STOP: $1 Billion U.S. Arms sale to Saudi Arabia
Yemenis walk on the rubble of a wedding hall which was reportedly hit by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition air strike. The U.S. Government risks complicity in the actions of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition as they commit violations of international humanitarian law.
It’s the war that no one is talking about. Thousands of civilians have been killed and injured by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition since the conflict began in Yemen.
Where is Saudi Arabia getting the bombs to do it? One major seller is the U.S. Government.
And now President Obama has authorized the sale of over 18,000 bombs and 1,500 warheads to Saudi Arabia—but these bombs have not yet been delivered.
Saudi Arabia’s government has led a devastating campaign of unlawful air strikes and bombardment of civilian targets in the next-door country of Yemen.
Yemen is in a humanitarian crisis, with over 2.5 million displaced, and 82% of the population in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.
While all sides have committed violations, a UN report found that Saudi Arabia-led coalition airstrikes were responsible for most of the civilian deaths in Yemen’s conflict.
The Saudi Arabia-led coalition declared the entire city of Sa’da—civilian homes included—a military target, which is in direct violation of international humanitarian law.
Tell President Obama and Congress that the U.S. should not sell bombs and arms to countries who are using them to commit human rights abuses and violations of the laws of war. Take action today.
Saudi Arabia is the largest arms sales customer of the U.S.
Based on Amnesty International’s evidence of civilian targeting, putting more U.S. bombs in the hands of Saudi Arabia’s military will only make matters worse for civilians in Yemen.
Thank you for your activism,
Advocacy Director, Middle East North Africa
Amnesty International USA