Rachel Hage


The conflict in Yemen wages on, and many states, including Saudi Arabia and the United States, have been complicit in human rights violations. The United States’ current and past administrations have continued to sell arms to Saudi Arabia despite multiple international organizations’ documenting the state’s human rights violations. This Article argues that, despite the lack of transparency regarding how much support the United States is lending to Saudi Arabia arms being used in Yemen, the United States may be held responsible for human rights violations in Yemen. The Arms Export Control Act (AECA) provides the U.S. President with the authority and responsibility for the exportation of defense articles and services. Under the AECA, specifically 22 U.S.C. § 2785, the United States fails to comply with arms sales requirements by not sufficiently performing end-use monitoring, failing to ensure arms sold to Saudi Arabia are used for their intended purpose, and breaking international law as cited under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.