Yemen

UK court ruling a 'deadly blow' to Yemeni civilians NEWS - 10/07/2017

A United Kingdom court ruling that the United Kingdom government is entitled to continue authorising arms supplies to Saudi Arabia is a potentially deadly setback to Yemeni civilians. Read more.

Amnesty International had previously said how the United States and the United Kingdom were fuelling serious violations that have caused devastating civilian suffering in Yemen through multi-billion dollar arms to Saudi Arabia that vastly overshadow their humanitarian efforts. Read more.

Amnesty International has also corroborated new evidence that the Saudi Arabia-led coalition has fired Brazilian manufactured rockets containing banned cluster munitions striking three residential areas and surrounding farmland in the middle of Sa'da City, injuring two civilians and causing material damage. Read more.



Amnesty has called on Saudi Arabia to immediately abandon all use of cluster munitions, destroy its stockpile and accede to the international Convention on Cluster Munitions after its surprise admission on 19 December 2016 that it used the inherently indiscriminate weapon in Yemen. Read more.

A photoblog from the conflict is available here.

The Saudi Arabia's led coalition's investigative mechanism, the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT), published a series of legal conclusions in 2016 surrounding specific air strike incidents where concerns have been raised that international humanitarian law may have been breached. Amnesty International has reviewed all publicly available legal and factual conclusions and in response has expressed concerns that the JIAT's investigations appear to be falling short of international standards including those of transparency, independence, impartiality and effectiveness. Read more.

Amnesty International has written to the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres to set out what it considers are the issues he may wish to prioritise in respect to the Yemen conflict. Read more.

Amnesty's written statement to the 34th regular session of the Human Rights Council can be found here. Amnesty's oral statement can be found here.

Investigation needed into torture network - NEWS - 22/06/2017
Amnesty International is calling for an urgent investigation into reports by the Associated Press that United Arab Emirates and its allied Yemeni security forces are arbitrarily detaining and torturing detainees. The detainees are also being interrogated by United States forces in a network of secret prisons in southern Yemen. Read more.

Academic held incommunicado - URGENT ACTION - 23/06/2017
Mustafa al-Mutawakel, a professor and political figure, has been held incommunicado by the internationally recognised Yemeni government forces in an unknown location since 27 April 2017. He is in urgent need of medical care and at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. Take action.

Family visits denied for detained journalistsURGENT ACTION UPDATE - 31/05/2017
A group of 10 Yemeni journalists arbitrarily detained by Huthi forces since 9 June 2015 were interrogated in May 2017 and have since been denied regular access to their families. They are currently detained in the capital Sana'a and are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Take action.

Amnesty International was among a number of NGOs who demanded the release of the journalists on the second anniversary of their detention. Read more.

Joint letter to ambassadors of the UN Security Council - JOINT LETTER - 08/05/2017
Amnesty International was one of a number of human rights and civil liberties organisations to write to the ambassadors of the United Nations Security Council to raise serious concerns about recent efforts by the government of Yemen to silence renowned human rights advocates and civil society leaders. Read more.

Baha'i community faces persecution - NEWS- 28/04/2017
More than 20 Baha'i men and women are at risk of immediate arrest by Huthi-Saleh authorities in Sana'a in the continuing persecution of members of the Baha'i community. Read more.

In a joint statement with Mwatana Organisation for Human Rights, Amnesty International has called on the Huthi-Saleh authorities in Yemen to immediately and unconditionally release Hamid Haydara, a prisoner of conscience who is being held and tried on account of his conscientiously held beliefs and peaceful activities as a member of the Baha'i community. He has recently been transferred to solitary confinement. Read more.

Mounting fears for civilian safety in Hodeidah - NEWS - 25/04/2017
Fears are growing for the safety of civilians in the strategic western port city of Hodeidah amid reports that a major offensive by the Saudi Arabian-led coalition is due to get under way soon. Read more.

Journalist sentenced to death by Huthi forces - NEWS - 13/04/2017
On 12 April 2017, Huthi forces in control of the Yemeni capital Sana'a sentenced Yahia al-Jubaihi, a journalist, who had been arbitrarily detained since September 2016, to death for allegedly communicating with Saudi Arabian-led coalition forces. Read more.

Huthi forces recruiting child soldiers - NEWS - 28/02/2017
New evidence has emerged of how the Huthi armed group is actively recruiting boys as young as 15 to fight as child soldiers on the front lines of the conflict in Yemen. Amnesty International has spoken to the families of three boys targeted in February 2017 by the appalling practice which violates international law. The families also confirmed the recruitment of a fourth local boy. Read more.

Baha'i man arbitrarily detained - URGENT ACTION UPDATE - 21/01/2017
Keyvan Qadari, a Yemeni Baha'i, has been arbitrarily detained since 10 August 2016 and held incommunicado intermittently. Despite a release order, he remains detained without charge and is a prisoner of conscience. Take action.

Two men forcibly disappeared - URGENT ACTION - 18/01/2017
The fate and whereabouts of two members of Yemen's Baha'i community remain unknown following their arrest on 11 January 2017. They have been denied contact with their families and lawyer, and are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Take action.

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