Urgent Appeal To Release Prisoners and Detainees in Yemen

Urgent Appeal To Release Prisoners and Detainees in Yemen

Urgent Appeal To Release Prisoners and Detainees in Yemen

 

Women4Yemen, Yemen

01.04.2020


Yemen has been in conflict since 2014 which has caused extreme suffering to millions of people resulting in devastating conditions.

Tens of thousands of civilians have been detained for little or no reason, treated with cruelty and unfairness, in conditions that are not fit for any living being.
It is not just the political or military prisoners who face these conditions, but also those awaiting trials or serving their sentences.

Yemen's prisons and detention facilities lack the most basic provisions. There is no water or sanitation. Inmates live in cramped quarters, with neither their dignity nor their basic rights being respected. Broken windows, rats, cockroaches, damp, dirt and leaking toilets would cause a catastrophic disaster.


THESE PEOPLE - INNOCENT OR GUILTY - WILL BE SUFFERING UNTOLD HORRORS WITH THE SPREAD OF COVID 19. THOSE AMONG THEM WHO ALREADY SUFFER FROM CHRONIC ILLNESS AND RESPIRATORY DISEASES BECAUSE OF THE CONDITIONS, WILL FACE UNDUE HARM AND POSSIBLE DEATH.

THE ISSUE OF PRISONERS' RELEASE HAS LONG BEEN ON THE AGENDA OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, AS A KEY CONFIDENCE BUILDING STEP TOWARDS PEACE. AS THE THREAT OF COVID 19 HAS INCREASED, MANY NATIONS HAVE SOUGHT THE RELEASE OF PRISONERS AS A MEANS OF REDUCING THE RISK OF IT SPREADING LIKE WILDFIRE IN OUR COMMUNITIES.

YET THE CONFLICT PARTIES IN YEMEN HAVE NOT HEEDED ANY CALLS. THE HOUTHI armed group WHO controls the highest number of detention centers in the north, The Southern Transitional Council that controls most detention centers in the South, in addition to the internationally recognized government that controls some prisons in the north and south of the country - NONE OF THEM HAVE TAKEN RESPONSIBLE ACTIONS TO PREVENT A NEW TRAGEDY UNFOLDING IN OUR MIDST. THEY DEMONSTRATE THEIR DISREGARD FOR YEMENI CITIZENS, BY CONTINUING TO COMPETE FOR POWER, IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY WILLING TO SHARE THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE LIVES AND WELLBEING OF OUR PEOPLE, OR FOR THE PROVISION OF public services and HEALTH CARE.

THE LIVES OF THE detainees and prisoners SHOULD NOT BE USED AS POLITICAL BARGAINING CHIPS. THEY ARE HUMAN BEINGS AND DESERVE TO BE TREATED HUMANELY. All parties to the conflict should address this with responsibility and in a serious manner

Conflict parties in Yemen must release all prisoners URGENTLY. Their continued detention under the current circumstances not only threatens to spread COVID-19 amongst them but also beyond prison walls. THERE ARE OPTIONS AVAILABLE according to Yemeni law. PARTIES CAN:

release prisoners under house arrest, AND/OR
put them on no-travel lists
OTHER COUNTRIES ARE DOING THIS NOW. YEMEN MUST ACT.

We ASK you to TAKE immediate action to pressure all conflict PARTIES in Yemen to release all prisoners before it is too late. YOUR VOICE AND YOUR WORDS AT THIS TIME, NOT ONLY MATTERS, BUT IT CAN SAVE LIVES, AND HELP US STEM THE SPREAD OF COVID 19. PLEASE JOIN US.

Sincerely yours,

Signatories:

1. ‎‏Abductees’ Mothers Association
2. American Center for Justice
3. Food4Humanity
4. ‎‏Freedom Foundation for media rights and freedoms
5. ‎‏Peace Track Initiative
6. ‎‏Rights Radar for human rights
7. ‎‏SAM Organization for Rights and Liberties
8. ‎‏The Yemeni Coalition for Monitoring Human Rights Violations (Rasd Coalition)
9. ‎‏Washington Center For Yemeni Studies
10. ‎‏Women4Yemen Network
11. Yemeni Archive
12. The Euro-Mediterranean Observatory for Human Rights
13. The Yemeni Legal Center
14. Tamkeen Foundation for Development and Human Rights
15. Defa’a for Rights and Freedoms
16. Skyline International for Human Rights
17. Geneva Council for Human Rights
18. Humanitarian Studied and Media Center
19. Paris Francophone Institute for Freedoms
20. International Solidarity Foundation
21. Law Protection and Social Peace Promotion Foundation
22. Detainees’ Defense Authority
23. Civil Foundation for Development (Ta’aesh)
24. Reham Al-Badr Foundation for Humanitarian and Development
25. International Authority for Peace and Human Rights
26. International Council for Rights and Relief ICRR
27. Eradah Organization to Combat Torture and Forced Disappearance

