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Every year, December 10th serves as a global reminder of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—a benchmark that delineates the rights and freedoms owed to every individual as a human being in our world. On this International Human Rights Day, marked as the first global proclamation criminalizing all violations against civilians, the emphasis is placed on preserving their dignity and upholding their rights, as articulated in Article 3 of the Declaration “Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person”.

Today, Alkarama joined 51 international and Yemeni organisations working on freedom of opinion, expression and human rights in Yemen in calling for the establishment of a joint international and local independent commission to investigate crimes committed against journalists by all parties to the conflict in the country.

Alkarama, 41 international and local organizations concerned with freedom of opinion and expression and human rights, condemned the blocking and censorship of the Internet in Yemen and stressed the need for immediate action to end the disturbing violations of digital freedoms, the right of access to information and the right to demonstrate and protest. 

Our concerns
  • Gross violations of international humanitarian and human rights law by all parties to the conflict, including foreign actors;
  • Unprecedented humanitarian crisis, aggravated by the blockade imposed by the Saudi coalition and by the restrictions and diversion of humanitarian aid by the Houthi forces;
  • Continued, systematic and widespread practice of arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance and torture by all parties;
  • Impunity of perpetrators of human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity.


Human Rights Instruments
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
ICCPR Ratified ?
ICCPR Ratification Date
Individual Complaint procedure with the Human Rights committee (ICCPR Optional protocol 1) Ratified ?
Second Optional Protocol of ICCPR (abolition of death penalty) ratified ?
Date last Concluding Observations by Human Rights Committee
Next Human Rights Committee State Report due
OVERDUE - State party did not submit report on time
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT)
UNCAT Ratified ?
UNCAT Ratification Date
OPCAT (National Preventive Mechanism) Ratified ?
National Preventive Mechanism (OPCAT) created ?
UNCAT Art 20 (confidential inquiries) ratified ?
Date of last Concluding Observations by Committee against Torture (CAT)
Next CAT State Report Due
OVERDUE - State party did not submit report on time
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED)
ICPPED Ratified ?
Human Rights Council
Date last Universal Period Review (UPR)
UPR Next Review