A Statement by the United Religions Initiative, The Charter of Compassion, and The Parliament of the World’s Religions
Yemen is a nation in crisis. The impoverished nation is facing a humanitarian crisis of mammoth proportions, like a devastating famine, in an ongoing civil war that is exacerbated by a scourge of religious violence. There is no time to spare in operating to help extra than three million Yemenis that are displaced inside the nation, and more than 280,000 who have sought refuge in other nations.
We, the United Religions Initiative, the Charter for Compassion, and the Parliament of the World’s Religions, a coalition of 3 international interfaith organizations, contact for quick action which need to contain the cooperation of the whole international community– like the United States, the United Nations, and the wider international neighborhood – to use just about every diplomatic and non-violent signifies attainable to enact an quick cease-fire in the civil war in between the Yemen government and the Houthis rebels and to contact on the allies of the conflicting parties to quit all arms shipments to their Yemeni partners.
The international neighborhood need to also come across the signifies to avoid the harassment, detention, and execution of members of religious minorities, with a unique protection supplied instantly to members of the Baha’i faith that are now becoming persecuted by the Houthis in Yemen.
Measures toward the targets of peace in Yemen will contain:
- Stopping all arms deliveries
- Halting attacks on help workers and civilians
- Ending attacks on hospitals and clinics
- Enabling humanitarian goods, specially meals, water, health-related supplies, and standard requires to enter the nation devoid of restrictions
- Enabling schools to reopen so young children can continue their research
- Pursuing a political answer to the conflict
Interfaith and humanitarian organizations stand prepared to help fourteen million persons – half of Yemen’s population – who are enduring a deadly famine, as this crisis worsens every day. Help workers from religious and humanitarian organizations, like the United Religions Initiative (URI) and the Charter of Compassion, are unable to administer meals, water, shelter, and well being care. Due to these restrictions, an estimated 50,000 young children died in 2017, an typical of 130 just about every day.
This unconscionable devastation need to finish for the Yemeni persons. Let every particular person of faith and conscience relay this message to all authorities in his/her area, by means of organized campaigns, faith communities, and political action:
- We contact upon the United Nations Safety Council to seek an quick cease-fire so access to help can be established.
- We contact on the parties to the conflict to lessen their involvement in the conflict and commence negotiations for a permanent resolution of violence, religious persecution, and the civil war.
- We contact on faith communities and interfaith movements to join in advocacy for the restoration of peace and the constructing of a unified, conflict-absolutely free, and productive nation.
Faith communities and interfaith movements across the globe hold a unique duty to uphold the teachings of every and all traditions, and and need to seek the assistance of governments to demand that quick actions be taken. Starvation, sectarian violence, and religious persecution will no longer flourish in a planet that guarantees compassion – the universal teaching of every cultural and faith-primarily based moral tradition – types the basis of all international policy.