• 25-FEB-2016

  • SOURCE: S&D Group at European Parliament

Yemen: the European Parliament voted on Saudi arms embargo

The high-profile vote in the European Parliament today for an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia is a humanitarian appeal to end the bloodshed in Yemen, according to its proposer Richard Howitt MEP. The Socialists and Democrats Group's foreign affairs coordinator is proposing the vote backed by four other political groups in the European Parliament, in the face of UN estimates of 7,000 civilian deaths since the Saudi-led military action started in March last year. 

The European Parliament resolution is seeking to bring greater world attention to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and acknowledges that the Saudi-led coalition was legally invited to undertake military action but argues that 'serious allegations of human rights abuse' now require the European Union to end arms supplies, and to uphold its own EU Code of Conduct on arms sales (legally titled the 'Common Position'). 

A petition of 750,000 has been raised to support the call for an embargo. Since the military action began, the United Kingdom alone has licensed close to £3bn worth of arms sales to Saudi Arabia in the last year. 

This broadcast-quality video package contains 1 B-ROLL video and stock shots.

The package in detail:

  • Interview with the S&D Group's foreign affairs coordinator, MEP Richard Howitt 
  • Extracts of the plenary vote in the European Parliament
  • Stock shots on the humanitarian situation in Yemen