 

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Agents for Change Women as Grassroots Peacebuilding in Yemen

Agents for Change Women as Grassroots Peacebuilding in Yemen

Agents for Change Women as Grassroots Peacebuilding in Yemen

 

Women4Yemen, Yemen

09.12.2019

 

Women at the grassroots are playing a major role in peacebuilding and they can be agents for change in the current peace process in Yemen. In this report, the Women for Yemen (W4Y) Network investigates and highlights the work of those women, explores the possibilities for them to support peace and how they can do it. The research report is supported through the MENA Investigative Fund and you can download it here.

Renewal and Strengthening of Group of Eminent Experts Mandate Would Be A Victory for Peace in Yemen

Renewal and Strengthening of Group of Eminent Experts Mandate Would Be A Victory for Peace in Yemen

Renewal and Strengthening of Group of Eminent Experts Mandate Would Be A Victory for Peace in Yemen

 

Women4Yemen, Yemen

18.09.2019

Women4Yemen Network urges the Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution during the current session of the Council to renew and strengthen the mandate of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen, given the Group’s crucial role in efforts towards accountability.

“Calling for accountability, including supporting the role of the Group of Eminent Experts, is a call for peace that we, as a women’s group working for peace, always demand. The endemic impunity present in Yemen must end if we hope to achieve reconciliation in the future and rebuild the social fabric required for a peace that lasts,” says Kawkab Al-Thaibani, Director of Women4Yemen Network.

The report of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen issued on September 3r, 2019, documented human rights abuses and violations and international humanitarian law violations during the last five years, including indiscriminate and disproportionate airstrikes, indiscriminate shelling, snipers targeting civilians, the use of antipersonnel landmines, as well as arbitrary killings and detention, torture, sexual and gender-based violence, and impeding access to humanitarian aid in the midst of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

As a network that aspires for lasting peace, Women4Yemen Network sees the work of the Group of Eminent Experts as crucial, particularly as it shows the amount of abuse Yemeni women and women opponents have endured. The report mentioned violations and abuses meant to intimidate women from political participation. Highlighting the challenges women peacemakers and activists face aligns with our call that Yemeni women working in peace need additional support and protection, especially those working at a grassroots level.

The report calls for an end to warring party violations and abuses, and for greater efforts towards accountability. It highlights the role of foreign states, including the United States, Britain, France and Iran, in supporting parties to this conflict. The report recommends supporting the efforts of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen in his efforts to reach a political agreement to end the conflict and urges that accountability must be part of any efforts towards sustainable peace.

Sanctioning impunity and rewarding violence is one of the root causes of conflict in Yemen. Since the GCC-brokered initiative in 2011, and despite warning calls that granting immunity to individuals implicated in grave abuse could encourage more violence,  the international community has to date failed to take a strong stance in favor of credible accountability efforts in Yemen.

Yemen will not enjoy peace as long as local and international actors responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law and gross violations and abuses of human rights are enjoying impunity. The Group of Eminent Experts report sends a message of hope that the world can still come together to provide justice to Yemeni victims, which would help, not hinder, peace efforts. Failure to support the Group of Experts including by renewing and strengthening its mandate, would be a failure to support peace calls in Yemen and would further encourage the current culture of rewarding violence.

Women4Yemen Network
September 18, 2019
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The situation of the Yemeni women in Yemen

The situation of the Yemeni women in Yemen

The situation of the Yemeni women in Yemen

 

Women4Yemen, Yemen

30.09.2019

 

I am here on behalf of ToBe Foundation and Women4Yemen Network to present our contribution to this discussion.

