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e-2786

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • The people of Yemen are experiencing “the worst” humanitarian crisis in the world according to the U.N.;
  • About 230,000 people have died due to war and related social and environmental impacts according to the U.N.;
  • Approximately 80% of Yemen’s population (24.1 million people) requires humanitarian assistance according to the Brookings Institute;
  • Yemen has insufficient resources to address the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health emergencies, including child malnutrition and a cholera epidemic;
  • The Saudi Arabian-led coalition, backed by the United States, Britain, and France among other nations has been suspected by the U.N. of human rights violations;
  • Human Rights Watch (HRW) has documented at least 90 unlawful air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition;
  • Canadian-made Light Armoured Vehicles have been reported, photographed and filmed at the Saudi Arabia-Yemen border;
  • Canadian-made military goods have been photographed in the conflict in Yemen;
  • Canadian sales of military equipment doubled in 2019 to $3 billion despite the moratorium on new arms deals;
  • The Canadian government lifted the moratorium on new arms and trade deals with Saudi Arabia during the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020;
  • Human rights organizations, including HRW and Amnesty International, have identified Canadian arms and trade deals with Saudi Arabia to be complicit in the perpetration of war crimes;
  • Canada can no longer claim status as a peacekeeping nation while procuring lethal military equipment and supporting the Saudi-led coalition forces.
We, the undersigned, Canadian residents and citizens, call upon the Government of Canada to halt all arms and military trade deals with Saudi Arabia, including new and ongoing agreements, until the conflict in Yemen ceases.

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