Stop Funding War Toolkit

Call to Action

Five Facts you need to know about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  1. $2.6 trillion worth arms bought by Saudi Arabia from the USA, Canada, France, the UK, and many more countries.[1]
  2. Over 10,000 Yemeni civilians have been injured or killed by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes[2] with more than 22 million people - three-quarters of Yemen’s population - in need of humanitarian aid[3], and 14 million - half the total population - are at risk of famine.[4] The UN has described Yemen as the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The use of explosive weapons in populated areas leads to violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.
  3. The UN reported that the Saudi-led coalition air strikes have caused most direct civilian casualties, including airstrikes that have hit residential areas, markets, funerals, weddings, detention facilities, civilian boats, and even medical facilities. These attacks may amount to war crimes.[5]
  4. At least 15 Saudi women’s rights activists have been jailed since May 2018[6] for speaking out in support of women’s rights and demanding an end to the male guardianship system; a system that renders women as legal minors. Some of these activists campaigned to lift the driving ban in Saudi Arabia - the ban was lifted but they could face charges of high treason.
  5. The same Saudi government that is allegedly involved in the murder of the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, is behind the decisions to jail activists including women rights defenders and to import foreign arms deals that are enabling a war which is killing civilians and starving them in Yemen.

Since May 2018 Women’s March Global has been advocating for the release of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) who were arrested in Saudi Arabia. Over 240,000 people have signed our Change.org petition calling on the United Nations to demand the immediate and unconditional release of all activists being detained solely for their human rights work. Yet the Saudi government continues to oppress and silence WHRD’s and lead the war in Yemen where thousands of civilians have been killed or injured and thousands of children dying of hunger and disease.[7] As global citizens, it is our duty to call on our governments to suspend their arms sales to Saudi Arabia, condemn the Saudi government’s heinous human rights, and demand the immediate and unconditional release of Saudi activists.[8]

Germany was one of the first countries to halt their arms deals with KSA.[9] In August 2018, Canada became one of the first countries to speak out against the recent arrests of human rights activists and urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them all. Canada has called for an “immediate ceasefire in Yemen” and the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has said he wouldn't hesitate to freeze arms export permits concerning Saudi Arabia.[10] However, he didn't say if Canada would cancel a 2014 multi-billion dollar deal to supply light-armored vehicles to the Saudis.[11]

Women’s March Global (WMG) applauds Germany and Switzerland for suspending arms sales and calling for the release of the activists and urges other countries to do the same. We also applaud Canada for publicly calling for the release of the activists and urge it to also halt arms sales. Jamal Khashoggi’s murder sparked global outcry as to what is happening in Saudi Arabia. However, Saudi Arabia’s abuse of women rights activists and the killings and starvation of thousands of civilians in Yemen, is not new.[12]

The Saudi government is behind the decisions to possibly execute and jail women rights defenders, import foreign arms deals, and enable and lead a war which is killing civilians and starving people in Yemen.[13] We are at a very crucial stage where world leaders and key Saudi allies in the United States, Europe, and throughout the world, need to stand up for Yemeni civilians, for human rights and for those who defend them.

Women’s March Global and our Coalition partners - International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), Americans for Democracy & Human Rights Bahrain (ADHRB), Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), and CIVICUS - ask you to join us in this campaign for calling for an end to arms sales to KSA and the immediate and unconditional release of Saudi activists.

Take Action

Contact the representatives from these countries to ask them to halt arms sales into Saudi Arabia and demand the immediate and unconditional release of Saudi activists (listed in order of total arms sales date from the past 7 years arms sales). Follow the steps below:

  1. Email the contacts using the sample email and list of contacts below.
  2. Bcc [email protected] so we can track how many emails are sent!
  3. Share the action on your social media!
  4. Sign the Change.org Petition calling on the United Nations to hold Saudi Arabia accountable.

Sample Email

Dear [respected officials]:

Jamal Khashoggi’s murder sparked global outcry as to what is happening in Saudi Arabia. However, Saudi Arabia’s crackdown against women rights activists fighting the abusive and discriminatory male guardianship system and the killings and starvation of thousands of civilians in Yemen is not new.

The Saudi government is behind the decisions to possibly execute and jail women’s rights defenders, import foreign arms deals that are enabling it to lead a war which is killing civilians and starving people in Yemen.[14] We are at a very crucial stage where world leaders and key Saudi allies in the United States, Europe, and throughout the world, need to stand up for Yemeni civilians, for human rights and for those who defend them. Your government has sold _________ in arms to Saudi Arabia. We call on you to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Stop Funding War. We also call on you to demand the Saudi government to immediately and unconditionally release all Saudi activists.


[Your Signature]

Arms Sales to KSA by Country

The United States, the top arms provider to the KSA, has sold a total of $2.5 trillion.[15]
Call 212-415-4062 or
go to: https://usun.state.gov/contact
Geneva: Call 022 749 41 11 or Email: [email protected]

The United Kingdom has sold a total of $9.2 billion in arms deal with KSA.[16]
Call UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office: +44 7008 1500 or
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Geneva: Call 022 918 23 00

Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
Foreign Secretary
House of Commons,
London, SW1A 0AA
Via email: [email protected]

Belgium has sold a total of $6.4 billion in arms deal with KSA.[17]
Call 212-378-6300 or
Email: [email protected]
Geneva: Call 022 730 40 0

Germany has sold a total of $2.8 billion in arms deal with KSA.[18]
Call 212-940-0400 8* or
Email: [email protected]
a: Call 022 730 11 11 or Email: [email protected]
Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland and Norway (as of 23 Nov, 2018) have halted the arms sales and urge them to keep this decision and not re-authorise any future arms sales.

