Feb. 28, 2017

Yemen communications: May 1, 2011 to February 28, 2017

yemen-flagThis page summarizes cases raised with Yemen by the Special Rapporteur between May 1, 2011, (when the Special Rapporteur took up his functions) and February 28, 2017 (the date of the last public release of communications). Communications are released to the public once per year. This page also contains observations on these communications and on responses received from Yemen.

Communications and observations are divided into sections based upon which observation report they originally appeared.

Each communication is referenced as urgent appeal (UA), allegation letter (AL), joint urgent appeal (JUA) and joint allegation letter (JAL) – the hyperlinks lead to these documents. This is followed by the date the communication was issued, as well as the case number and the State reply (also hyperlinked if available).

Summaries and communications are published only in the language of submission (in the case of Yemen, English).

First Report (May 1, 2011 to March 15, 2012)


Second Report (March 16, 2012 to February 28, 2013)


Third Report (March 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014)


Fourth Report (March 1, 2014 to February 28, 2015)


Fifth Report (March 1, 2015 to February 28, 2016)


Sixth Report (March 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017)

  1. Joint allegation letter, Case no. YEM 2/2016 State reply: None Allegations of harassment and arbitrary arrest of a human rights defender, as well as of a smear campaign on the Internet against him and a non-governmental organisation.


Responses to communications
The Special Rapporteur regrets that no response was received to date relating to the allegations contained in his communication. He considers responses to the questions raised in his communications as an important part of the cooperation of Governments with his mandate, in accordance with Human Rights Council resolutions 24/5 (2013), 21/16 (2012) and 15/21 (2010). In the absence of information to the contrary, the Special Rapporteur concludes that there is substance in the allegations presented in his communication.

Environment in which these rights are exercised
The Special Rapporteur reiterates his concerns about the repeated harassment and allegedly arbitrary arrests of Mr. Abdulrasheed Al-Faqih as measures of retaliation and intimidation against his legitimate and peaceful human rights work at the Mwatana Organisation for Human Rights. He further stresses his concerns at the smear campaign on the Internet directed at Mr. Al-Faqih and the Mwatana Organisation for Human Rights and the deterrent effect it may have on the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of association.

He reiterates his recommendation to the Government to put in place an enabling and safe environment that is conducive to the free expression of civil society and political activists allowing individuals to exercise their legitimate freedom of association without undue hindrances. He calls upon the authorities of Yemen to investigate any allegations of human rights violations, including acts of intimidation or harassment, committed against those exercising their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.

For the full reports, containing communications, replies and observations for all countries, see the following links:

Report A/HRC/20/27/Add.3: May 1, 2011 to March 15, 2012

Report A/HRC/23/39/Add.2: March 16, 2012 to February 28, 2013

Report A/HRC/26/29/Add.1: March 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014

Report A/HRC/29/25/Add.3: March 1, 2014 to February 28, 2015

Report A/HRC/32/36/Add.3: March 1, 2015 to February 28, 2016

Report A/HRC/35/28/Add.4: March 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017