Famine in Yemen
Hosted by Chris Williamson MP
The Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR UK) invites you to participate in a seminar concerning the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen: More than 8 million people are at risk of famine, with more than 22 million in desperate need of aid and protection. Yemen is likely to be the famine that will define this era.
The conflict in Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, a crisis which has been fomented by the actions of nations who have used the war in Yemen as a proxy. There is no end in sight for millions of people now in despair.
International lawyers and experts will be speaking at the seminar in an attempt to draw the world’s attention further to the crisis – described by some as a forgotten war. Those experts will address the seminar on legal and other steps available to alleviate the suffering of the people of Yemen.
Date: Monday 25th June 2018
Houses of Parliament
Portcullis House Grimond Room
1 Parliament St
SW1A 2JR London
Joseph Breham member of the Parisian bar and founder of Ancile Avocats, a law firm specialising in, amongst other things, international humanitarian law.
Catriona Murdoch British barrister at 1 Crown Office Row, and based in The Hague, practising at the MICT.
Clive Baldwin Senior Legal Advisor for the legal and policy office at Human Rights Watch, where he has been working on issues of international law since 2007.
Rhys Davies barrister at Temple Gardens in London, with a focus in international criminal and human rights law
Tawfiq Al-Hamdi Is the head of documenting department at SAM (a Human Rights Yemeni Organisation).
The situation in Yemen continues to worsen and is, the UN says, the world’s worst man-made humanitarian disaster. Reports from the BBC indicate that since March 2015 more than 9,245 people have been killed and 52,800 injured , many thousands of whom were innocent civilians. Saudi-led coalition air strikes were the leading cause of overall civilian casualties.
According to the UN Human Rights Council, civilians have repeatedly been the victims of “unrelenting violations of international humanitarian law”. About 75% of the population – some 22.2 million people – are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance, including 11.3 million people in acute need who urgently require immediate assistance to survive.
Millions of people do not know where their next meal is coming from and are considered at risk of starvation. Severe acute malnutrition is threatening the lives of almost 400,000 children under the age of five.
With only half of the country’s health facilities fully functioning, at least 16.4 million people are lacking basic healthcare. Medical professionals have struggled to cope with the world’s largest cholera outbreak, which has resulted in more than 1 million suspected cases and thousands of associated deaths since April 2017.
It is against this backdrop that the assembled experts will consider what action can be taken, including both legal and humanitarian remedies.
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