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e-2742 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by Mohamad Oukar from Dorval, Quebec

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The citizens of the Republic of Yemen have been suffering from a humanitarian crisis since war began in 2015, and this has resulted in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, with 20.1 million (approximately two thirds of the entire population) at risk for famine, 14 million of which require immediate assistance to survive;
  • There has been a previous petition from 2017 that was presented to the House of Commons in May of 2019, and the government responded with an allocation of $46.7 million to support the crisis;
  • However, the current COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly worsened the situation in Yemen and has the potential to cause more deaths than those from the past five years of devastating war, and additional restrictions are being imposed to the humanitarian aid being provided by the UN’s World Food Programme, causing significant delays to the 8.2 million people receiving that aid; and
  • The UN's World Food Programme urgently needs an additional US$ 737 million to ensure operations can continue unimpeded over the next six months.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
- Continue to encourage both sides in the conflict to seek a long-term, peaceful, and democratic resolution; and
- Provide another life-saving allocation to support the humanitarian response in Yemen, in light of the new circumstances and challenges triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Open for signature
July 21, 2020, at 12:10 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
November 18, 2020, at 12:10 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Alexandre Boulerice
Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie
New Democratic Party Caucus
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