In Yemen, 22.2 million people (80% of the population) need humanitarian assistance. Saudi Arabia has been accused by an independent UN panel of using the threat of starvation as 'an instrument of war'.
This is a UK issue. On the Security Council, the UK is the 'lead' country for Yemen. It also has close bilateral relations with Saudi Arabia - the country that is leading military action against Yemen's Houthi rebels and is, according to the UN, responsible for the majority of civilian deaths. The UK must build support for a new Security Council resolution demanding a ceasefire, and use its influence with Saudi Arabia to press them to adhere to it.
We haven't given you a template email because this is not about quick, easy action. We're looking for meaningful responses from people who care about this humanitarian disaster and who want UK foreign policy to reflect their values. What we have done is provide you with our list of 'asks' to Government, and information on how to contact your MP. At the end of the page there is a form so you can let us know how you got on. Please help us spread the word by sharing this page widely.
Key asks - what to include
- Security Council action for ceasefire and peace process with no preconditions - As Council lead on Yemen, the UK should urgently table a new resolution calling for all parties to the Yemen conflict to immediately implement a ceasefire and enter into peace talks without preconditions
- Bilateral efforts with Saudi Arabia for peace - UK should use its close relationship with Saudi Arabia to urge them to support a ceasefire, enter into peace talks without preconditions and refrain from any actions which may restrict humanitarian or commercial supplies to Yemen
- Suspension of arms sales to Saudi Arabia - The UK should not be arming any of the parties to this conflict, all of whom are responsible for “widespread violations of international humanitarian law” according to the UN, with the Saudi-led coalition responsible for the majority of civilian casualties. The UK should immediately suspend arms exports to Saudi Arabia and support an independent international inquiry into violations by all parties to the conflict.
Tips on writing to your MP
- Find out who your MP is by typing your postcode in at www.theyworkforyou.com
- Find their contact details MPs at www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/
- Get personal. Write a letter/email to your MP in your own words as this shows the strength of feeling you have about the issue. Using some of the stats from our humanitarian briefing will help you make a compelling case.
- Please consider incorporating the key asks mentioned above - these practical action points will help your MP to take the issue forward with Government.
- Ask your MP to take action on your behalf in the following three ways:
(1) by her/him writing a letter to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
(2) by her/him speaking to the Secretary of State in person
(3) by her/him raising your concerns as oral and written questions in parliament.
- Don't forget to introduce yourself and include your full name and postal address in your correspondence.
- Ask your MP to keep in regular contact and to give you copies of any responses they receive.
- Once you've sent your letter/email, please let UNA-UK know and share this webpage with your networks
- Please forward any replies you receive to email@example.com