Dear Mr Guerrero Salom,
Thank you for drawing much needed attention and scrutiny to the situation in Yemen by voting for the European Parliament Resolution of 25 February on the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
This Resolution demonstrates that the European Parliament will not turn a blind eye to misconduct by parties to the almost year-long conflict in Yemen and to the suffering of the civilian population. As such, it makes a welcome call for a fully independent investigation into all allegations of abuse, torture, targeted killing of civilians and other violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
The Resolution also sends a strong political message about upholding strong arms transfer control practices in calling for an EU arms embargo to be imposed against Saudi Arabia. Even without an embargo in place EU Member States currently transferring arms to Saudi Arabia and members of the coalition where those arms might be used in the conflict in Yemen are in breach of the EU Common Position 2008/944/CFSP on arms exports control. Moreover, as concluded in the recent legal opinion of Matrix Chambers, such transfers are also in breach of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), to which 26 EU Member States are party.
Every weapon sold takes us further from a political solution to the Yemen conflict and it now falls to EU Member States to heed the calls of the European Parliament. We therefore urge you to speak with colleagues at home and encourage the Spanish government to immediately commit to not supplying any arms that might be used in Yemen. Meanwhile, we would welcome your continued engagement in favour of the establishment of an EU-wide embargo as proposed in the Resolution of 25 February.
Again, we thank you for your support and assure you of our willingness and commitment to work with you on this pressing issue.
All the best,
Kloe Tricot O’Farrell
EU Advocacy Officer