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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

350+ academics, politicians and celebrities slam west for enabling Saudi war against Yemen

Saudi war against Yemen
Six Nobel peace prize laureates have joined more than 350 celebrities, public servants and academics in criticizing western leaders for “stoking the flames of war” in Yemen.

In a statement marking the 1,000th day of Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, signatories of the #Yemencantwait petition called on the leaders of the US, France and the UK to urgently broker a ceasefire and put an end to the blockades which are preventing food and vital medical supplies from reaching desperate civilians. The statement further warned the West’s inaction will lead to the deaths of thousands of Yemeni children.

“The international community has failed to take the action needed to end this man-made catastrophe. Millions of Yemeni women, men and children feel abandoned by global leaders who seem to put profit and politics above human lives,” the strongly worded statement reads. “The US, UK, and France, as permanent members of the UN Security Council and major weapons suppliers to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, bear a special responsibility to use the full extent of their leverage to press their partners in the region to end the crisis. Instead of stoking the flames of a war that is strangling an entire population and risks destabilizing the entire region... They could be the brokers of peace.”

Signatories include, Justice Richard J. Goldstone, First Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; Olivier De Schutter, Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food; Mark Malloch-Brown, Former United Nations Deputy Secretary-General; Peter Gabriel, musician and founder of The Elders; Alyssa Milano, actor, activist and entrepreneur; and Tawakkol Karman, journalist and 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate.

The UK has been particularly unapologetic about the steady stream of weapons London supplies to Riyadh. In October, then defense secretary Michael Fallon infamously urged MPs to stop criticizing the Saudi-led war, arguing that probing the kingdom's crimes in Yemen could be bad for UK arms sales.
 [rt.com]
 19/12/17

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