Canada deeply concerned by ongoing conflict in Yemen


November 25, 2017 - Ottawa, Canada- Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, made the following statement regarding the worsening conditions for people in Yemen:

“Canada is deeply concerned by the ongoing conflict in Yemen and its humanitarian impact on civilians, particularly women and children, who continue to bear the brunt of the fighting.

“Allowing full and unhindered access to lifesaving food, fuel and medicines for civilians in need is imperative. All ports of entry must also allow immediate shipments of humanitarian and commercial supplies to reduce the risk of famine and the spread of disease.

“We further urge all parties to the conflict to promptly resume peace talks. The people of Yemen need action and an end to the violence.’’

Quick facts

  • At the September 2017 session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Canada co-sponsored a resolution which will establish, by the end of 2017, a group of eminent international and regional experts to investigate and report on the human rights situation in Yemen and to carry out a comprehensive examination of all alleged violations and abuses of human rights since 2014. 
  • In March 2017, Canada announced $34 million in life-saving humanitarian assistance to conflict-affected people in Yemen, especially women and children. An additional $7.7 million for Yemen was announced in August 2017 as part of the Famine Relief Fund. This brings Canada’s total 2017 humanitarian assistance contribution for Yemen to $41.7 million.


Adam Austen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

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