Stop Arming Saudi Arabia

UPDATE: The final Senate vote results were 47 votes in favor of the resolution to stop arming Saudi Arabia and 53 against. While this was not enough to block the deal this sends a powerful message that it will not be business as usual between the US and Saudi Arabia.

President Trump has announced a $110 billion weapons deal to Saudi Arabia, doubling down on US support for a Saudi-led coalition military campaign in Yemen that has resulted in numerous violations of the laws of war. The United States shouldn’t be rewarding Saudi war crimes with more weapons. We need your help: Call your senators and tell them to vote for bipartisan Senate Joint Resolution 42 blocking the sale of weapons that could be used by Saudi Arabia to commit more abuses. Time is running out!


1. Find your US Senators.

2. Call them and say:

“Hello. I am calling to urge the Senator to support bipartisan S.J.Resolution 42 to block the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that could be used to commit war crimes in Yemen. Thank you.”



Why stop the arms sales?

President Trump wants to sell more than $100 billion of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

There is a real risk Saudi Arabia would use those weapons in unlawful attacks in Yemen, a country not only home to a war between the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi-Saleh forces, but where at least seven million people are on the brink of famine and thousands infected with cholera.

Human Rights Watch has documented 81 apparently unlawful coalition attacks since the conflict started in March 2015. Saudi-led coalition airstrikes have bombed civilian areas, including markets, schools, and hospitals, and have killed thousands of civilians.

The coalition has used US-made weapons in some of these unlawful attacks, including the some of the deadliest. Human Rights Watch found that the Saudi-led coalition used US weapons in a bombing on a market in northern Yemen in March 2016 which killed at least 97 civilians, including 25 children. Only a few months later, in October, the coalition again used US weapons to bomb a funeral ceremony in Yemen’s capital, killing more than 100 people and wounding hundreds more.

The US could be complicit in future coalition war crimes if it continues to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia.

Overall, more than 13,000 civilians have been killed or wounded in Yemen. More than three million people have been displaced. At least 80 percent of the population now relies on some form of humanitarian assistance.

This Senate Joint Resolution would attempt to block some of the latest US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and send a strong bipartisan signal to the Saudi government that the US is not going to reward Saudi Arabia war crimes with weapons. Tell your Senator to support this resolution now.