Jobbik condemns the use of cluster munitions in Yemen

Jobbik Movement for a Better Hungary has been greatly concerned to receive news of the fights going on in Yemen for over a month. So far already 1200 civilians have lost their lives and 300 thousand were forced to leave their homes. According to the data supplied by the Human Rights Watch, the Saudi Air Force used so-called cluster bombs against the Shiite rebels.

As it is known, cluster bombs are unfit for precision targeting, causing intolerable suffering for the civilians and pointless destruction of non-military infrastructure. Furthermore, the submunitions of the bomb are scattered in a large area, posing a threat even after the conflict is over.

That is why the Convention on Cluster Munitions to ban such weapons was signed in 2008, which Hungary joined in 2012, too. We are legally as well as morally obligated to protest against the use of such bombs.

Jobbik calls upon Saudi Arabia, a country enjoying American support in this conflict, to immediately abandon the deployment of cluster bombs and reminds the Hungarian government to use every possible forums in order to object to the use of such weapons and to promote sending humanitarian aid to the people of Yemen.


Márton Gyöngyösi, deputy leader of Jobbik's Parliamentary Group