COMMONS

Response to humanitarian crisis in Yemen examined

30 October 2018

The International Development Committee takes evidence from NGOs and Government working on the ground in Yemen.

Witnesses

Tuesday 30 October 2018, Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster

At 2.15pm

  • Jan Egeland, Secretary-General, Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Marwa Baabbad, Oxford Research Group
  • Dina El-Mamoun, Head of Advocacy and Policy in Yemen, Oxfam

At 3.15pm

  • Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for the Department for International Development and Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Neil Bush, Deputy Director of the Arabian Peninsula Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Louise Walker, Head of DFID Yemen

Purpose of the Session

Yemen is in its fourth year of violence and deprivation. UN humanitarian agency OCHA latest assessment is of an escalating conflict with over 22.2 million people needing some kind of humanitarian assistance or protection; over 11 million in acute need; and nearly 8½ million people at risk of starvation. The violence continues to inflict civilian casualties and damage public and private infrastructure. All parties to the conflict are disregarding international law and human rights, obstructing the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

The Committee reported on Yemen in May and November 2016 and the purpose of this session is to hear from the NGOs and others working in-country, and then to question the Government on its current response to the crisis as well as to follow up previous Committee recommendations, and the Government’s replies, on the situation.

Further information

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