• Dispatches
    May 18, 2015
  • Letter
    May 13, 2015
    This joint letter, signed by 10 different organizations, was sent to President Obama on May 13, 2015, concerning drone strike investigations and accountability
  • Press release
    May 13, 2015
    Pro-Houthi forces have launched apparently dozens of artillery rockets from northern Yemen indiscriminately into southern Saudi Arabia since May 5, 2015. At least 12 civilians have been killed and over a dozen others wounded, Saudi government sources said. Residents of the Saudi border city of Najran confirmed official government and media accounts that the strikes damaged both military and civilian structures there.
  • Press release
    May 12, 2015
    The Houthi armed group in Yemen has intensified its recruitment, training, and deployment of children in violation of international law. Since September 2014, when the Houthis, also known as Ansar Allah, took control of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, they have increasingly used children as scouts, guards, runners, and fighters, with some children being wounded and killed.
  • Dispatches
    May 11, 2015
  • Press release
    May 10, 2015
    The Saudi Arabia-led coalition’s blockade of Yemen is keeping out fuel needed for the Yemeni population’s survival in violation of the laws of war. Yemen is in urgent need of fuel to power generators for hospitals overwhelmed with wounded from the fighting and to pump water to civilian residences.
  • Press release
    May 9, 2015
    Saudi authorities have conducted a concerted campaign since 2013 to detain and deport hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrant workers, resulting in abuses against many of them, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
  • Press release
    May 7, 2015
  • Press release
    May 3, 2015
    Credible evidence indicates that the Saudi-led coalition used banned cluster munitions supplied by the United States in airstrikes against Houthi forces in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said today. Cluster munitions pose long-term dangers to civilians and are prohibited by a 2008 treaty adopted by 116 countries, though not Saudi Arabia, Yemen, or the United States.
  • Press release
    Apr 22, 2015
    An airstrike by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition that destroyed a humanitarian aid warehouse in northern Yemen on April 18, 2015, was an apparent violation of the laws of war. The attack in Saada killed at least one unidentified man outside the facility of the international aid organization Oxfam, which had provided the building’s coordinates to the coalition to keep it from being targeted.
  • Press release
    Apr 17, 2015
    Unidentified militia fired on a hospital in southern Yemen that pro-Houthi soldiers had endangered, in violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said today. All parties to Yemen’s conflict should take necessary measures to ensure that medical facilities and personnel do not come under attack so that patients can be treated.
  • Press release
    Apr 15, 2015
    Airstrikes by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition that hit a dairy factory in Yemen on March 31, 2015, killed at least 31 civilians and wounded another 11. The governments that participated in the attacks should investigate the airstrikes, which may have been indiscriminate or disproportionate, in violation of the laws of war.
  • Commentary
    Apr 15, 2015
    The Saudi Arabia¬–led bombing campaign in Yemen is off to a dreadful start, at least when it comes to the civilian toll. During the first week of military operations against Houthi fighters, the Arab coalition’s warplanes struck heavily populated areas in the capital, Sanaa, and other civilian centers. Dozens of civilians, including children, died in the strikes.
  • Letter
    Apr 13, 2015
  • Letter
    Apr 13, 2015
  • Press release
    Apr 13, 2015
  • Press release
    Apr 7, 2015
    Houthi forces apparently used unnecessary lethal force against demonstrators in Taizz and al-Turbba on March 24, 2015. Houthi authorities should immediately investigate the incidents, in which at least 7 people were killed and more than 83 others were injured. Houthi commanders should make sure their forces comply with international law enforcement standards when dealing with demonstrations.
  • Q & A
    Apr 6, 2015
  • Press release
    Apr 6, 2015
  • Press release
    Apr 1, 2015
    The airstrikes by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition that hit a displaced persons’ camp in northern Yemen on March 30, 2015, raised grave concerns about violations of the laws of war. The airstrikes killed at least 29 civilians and wounded 41, including 14 children and 11 women. They hit a medical facility at the camp, a local market, and a bridge, according to initial reports from the World Health Organization.
  • Press release
    Mar 28, 2015
    The Saudi Arabia-led coalition of Arab countries that conducted airstrikes in Yemen on March 26 and 27, 2015, killed at least 11 and possibly as many as 34 civilians during the first day of bombings in Sanaa, the capital, Human Rights Watch said today. The 11 dead included 2 children and 2 women. Saudi and other warplanes also carried out strikes on apparent targets in the cities of Saada, Hodaida, Taiz, and Aden.
  • Press release
    Mar 23, 2015
    Houthi forces and others in Yemen have committed a spate of attacks and other abuses against the media amid deteriorating political and security conditions.
  • Press release
    Feb 22, 2015
    Yemeni security forces and militia have beaten peaceful protesters and mistreated those arrested during demonstrations in the capital, Sanaa, since late January 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should hold those responsible for serious abuses accountable, and rescind an indefinite ban on unauthorized protests issued on February 8.
  • Written statement
    Feb 10, 2015
    We write in advance of the 62th Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and its review of the Republic of Yemen’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). This submission addresses articles 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, and 16 of the convention.
  • Commentary
    Feb 5, 2015
    The present global turmoil has intensified the debate over whether pursuing justice in fragile and transitional countries leads to instability. Yet Yemen has been brought to the brink of collapse at least in part by a failure to pay heed to demands for justice. Yemen's political class, with the tacit support of the main regional actors, may have helped bring about the country's instability, chaos and escalating violence.
  • Press release
    Feb 4, 2015
    The Yemeni government should drop all charges against a member of the Baha’i faith, which violate his basic rights to freedom of religion.
  • Press release
    Jan 29, 2015
    Yemen’s government has not followed up on promises to take decisive measures to ensure justice for past human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. The government should also pass legislation to end child marriage and female genital mutilation, and reform laws that discriminate against women.
  • Commentary
    Jan 22, 2015
    Yemen’s post-“Arab spring” transition took a sharp new turn on Monday, when the Houthis—a once marginalized Zaidi Shia insurgency group from northern Yemen that prefers to be called Ansar Allah—staged an apparently successful coup after months of careful groundwork. Its fighters surrounded the presidential palace without major bloodshed and, after forging alliances to ensure that the military would not come to his aid, forced President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi to leave the compound.
  • Press release
    Jan 11, 2015
    Yemeni authorities should credibly and impartially investigate the apparent extrajudicial execution of a leading political activist in Aden on December 15, 2014, and bring those responsible to justice. Khaled al-Junaidi, 42, died from a gunshot to the back after witnesses saw members of Yemen’s Special Security Forces take him into custody in an armored vehicle.
  • Dispatches
    Jan 8, 2015