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House Foreign Affairs Committee must highlight deteriorating human rights crises on the Arabian Peninsula

February 5, 2019

TOPSHOT - A Yemeni waves a national flag during a rally celebrating the death of Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh a day after he was killed, in the capital Sanaa on December 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Amnesty International USA today called on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to highlight the rapidly deteriorating human rights crises on the Arabian Peninsula and the ongoing war and humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen. As conditions in the region continue to worsen across a range of rights issues, and as the Yemen conflict moves into its fourth year, continued US inaction on ongoing human rights abuses cannot be afforded.

“The culture of impunity the U.S. has fostered in its continued endorsement and sale of arms to regimes that perpetuate severe rights abuses will only lead to the further degradation of regional human right” said Philippe Nassif, advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Amnesty International USA called on the US to address:

  • The Saudi-UAE led coalition’s conduct in Yemen
  • The arbitrary arrest and detention of human rights defenders
  • Continued crackdowns on freedom of religion, expression, association and assembly
  • The ongoing discrimination against women in law and in practice
  • The violation of the rights of foreign workers
  • Rule of law and the continued use of the death penalty.