Update 14/08/18: Last week, media reports of a Saudi Arabia-led airstrike on a school bus in Yemen went viral. It’s time for Australia to stop supplying arms to countries committing war crimes like these.
Yemen is enduring one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises right now, and Australia is complicit.
Our government is supplying military exports to both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — two countries committing war crimes in Yemen — and Defence Minister, Christopher Pyne, has plans to expand this arms trade.
Over the past three years dozens of Saudi Arabia-led Coalition airstrikes have disproportionately and indiscriminately killed civilians, including children, and targeted civilian infrastructure like hospitals, school buses and markets.
Countries like Germany, Norway and Belgium have already cut off arms supplies to Saudi Arabia because of human rights violations in Yemen. It’s time for Australia to do the same. Supplying arms to countries that are killing civilians, including children, is simply indefensible.
It’s time for Australians everywhere to speak up and demand our government stop supporting war crimes in Yemen.