UK: Campaigners demand government withdraw invitation to Saudi Crown Prince amid Yemen war

Human rights groups presented an open letter to the British government demanding they withdraw an invitation to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, at London's Downing Street on Thursday. Director of Human Rights for Yemen Kim Sharif and Campaign Against Arms Trade activist Lucie Kinchin handed over the letter, whose signatories include a number of high-profile pressure groups like... Еще Stop the War Coalition and War on Want. In an interview on the steps of Downing Street, Kinchin said, «What's happening in Yemen is a disgrace and we do not believe that Mohammed bin Salman should be welcome here. Theresa May is trying to suck up to the Saudi regime in order to secure more arms sales to Saudi Arabia.» The letter criticised the Saudi regime for its domestic human rights record and involvement of the war in Yemen. The war in Yemen is now in its third year. Human rights organisations have repeatedly accused the Saudi-led coalition of bombing civilian areas. According to United Nations data published in 2017, Yemen's civilian death toll exceeds 5,000.

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