Stop Arming Saudi Arabia


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.