To: Theresa May, Prime Minister, UK

@Theresa_May: Act Now at @UKUN_NewYork to Save Yemen from Famine

As "penholder on Yemen," you must act now at the UN Security Council to save Yemen from famine. Lead a UNSC resolution to protect Hodeida port from Saudi-UAE attack.

Why is this important?

The United Nations Security Council, which under the UN Charter is responsible for protecting international peace and security, has failed to stop the Saudi-UAE war and blockade on Yemen which has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine. A key reason is that the UK, which under UK Prime Minister Theresa May is closely aligned with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, is the Security Council "penholder" on Yemen, which means that any UN Security Council resolution on Yemen has to be drafted by the UK. Theresa May's government has used this power to shield Saudi Arabia and the UAE from diplomatic pressure at the UN for their catastrophic actions in Yemen. [1]

U.N. officials have said that the threatened Saudi-UAE attack on the crucial Yemeni port of Hodeida would almost certainly push Yemen into famine by cutting off food and medicine imports into northern Yemen. But David Beasley, head of the World Food Program, says diplomatic efforts to protect Hodeida have failed. "I was hopeful two weeks ago that was about to resolve, but evidently that hasn’t happened," Beasley said. [2]

Theresa May alone currently wields the power to initiate a Security Council resolution to save Yemen from famine by protecting Hodeida. Urge Theresa May to save Yemen from famine by signing our petition.

References:
1. http://sanaacenter.org/publications/item/60-yemen-at-the-un.html; http://www.securitycouncilreport.org/monthly-forecast/2017-02/yemen_26.php
2. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/world/middleeast/trump-yemen-saudi-arabia.html

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