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European parliament resolution on Yemen an important step but doesn’t go far enough – Boylan

15 June, 2017 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has welcomed the European Parliaments vote in favour of a resolution on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Speaking today, Lynn said;

“I welcome the resolution which highlights the humanitarian disaster and calls on EU member states to do more to help the people of Yemen.

“The ongoing war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen has been largely ignored in the West, while several EU countries continue to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia despite them being complicate in human rights violations in Yemen.

“This resolution reaffirms the EU’s commitment to an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, which must become a priority for all member States.

“It is regrettable that there is not a stronger condemnation of the Saudi led coalitions bombing campaign and the ongoing blockade of Yemeni ports, which has created a situation were 80% of the population of Yemen, some 21 million people are in urgent need of food medicine and fuel.

“The role of American drone strikes in contributing to political instability in Yemen was not included in this resolution. This must be acknowledged.
American drone strikes have, since 2002, been a major factor in political destabilisation in Yemen.

"Since Trump took office there has been 90 confirmed drone strikes in Yemen and previous safe guards to protect civilians have been disregarded.

“Ireland is among the EU States colluding with the USA in its disastrous military policy adventurism in the Middle East through the U.S. military use of Shannon.

“We must ensure that greater interest is shown by the government and media in the final destinations of military planes passing through Shannon”

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