Human Rights and Democracy 2014-15

Yemen

This is one of 27 human rights priority countries included in the latest annual FCO Human Rights Report. Updates are published on the GOV.UK website every six months to highlight key human rights events in these countries, and to report on actions that the UK has taken.

Comments on the main report or updates can be made below. They will be monitored and moderated by staff at the Human Rights and Democracy Department at the FCO who will also try and answer as many questions as possible.

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6 comments on “Yemen

  1. Waleed Al-Rwaishan says:

    if possible, if you could explain to me how Yemen is a country of concern while facing a humanitarian crisis where the Yemen is unable to meet the basic needs for its citizens?

    1. FCO Human Rights says:

      For this year’s report, we continued to use the criteria for inclusion as a country of concern that we published in 2013: gravity of the human rights situation – this is the most important assessment that we make, and not affected by levels of UK interest or influence; regional impact of a deterioration or improvement in the human rights situation; wider UK interests affected; and UK engagement and ability to influence. We continue to have concerns about the human rights situation in Yemen, and will continue to work closely with Yemeni stakeholders and other Friends of Yemen to help build a platform for a more secure and prosperous future.

  2. yusuf bagail says:

    REF: Emergency Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

    I am writing to share my families concerns and reach out for urgent and desperate help regarding the humanitarian situation of civilians affected by the armed conflict in Yemen. My family is third British generation, born and bred British citizens. We happily and safely reside and work in the United Kingdom but due to recent ongoing event in the Yemen, my family is going through a distressing and dreadful time due to the war and humanitarian situation in Yemen.

    I have an older sister residing in Sana’a Yemen with her four children. My older sister and her children are living in a dreadful and horrifying condition. They are facing a humanitarian crisis and constantly fearing for their lives. They are living in constant air bombing, lack of food, lack of water, no electricity and have nobody and nowhere else to turn to; except her mother, father, sisters and brother that are all living in the United Kingdom. The situation in Yemen is so horrendous the injuries and death doll is mounting rapidly and their lives are in great risk.

    The rapid escalation of violence in Yemen is devastating. Since March 19th 2015 hundreds of people have been killed and injured, including children. Hospitals are struggling to cope, shops have closed, water and electricity supplies have been cut off, tens of thousands of people have fled their homes, and much higher levels of displacement are anticipated.
    Humanitarian situation is getting worse in Yemen due to limited access, aid agencies have equally limited knowledge of the humanitarian needs of civilians caught up in the conflict. The UN estimates the fighting has displaced 150,000 people, about 60 percent of whom are displaced, with the remainder having fled to the neighbouring countries. Unknown numbers have sought refuge in Saudi Arabia, and neighbouring countries only to be stopped at the border or deported back to Yemen in violation of the international legal prohibition.

    The humanitarian situation is heading for catastrophe. Over 60% of Yemen’s populations already depend on humanitarian aid and children are suffering from malnutrition. The situation is deteriorating with the country coming to a standstill with a lack of fuel leading to a severe lack of basic services and commodities.

    I cannot sit back and watch this crisis unfold, I have to try and save my sister, nephews and nieces lives. I daily watch clips of air strikes hitting nearby building located near my sister’s neighbourhood and I pray that they are not next.

    I firstly appeal to my own British Government to stand up, make a real difference and save my sister and her children’s lives. We have no other alternative but to seek help from our country the United Kingdom. I understand that the British government cannot help everybody in every global catastrophe situation but I believe UK government can assist by accepting family asylum seekers from the Yemen that have British family in the UK under our international asylum obligations.

    The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti has recognised and has already begun to address some of humanitarian issues in Yemen. The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti has already begun assisting individuals who are able to safely depart Yemen and arrive into Djibouti. Even if they have U.S. citizen or have U.S. citizen siblings, spouse, children, parents in Yemen. The U.S. embassy has dedicated a special team set up assist U.S. citizens and their families still in Yemen by providing options for departure and processing urgent visa application for U.S. family members.

    I furthermore believe that our British government has to step up considerably before my sister and her family situation gets intolerable. I dread that dark unimaginable moment of informing my elderly fragile parents that their daughter and grandchildren have been killed, I will not forgive myself. I ask that you act to this matter with the utmost urgency. The lives of my sister and family depend on your prompt response.

    I extend my personal thanks for taking time in reading this letter and I hope and pray that you can help. Your cooperation and support will be greatly appreciated in this matter.

    Thanks

    1. FCO Human Rights says:

      The FCO offers consular assistance to British nationals in difficulty around the world. However, the FCO also has a duty of care to its employees and will not send them into a situation where we judge that their safety could be seriously at risk. We currently have no consular representation in Yemen which makes it difficult to assist people there. In addition, for the past four years FCO Travel Advice has consistently advised against all travel to Yemen and has advised British nationals to leave via commercial means while there were still available options.

      The FCO has provided extensive assistance to British nationals who have managed to leave Yemen safely and arrive in a neighbouring country. Where British nationals have Yemeni family members who wish to apply for UK visas, we have provided information and advice on how to contact UK Visas & Immigration.”

  3. Alnakars says:

    The report shows how risky the situation in Yemen is, and it strictly advises NOT to travel there. However Yemeni overstayers in Britain are required to leave back to the war zone.
    There must be a discretionary way to support Yemenis as deportation to Yemen is the biggest fear everyone experience.

    1. FCO Human Rights says:

      Our first and preferred option is for those who have no legal basis to remain in the UK to leave voluntarily and we offer assistance to those who choose to do so.

      The UK only ever returns those who both the Home Office and the courts are satisfied do not need our protection and have no legal basis to remain in the UK. Generally, there are no countries to which as a matter of immigration policy we can’t remove those who have no legal basis to remain in the UK. However, there may be some countries where it is difficult to remove to because of the country situation, we continue to consider returns to Yemen on a cases by case basis.