London demonstration opposes UK support for Saudi war in Yemen, March 2018. Photo: Alisdare Hickson

The following resolution was issued by the IADL Bureau meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 6 April 2019:

The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) calls for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to immediately withdraw their military, stop bombing and end their catastrophic aggression against Yemen.

Furthermore, we demand that Saudi Arabia’s allies, including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Israel, United Arab Emirates, the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council and other Arab states, to immediately end their support for Saudi aggression, including but not limited to ending their weapons shipments to Saudi Arabia, cutting all finances supporting Saudi Arabia’s aggression, ending all military exchanges with Saudi Arabia and removing their troops on the ground.

IADL praises the social movements in the United States organizing for peace and justice in Yemen that have led to the passage of a War Powers Resolution calling for an end to U.S. involvement in the war on Yemen. We demand that U.S. President Donald Trump implement this resolution immediately.

While IADL is a strong supporter of diplomacy in the pursuit of international peace and security, we cannot support diplomatic efforts to address the conflict in Yemen that do not fully demand Saudi Arabia’s full, immediate and unconditional withdrawal.

The primary responsibility of the Security Council is to maintain international peace and security, and the Security Council shall act in accordance with the Purposes and Principles of the United Nations (UNHCR Chapter V, Article 24). We call on the UN Security Council to act on the integrity of the UN Charter to condemn and hold accountable Saudi Arabia and all states that are responsible for the ongoing war crimes and humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen. Countries that continue to arm Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen are also fully complicit in these war crimes and should be held accountable through international bodies.

We also emphasize that it is critical to lift the blockade on Yemen that is a key part of this war of aggression, targets civilian lives and has played a major role in the humanitarian crisis created in the country.

IADL calls on the international community to provide assistance to create the conditions in which the Yemeni people can engage, in full independence, in the national dialogue that is necessary to rebuild genuinely independent, non-sectarian and democratic institutions in their country, to live in peace, and to orient their national economy towards development in the interest of the people.

Kuala Lumpur
6 April 2019


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