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Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Page: 7193


Senator SINGH (Tasmania) (17:04): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the consequences of the ongoing conflict in Yemen between Houthi rebels and the coalition forces supporting the recognised President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi have proven devastating for the country and its population,

   (ii) approximately 3 million Yemenis have been internally displaced, and more than 8400 have been killed in the conflict, including 5100 civilians of whom 1200 were children,

   (iii) the humanitarian situation in Yemen is catastrophic, with the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) declaring in February 2017 that Yemen is the 'largest food security emergency in the world',

   (iv) there are 2.2 million children in Yemen suffering severe acute malnourishment, with one child dying every ten minutes from preventable causes, and

   (v) despite international calls for a political solution to the crisis, the parties to the conflict have failed to reach a settlement, with neither side having achieved a military victory and being unlikely to do so in the future;

(b) supports:

   (i) the Australian Government's pledge on 24 April 2017 of $10 million in aid to Yemen,

   (ii) the sentiments espoused in the European Parliament's 14 June 2017 resolution on the humanitarian situation in Yemen, and

   (iii) the actions of humanitarian aid groups, such as UNICEF, in working to bring aid to the people of Yemen, including helping to provide access to safe water to more than 2 million people and vaccinating nearly 5 million children against polio; and

(c) urges:

   (i) all parties to the conflict to comply with international humanitarian law and international human rights law, in an effort to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure,

   (ii) all parties to the conflict to work to remove logistical and financial obstacles to the import and distribution of food and medical supplies to civilians, and

   (iii) the Australian Government to continue to work closely with other donors, countries in the region, and humanitarian partners to ensure the safe passage of aid to the most vulnerable people.