• The fragile transition government failed to address multiple human rights challenges in 2013. Conflict-related abuses, legally sanctioned discrimination against women, judicial executions of child offenders, and non-accountability for the previous government’s human rights violations all persisted. Clashes continued between state security forces and armed factions demanding greater autonomy in southern Yemen and between Salafist groups and armed tribesmen and Huthis in the north. The Yemeni government and the United States continued to engage in military operations with the Islamist armed group Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Yemen continued to face a growing humanitarian crisis, with nearly half the population lacking sufficient food, according to UN agencies.
  • At least 142 people are being held in the Sanaa Central Prison in Yemen because of a debt or fine they are unable to pay. The prison director says he is holding 142 people for those reasons, though prisoners say there are many more. Yemeni authorities should release people imprisoned solely because they are unable to pay debts or fines.

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  • Apr 21, 2014
    At least 142 people are being held in the Sanaa Central Prison in Yemen because of a debt or fine they are unable to pay. The prison director says he is holding 142 people for those reasons, though prisoners say there are many more. Yemeni authorities should release people imprisoned solely because they are unable to pay debts or fines.
  • Apr 9, 2014
    Statement made by Steve Goose at the intersessional meeting of the Mine Ban Treaty in Geneva
  • Apr 8, 2014
    Memorandum to Mine Ban Treaty Delegates, April 2014
  • Apr 8, 2014
  • Apr 7, 2014
    Human Rights Watch released a video showing the plight of families of Yemeni detainees. All Guantanamo detainees should be returned or resettled, or charged and prosecuted in US federal courts.
  • Mar 27, 2014
    EU states often deplore legally questionable actions by foreign governments. Yet they have hesitated to do the same when it comes to their close ally, the United States.
  • Mar 24, 2014
    America has carried out at least 400 drone strikes since US President Barack Obama took office, reportedly killing upwards of 2,600 people, according to independent research groups – reveals Letta Tayler.
  • Mar 18, 2014
    There was widespread destruction of schools in direct attacks, including air strikes, bombing, shelling and looting, as well as in general fighting and in clashes during protests. Schools and universities were used as barracks, bases and firing positions.
  • Mar 13, 2014
    Yemeni security forces apparently used excessive lethal force against peaceful demonstrators in Aden on February 20 and 21, 2014. The government should promptly, impartially, and thoroughly investigate the incident, which left one protester dead and five wounded, and hold all those responsible for abuses to account.
  • Feb 20, 2014
    A deadly US drone strike on a December 2013 wedding procession in Yemen raises serious concerns about US forces’ compliance with President Barack Obama’s targeted killing policy, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.