi government ignited global outrage when it beheaded 47 people convicted of vague “terrorism” charges. Given that said alliance is based in large part on Saudi Arabia’s vast oil reserves, and given our government’s stated commitment to using clean, renewable energy, it defies logic that the U.S. should continue its support for Saudi Arabia and its numerous crimes.
For the sake of fundamental human rights and international law, the U.S. government must stop selling munitions to Saudi Arabia. Please add your voice to the cause by signing the petition below.
Dear President Obama,
The civil war in Yemen is a humanitarian crisis. Thousands of civilians have been killed over the last year alone, many of them women and children. According to a recent Amnesty International report, the Saudi-led coalition is using American-made bombs to attack civilian locations, including hospitals, schools and mosques. The United States is therefore complicit in war crimes committed by the Sunni coalition on behalf of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi’s security forces.
It is incumbent on the United States, and every other country, to do everything in their power to bring the hostilities in Yemen to an end. The obvious first step is a moratorium on munitions sales to any country militarily involved in the conflict. Given Saudi Arabia’s blatant disregard for human rights and international law in Yemen, the recent $1.29 billion arms deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia is not justifiable. There is no reason to believe that the Saudis will not use the arms in question to commit more war crimes against civilian populations in Yemen.
In light of the growing humanitarian crisis, I urge you to do the right thing and effect an arms embargo on all countries party to the Yemeni conflict, including Saudi Arabia. Please take action immediately. The lives of innocent people in Yemen depend on it.
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