Category Saudi Arabia

HODEIDA

Defence Minister Fallon: The key now is get aid into the country, and that means reopening the ports that have been damaged in the fighting—particularly Hudaydah (19 Dec 2016) The port of Hodeida was not ‘damaged in the fighting’. It was deliberately put and kept out of action by the UK’s ally. 2 August 2015: […]

UK GOVERNMENT LIES ON YEMEN – A PARTIAL LIST

Lie 1: Saudi-led coalition has not breached international law. UK Government: ‘We don’t think there are breaches of international humanitarian law’. (22 September 2016) Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch: ‘Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have documented more than 70 unlawful coalition airstrikes, some of which may amount to war crimes, that have killed […]

‘THE GREAT SERIOUSNESS IT DESERVES’

It is important that the Saudi Arabian-led Coalition in the first instance conducts thorough and conclusive investigations into incidents where it is alleged that IHL has been violated. They have the best insight into their own military procedures and will be able to conduct the most thorough and conclusive investigations. – UK Foreign Secretary Boris […]

PICK YOUR FRIENDS WISELY

. . . friends . . . – Jeremy Corbyn, referring to representatives from Hamas and Hezbollah. Context: a meeting called by Corbyn to advance the prospects for Middle East peace through dialogue with often excluded but nevertheless politically influential actors. Corbyn has expressed regret for the slip, explaining it as an effort to use ‘inclusive […]

LABOUR MPS FOR FAMINE

Last week, MPs voted against an independent inquiry into prima facie war crimes perpetrated by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen, and against suspending UK support for the Saudi Arabia coalition pending its findings. Amnesty International, Oxfam and other leading humanitarian and human rights NGOs have called for an immediate suspension of arms exports to Saudi Arabia. Yemen […]