Skip to main content

Accountability for violations in Yemen

EDM (Early Day Motion) 17: tabled on 15 October 2019

Tabled in the 2019-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 23 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House expresses deep concern at the catastrophic human cost of the war in Yemen, where hundreds of thousands of Yemeni civilians have been killed in the fighting and by disease and where millions have been deeply traumatised, are cut off from vital aid and are on the brink of starvation; notes the release of the report by the UN Group of Eminent Experts on the Yemen in September, which highlights the potential complicity of countries selling arms and providing other assistance to the Saudi-led coalition, including the UK, the US and France, in light of alleged ongoing violations of international law by the coalition; further notes the need to investigate and prosecute a number of politicians and military officers from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Yemeni Government military forces and the Iran-aligned Houthi rebel movement; stresses the need for all warring parties to respect their international humanitarian obligations and to agree a total ceasefire and an end to the conflict; and calls on the UK Government, which is the penholder at the UN Security Council on Yemen, to suspend all arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, to support the negotiation of a ceasefire and a political settlement, and to ensure, with others in the international community, that those responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law are held to account.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.