 

Situation for women:

Women in Yemen are the group most affected by the ongoing conflict, taking on full responsibility for the entire household alone and with no support. 1 million pregnant women are malnourished and 2,6 million women are at risk of gender-based violence[1]. Thousands of women delved into the job market for the first time with no skills in a country with a poor service delivery system. Child marriage has tripled since 2017 and women and girls are pressured to resort to negative coping mechanisms to make a living, such as begging, prostitution, getting into debt.[2]

Women activists in peace and civil society face unprecedented levels of retaliation and oppression by all parties to the conflict, particularity by the armed groups affiliated with the Ansar Allah Movement (known as the Houthi group) or the armed groups affiliated with the UAE-US led coalition, according to the recent report by the UN’s Group of Eminent Experts (GEE). The GEE report shows how gender norms are used as a weapon of war to silence women, and we have mentioned this point in a side event at the Human Rights Council, where we say that defamation, false prostitution accusations, and sexual violence were used to create social stigma to silence women activists, particularly peace activists, and this was worsened by a crushed civil society and media blackout.

At the decision-making level, women’s participation in political life and the peace process is extremely poor. In the last peace negotiations in Stockholm, only one woman participated. Yet, women’s voluntary efforts in other tracks of peace support the peace process. Women continue to form grassroots and high-level coalitions in order to unify their voices calling for peace.

We, therefore, call for:

  1. Immediate ceasefire
  2. Ensure effective participation of women in all peace processes, with at least 30 percent representation.
  3. Revive the peace process.
  4. Ceasing arms supplies in Yemen.
  5. Peace process should be inclusive and not only to those who cause conflict.
  6. Provide protection to women activists campaigning for peace and human rights.
  7. Pressuring all conflict parties to end all forms of sexual violence against women.
  8. Mainstream gender in all processes; women and civil society should be included in all committees and entities resulting from negotiations.
  9. Ensuring accountability for all violations in Yemen.
  10. Supporting grassroots women-led peace organizations such as the Association of the Mothers of Abductees.
  11. Working for respecting the humanitarian law and accountability measures by all parties. This must include to hold the international community accountable, the Swedish government and all other stakeholders who signed UNSCR 1325 and have shown commitment.

[1] UNFPA

[2] Humanitarian Needs Review, 2019

Resources:

  1. Group of Eminent International and Regional Experts on Yemen*. (2019). Situation of human rights in Yemen, including violations and abuses since September 2014. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
  2. Hagedorn, E. (2019). Yemeni women activists escape war with the help of a global, underground network. PRI.
  3. Joint Statement. (n.d.). A call for peace in Yemen and women’s meaningful participation. UN Women; 1325; SAF Yemen.
  4. SAM Organization for Human Rights. (2019). ماذا بقي لنا؟[What has been left for us?].
  5. UNOCHA. (2019 ). Humanitarian Needs Review.
  6. Women4Yemen Network. (2018). Arbitrary arrest and detention of Yemeni Women jeopardizes gender equality and peace; threatens Stockholm Agreement. Women4Yemen Network.
  7. Women4Yemen Network. (2019). WFP decision to halt aid is an indicator of a larger problem of crushed civil space, affecting the lives of millions of Yemenis and threatening opportunities for sustainable peace. Women4Yemen Network.

The paper is a joint paper by Women4Yemen Network and ToBe Foundation organized by Operation 1325. The panel included Green Monica from UN Women in Sweden and Peter Semneby, the Sweden’s Envoy to Yemen. 

Lina Al-Hassani On Behalf of  Women4Yemen Network (Partner) ToBe Foundation (Director)

The Suffering of Yemeni Asylum Seekers in Transit Countries is Invisible

The Suffering of Yemeni Asylum Seekers in Transit Countries is Invisible

The Suffering of Yemeni Asylum Seekers in Transit Countries is Invisible

 

Women4Yemen, Yemen

27.08.2019

 

Research by:

Wadha Abdo - Principal researcher - Head of the Refugees and Immigrants portfolio, Women4Yemen Network

The Suffering of Yemeni Asylum Seekers in Transit Countries is Invisible

 

Contributors:

Kawkab al-Thaibani, Director, Women4Yemen Network - Review and editing

Jane Feeney - Proofreading and editing, Consultant, Women4Yemen Network

Dr.Boshra Sasaah – Translation and follow-up, Women4Yemen Network

 

Special thanks to:

Wojood Community to support Yemeni refugees in Egypt.

The Voluntary Committee for the Defense of Yemeni Refugees in Malaysia.

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