What's Happening in Parliament

The Yemen All Party Parliamentary Group held a meeting in Parliament on the 25th of October 2017 to examine the next steps for Yemen following the United Nations General Assembly.

One month previously the APPG Group had sent a letter to the United Nations General Secretary Antonio Guterres signed by over 110 Parliamentarians. The event was hosted by Kate Osamor, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development who spoke with passion about the current situation faced by Yemenis. Osamor gave a memorable quote stating that for the United Kingdom 'How many more wake up calls do we need when it comes to Yemen.' Speakers on the panel were Dr Hamid Al-Shejni, CEO at the Global Gate Group, Omar Mashjari Executive Director Adalah Yemen, Tufail Hussain Deputy Director of Islamic Relief and H.E Dr Yassin Saeed Noman, Ambassador for Yemen to the United Kingdom.

The event was attended by a number of MPs and Peers including Alison Thewliss MP, Douglas Chapman MP and Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt. Minister Burt spoke in depth about the need to continue with aid provision to Yemen and also noted the current amounts of UK aid that were being sent to the country.

Dr Noman spoke of the importance of returning to respecting UN Resolution 2216 and also respecting the terms of the National Dialogue Conference.

The panel was in agreement that more aid must be provided to Yemeni citizens and that Saudi restrictions on Yemeni Ports, in particular Hodeidah were worsening conditions for Yemen's citizens.

The event was held against the backdrop of a worsening Cholera epidemic in the country. More than 884,000 people are reported to have contracted the disease since April, and another 2,184 have died.