The conflict in Yemen has dragged on for more than eight years. Two-thirds of Yemen’s 21.6 million citizens are in critical need of humanitarian aid and protection. Until the conflict is brought to an end, civilians will continue to suffer. While it’s difficult to have an accurate death toll, it’s estimated that several thousand civilians have been killed since the start of the conflict.
The security and humanitarian situations in Yemen require an urgent and inclusive process to bring a sustainable end to the conflict and, in the interim, provide optimal protections for civilians. The current peace talks between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Houthi officials is a welcome development. As these talks proceed, it is imperative that peace negotiations are inclusive of civilian communities that have borne the brunt of conflict.
In this brief, CIVIC calls for a peace deal that not only brings about an immediate end to the fighting, but also leads to sustainable and inclusive peace for Yemeni civilians underpinned by the principles of inclusion, accountability, justice, and reconstruction.
Read the full brief here.