Canada has sold a total of $2.5 billion in arms deal with KSA.[19]
Call 212- 848-1100 or
Email: [email protected]
Geneva: Call 022 919 92 00 or Email: [email protected]

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland
Email: [email protected]

Switzerland has sold a total of $2.5 billion in arms deal with KSA.[20]
Call 212- 286-1540 or
Email: [email protected]
Geneva: Call 058 482 24 24 or Email: [email protected]
Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland and Norway (as of 23 Nov, 2018) have halted the arms sales and urge them to keep this decision and not reauthorise any future arms sales.

France has sold a total of $919 million in arms deal with KSA.[21] In 2017, potential French sales of more than $14.7 billion were approved.[22]
Call 212-702-4900 or
Email: [email protected]
Geneva: Call 022 758 91 13 or Email: [email protected]

Turkey has sold a total of $884 million in arms deal with KSA.[23]
Call 212-949-0150 or
Email: [email protected]
Geneva: Call 022 918 50 80 or Email: [email protected]

Sweden has sold a total of $670 million in arms deal with KSA.[24]
Call 212-583-2500 or
Email: [email protected]
Geneva: Call 022 908 08 00 or Email: [email protected]

Finland has sold a total of $114 million in arms deal with KSA.[25]
Call 212-355-2100 or
Email: [email protected]
Geneva: Call 022 919 42 42 or Email: [email protected]
Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland and Norway (as of 23 Nov, 2018) have halted the arms sales and urge them to keep this decision and not reauthorise any future arms sales.

South Africa has sold a total of $42.3 million in arms deal with KSA.[26]
Call 212-213-5583 or
Email: [email protected]
Geneva: Call 022 849 54 54 or Email: [email protected]

Austria has sold a total of 87 weapons to KSA. The amount is unknown.[27]
Call 917-542-8400 or
Email: [email protected]

Geneva: Call 022 748 20 48 or Email: [email protected]

Bulgaria has sold a total of 815 weapons to KSA. The amount is unknown.[28]
Call 212- 737-4790 or
Email: [email protected]
Geneva: Call 022 798 03 00 or Email: [email protected]

China has sold a total of 7 weapons to KSA. The amount is unknown.[29]
Call 212-655-6100 or
Email: [email protected]
Geneva: Call 022 879 56 78 – 022 879 56 04 or Email: [email protected]

Georgia has sold a total of 100 weapons to KSA. The amount is unknown.[30]
Call 212-759-1949 or
Email: [email protected]
Geneva: Call 022 919 10 10 or Email: [email protected]

Italy has sold a total of 38 weapons to KSA. The amount is unknown.[31]
Call 212-486-9191 or
Email: [email protected]
Geneva: Call 022 918 08 10 or Email: [email protected]

The Netherlands has sold a total of 225 weapons to KSA. The amount is unknown.[32]
Call 212-519-9500 or
Email: [email protected]
Geneva: Call 022 748 18 00 or Email: [email protected]

Serbia has sold a total of 852 weapons to KSA. The amount is unknown.[33]
Call 212-879-8700 or
Email: [email protected]
Geneva: Call 022 839 33 44 or Email: [email protected]

Slovakia has sold a total of 36 weapons to KSA. The amount is unknown.[34]
Call 212-286-8880 or
Email: [email protected]
Geneva: Call 022 747 74 00 or Email: [email protected]

Spain has sold a total of 10 weapons to KSA. The amount is unknown.[35]
Call 212-661-1050 or
Email: [email protected]
Geneva: Call 022 909 28 30 or Email: [email protected]

KSA has ordered a total of 6 weapons from Ukraine. It is yet to be delivered.[36]
Call 212-759-7003 or
Email: [email protected]
Geneva: Call 022 734 38 01 or Email: [email protected]

Partner Organisations

  • International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)
  • Americans for Democracy & Human Rights Bahrain (ADHRB)
  • Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), and;
  • CIVICUS

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References

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  2. Between 26 March 2015 and 9 August 2018, the United Nations Human Rights Office has documented a total of 17,062 civilian casualties – 6,592 dead and 10,470 injured. The majority of these casualties - 10,471 - were as a result of airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led Coalition. OHCHR | Freedom of Religion: UN Expert Hails Albania, but Notes New Challenges and Unresolved Issues from the Past, www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=23439&LangID=E.
  3. “Yemen: Tackling the World's Largest Humanitarian Crisis | UN News.” United Nations, United Nations, news. un.org/en/story/2018/09/1020232.
  4. “Half the Population of Yemen at Risk of Famine: UN Emergency Relief Chief | UN News.” United Nations, United Nations, news. un.org/en/story/2018/10/1023962
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  6. Four have been initially released since then.
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