The International United Nations Watch (IUNW) sent a letter to His Excellency, Martin Griffiths Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Yemen on Arms sent to Saudi Arabia and UAE and used in the Yemen War, noting that the situation in Yemen has reached catastrophic levels, and millions of people are at the risk of starvation with millions more inflicted with Cholera, an infection that has spread more with the attacks carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, which includes the United Arab Emirates.
The letter read: “These attacks, too, have been made possible by the Iranian support given to the Houthis, who target civilians in Yemen, and most recently in Saudi Arabia.”
Maya Garner, the spokesperson for IUNW, commanded the recent ruling by a UK court of appeals that made arms sales used in the Yemen war by the Saudi-led coalition illegal.
“The United Nations should play an active role in preventing arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE, as these are being used to violate human rights in Yemen. The IUNW calls on your excellence to play an active role in this regard to make sure that Yemeni civilians are saved from the horror of war. The United Nations should also pressure Iran to stop sending arms to Yemen for use by the Houthis to wage attacks against civilian targets, especially in Yemen,” the letter read.
Recently, IUNW held a seminar at the UK parliament on the situation in Yemen and the role of the UN. IUNW noted that “Yemeni people have suffered much as a result of sending arms to their country by regional powers and the UN should act as soon as possible to stop this emerging catastrophe. The UN and the European Union, under their commitments, should make sure that making profit out of arms deals should not become a priority over human rights.”
IUNW called on the UN to make sure that countries such as Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE should not intervene in Yemen assuring that their actions leave an exceptionally catastrophic impact on Yemenis.
IUNW urged the UN to take urgent action to prevent any future arms deal from reaching regional powers in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Iran, which could be used in any way to violate human rights in Yemen.
“Human rights should always take priority over the profiteering of the misery of Yemeni people, and for this reason no arms deals should be approved, since these could be used to violate the rights of Yemeni people to achieve political gains,” the letter noted.