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e-3122 (Foreign affairs)

E-petition
Initiated by Hamza Shaiban from North York, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • According to the UN, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world with 24.3 million (80% of the population), including 12.2 million children, needing humanitarian assistance;
  • According to UNICEF, a Yemeni child dies every 10 minutes from preventable war-related causes, and 85,000+ have already died;
  • Thousands of schools have closed and more than 2 million children are not in school;
  • The humanitarian crisis has been exacerbated by the blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia on Sana’a Airport and Hudaydah Port;
  • The port city of Hudaydah, where 70% of imports enter the country, is under relentless attack from airstrikes and naval ships. Houses, farms, livestock, businesses, roads, medical facilities and water facilities have all been hit;
  • As of September 9, 2020, a panel of independent experts monitoring the conflict for the UN have publicly named Canada as one of the countries helping fuel the war in Yemen; and
  • Images of what appear to be captured or destroyed Canadian-made light armoured vehicles (LAVs) have been publicized.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1) Halt arms shipments to Saudi Arabia immediately and ensure that any future arms transfers fully comply with Canada’s international legal obligations under the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty;
2) Participate in international efforts to bring an immediate end to the deliberate Saudi-led attacks on civilians which constitute war crimes; and
3) Demand and support international partners in lifting the siege on Sana’a Airport and Hudaydah Port in order to deliver humanitarian assistance;
Open for signature
January 25, 2021, at 2:17 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 25, 2021, at 2:17 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Matthew Green
Hamilton Centre
New Democratic Party Caucus
Ontario
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