Yemen Bi-monthly Update
Condemning Attacks on Yemeni Medical Facilities
From Beirut, we supported Mwatana for Human Rights’ Radhya Almutawakel as she drafted an English-language op-ed to be published in Al Jazeera in April. The op-ed highlights the findings of a recently released joint Mwatana-Physicians for Human Rights report documenting attacks on medical facilities and personnel in Yemen between 2015 and 2018. We also helped develop a social media toolkit to draw attention to the op-ed and the wider report.
Coordinating an Updated UK Brief on Yemen’s Conflict
In London, we coordinated a briefing on Yemen’s conflict for high-ranking Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) officials by 15 humanitarian and human rights partners, to be held in early April, focusing on ways that the UK government can pressure the parties to continue peace talks, improve the humanitarian response in light of COVID-19, promote accountability for rights violations, and strengthen the role of women and girls in the political process. We also shared these briefings with several members of parliament to help refresh their talking points on the UK’s role in bringing Yemen’s conflict to a close.
Organizing Congressional Meetings for Yemeni Researcher
We helped set up congressional briefings for Abdulghani Al-Iryani, a Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies senior researcher, during a timely visit to Washington, DC. Al-Iryani updated senior staff on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee on political and humanitarian developments across Yemen, reinforcing the urgent need to press the warring parties to de-escalate the conflict.