Human Rights

Houthi rebels free Yemeni activist Awfa Al Naami after three weeks

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:24

A Yemeni humanitarian worker whose detention highlighted the intimidation and torture of activists by Houthi rebels was freed on Saturday, the UN said.

Humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 00:07

An estimated 24 million people – close to 80 per cent of the population – need assistance and protection in Yemen, the UN warned on Thursday.

Yemen: 3000 cases filed for crimes against humanity

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 01:43

The National Committee to Investigate Alleged Violations of Human Rights in Yemen said yesterday that it has filed 3,000 cases against perpetrators of crimes against humanity in order to bring them to trial.

The announcement came during a seminar held by the Committee at the Coral Hotel in Khormaksar, in Yemen’s Aden province, during which the working papers were presented to the Supreme Judicial Council, the Public Prosecution Office, civil society and the Bar Association.

Deputy Minister of Human Rights, Samir Al-Shaibani, senior judges of the Supreme Court, judges from the Attorney General’s Office, representatives of civil society organisations, the Bar Association and academics also attended the seminar.

In an interview with Anadolu Agency, the head of the Committee Judge Ahmed Said Al-Muflehi said that his committee “filed 3,000 cases against perpetrators of crimes against humanity in order to bring them to trial.” Al-Muflehi pointed out that “the challenges facing the perpetrators’ prosecution, the ways to begin the actual trial process and guaranteeing the rights of the victims were discussed during the seminar.”

Committee spokeswoman Ishraq Al-Maqtari also told Anadolu that the main task of the Committee was to “collect and preserve evidence of violations against persons or entities and to establish criminal responsibility, in accordance with international law and human rights law.”

Al-Maqtari added: “We were keen to submit the files because we believe that holding the perpetrators of these violations accountable is the basis for ensuring that violations are reduced and not repeated.”

She pointed out that the investigation was being carried out in accordance with the principles and standards in force in similar international and regional committees.

The political conflict in Yemen – which has been ongoing since 2011 – combined with the civil war in the country since 2015 have resulted in hundreds of thousands of violations and crimes by the warring parties, in addition to the displacement of millions of people and the spread of famine and diseases.


H1N1 flu kills 139 in Yemen

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 02:07

H1N1 flu has killed 139 people in Yemen's northern provinces since 2018, the local health authorities said in a statement on Tuesday.

Yemen: Houthis blame Saudi-led coalition for death of conjoined twins

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 00:35

Yemen’s Houthis have blamed the Saudi-led coalition for the death of conjoined twins after they were refused permission to leave the country for medical treatment.

Conjoined twins trapped in Yemen warzone as doctors plead for evacuation

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 01:41

Conjoined twin boys born in the chaos of Yemen’s war may be evacuated to Saudi Arabia for live-saving treatment, Saudi authorities said on Thursday. 

Cancer becomes ‘death sentence’ in Yemen: WHO

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 22:46

Cancer has become a death sentence in war-torn Yemen, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. 

Hodeidah residents fear Yemen violence will rupture ceasefire

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 22:59

Houthi fighters resume planting landmines and aid workers say families are sifting through rubbish for food.

Yemen: Famine Prevention Plan - January - June 2019

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 22:54

The conflict in Yemen has escalated dramatically since nearly four years ago and is compounding an already severe protracted humanitarian crisis.

About 19 million lack access to clean water in Yemen

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 22:03

According to the UN, two-thirds of the population of the war-torn country do not have access to safe drinking water.


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