The European Parliament submitted a motion for a resolution concerning the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen. In the resolution, the European Parliament cited areas which require immediate humanitarian assistance, urging all parties of the conflict to permit humanitarian relief workers unfettered access to the civilian population. Additionally, the European officials reiterated, “[the need] to ensure the protection of civilians and to refrain from directly targeting civilian infrastructure, in particular medical facilities and water systems.” They also called for, “an independent investigation into all allegations of abuse, torture, targeted killing of civilians and other violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.”
The resolution comes as human rights and humanitarian relief organizations continue to criticize both Saudi-led coalition and Houthi forces for ongoing violations of international law. If these parties comply with the resolution submitted by the European Parliament, it could represent a significant step toward alleviating the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
William Jay is an Advocacy Intern at ADHRB