Reverse the “Terrorist” Designation on the Houthis!
Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently announced Yemen's Houthis will now be categorized as a foreign terrorist organization. This designation will make it nearly impossible for humanitarian groups to send the aid millions of Yemenis need to survive. Sign our petition to President-elect Joe Biden and incoming Secretary of State Anthony Blinken demanding they undo this designation!
We, the undersigned, are asking that the incoming Biden administration reverse the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) designations of the Houthis (Ansarallah) in Yemen as soon as possible. Secretary of State Pompeo announced in January that he was going to designate the Houthis as an FTO. This decision will have disastrous outcomes in the region. Designating the Houthis as a terrorist organization just days before a new administration comes to power will wreak havoc on the peace process and deny the Yemeni people the self-determination they deserve.
Congresspeople have already spoken out against this designation as being not only inaccurate but profoundly detrimental to the country of Yemen. Senators Young, Murphy, and Coons issued a joint statement about Yemen in late November. They stated that designating the Houthis as a terrorist organization “would almost certainly prevent the critical delivery of food, medical supplies, and other items necessary to combat both COVID-19 and famine.” Senators Young, Murphy, and Coons correctly stated that this designation would prolong the war and that the US does not gain anything by making this designation.
Senator Young on January 11th stated, “Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, one that has been exacerbated by ill-advised policies by senior U.S. government officials in recent years. Creating new, additional obstacles to the delivery of food and medical aid — during a global pandemic — is not in the best interest of the United States, our regional allies and partners, or the people of Yemen.”
The designation of the Houthis as a terrorist organization only worsens the conditions in Yemen and puts up roadblocks to ending the war that has devastated the country. The Biden administration, along with its efforts to end US involvement in the war, must reverse this designation on day one in order to ensure humanitarian aid is still able to get through to the Yemeni people who need it.