Fully half of the people living in Yemen — fourteen million men, women and children — on the brink of famine. It’s time to act.
PAX is joining with 34 other Yemeni and international organizations to call for an immediate cessation of hostilities. At the same time, legislators of all political stripes from various countries are meeting today for the first International Parliamentary Conference for Peace in Yemen, demanding that their governments work together to end the crisis.
The crisis in Yemen is manmade – the warring parties severely restrict access to food, fuel, medical imports and humanitarian aid. Therefore, governments around the world should suspend the supply of arms at risk of being used in Yemen, guarantee access for vital imports, condemn attacks on civilians and other violations of international humanitarian law by any party and support international investigations into these violations, including the work of UN Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen.
On the eve of the Paris Peace Forum to promote peace and improve global governance, we hope this conference will be a wake-up call. There is no military solution to the war in Yemen. Only an inclusive peace process can solve the humanitarian crisis.
After almost four years of conflict, Yemenis can’t wait any longer.