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Yemen Centers

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Yemen Centers


Known Centers based in Yemen


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The Democracy School

Year Established: 2000

Short Historical Background

The Democracy School is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that is interested in human rights and democratic rights (child rights). The Democracy School operates impartially under license no. 199 issued by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor.


It aims at spreading knowledge and raising awareness about human rights principles and democratic rights through the establishment of groups (children, youth and women) in cooperation with governmental and non-governmental parties. It has the following vision: Democratic option becomes the solution for all disputed disagreements and civil behavior dominates in managing disputes with others.


The Democracy School aims
1. To spread the human rights culture and raise awareness about child rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC);
2. To create understanding among generations about the importance of civic and democratic action;
3. To enhance the spirit of patriotism, transparency, voluntarily work and collective work;
4. To establish groups that would engage in political activities guided by democratic principles and acceptance of one another.

Programs and Activities

The Democracy School undertakes the following programs and activities:

  • Children parliament sessions – the school organizes student parliament sessions to provide them the opportunity to discuss various human rights-related issues such as early marriage, violence against children, recruitment of children for labor purposes;
  • Training for the children parliament members on advocacy – the school train students on writing project documents;
  • Field visits - the school brings the children parliament members to different places and engage in awareness campaign in all governorates on different issues;
  • Youth training – the school trains a group of youth from all governorates on Future Leaders project;
  • Creating children transparency unit;
  • Arab children rights network;
  • Global advocacy campaigns – this is meant to implement the Arab children rights network plan;
  • Awareness campaigns – the school engages in campaigns to increase awareness about mines and children in armed conflicts, and the risks of children participation in armed conflict.



  • Series of Human Rights Studies
  • Political Citizenship in the Republic of Yemen
  • Citizenship and the Issue of the State in Islamic Thought
  • Freedoms and Rights magazine (newsletter)
  • Questions and Answers series - this series of leaflets aim to increase legal awareness in Yemen on issues related to human rights, in the simple form of questions and answers. These leaflets also investigate any existing contradictions or inconsistencies in human rights legislations. Until now, eight issues have been published in both Arabic and English, which give important information about the United Nations system, the international human rights treaties and conventions-especially the CEDAW, women’s rights in the Yemeni Personal Status and Labor laws, as well as on issues related to legal freedoms and rights.
  • Posters
  • Reports


Democracy School
Al-Eitha’a Area, Near the Western Gate of the Radio Station
San’a, Republic of Yemen
ph (967) 1 274263
fax (967) 1 287678
PO Box 818
e-mail: alshami16[a]hotmail.com




Human Rights Information and Training Center (HRITC)

Year Established: 1995

Short Historical Background

The Human Rights Information and Training Center (HRITC) is a civil, non-governmental, not-for-profit, and politically neutral organization. It has no any political affiliation with any political or nonpolitical party. HRITC strives to enhance human rights values in Yemen and the Arab region. HRITC is committed to all international charters, agreements, declarations adopted by United Nations and other regional and international organizations. It is active in disseminating human rights awareness through various activities, i.e., training, workshops, forums, publications, library services, and periodical bulletins. HRITC was established as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in 1995 under license No. 97. HRITC receives funds from international and local organizations, institutions, and persons provided that such funds serve its technical and independent programs. It also receives subscription fees and charity donations solely employed to promote human rights.


HRITC aims

  1. To hold specialized training courses to disseminate awareness of human rights, promote and develop positive and active role of NGOs in society;
  2. To establish a specialized library, including publications and international human rights instruments as well as booklets and bulletins issued by the local, Arab and international authorities that may benefit researchers and those interested in materials from newspapers, seminars and periodicals on human rights;
  3. To hold seminars and intellectual meetings that aim only to promote human rights awareness and publicize the principles and international human rights instruments in coordination with other bodies and organizations with common interest.


Programs and Activities


Human Rights Awareness-raising


Aiming to raise human rights awareness, the program highlights the introduction of urgent human rights issues in the intellectual arena and studies the cultural- political problems by including culture-related civil rights. This program is implemented by the research and legal affairs units. The Training unit also helps in executing the defined plans in coordination with the educational program and publication program.

Training and Rehabilitation


HRITC promote human rights education through the following:

  • General Educational Seminars: at least two annual workshops are held for human rights activists on the basic principles and concepts of human rights. Trainees from the Peninsula and Gulf States, Jordan, Sudan, Egypt, Syria, Palestine and North Africa countries attend the workshops, which have been held since 2000;
  • Specialized Seminars: they are held for special groups in the society such as lawyers, journalists, teachers, those responsible for law implementation (police, prosecutors, judges), and NGO members;
  • The seminars focus on the human rights principles linking the different professions with protection of human rights in conformity with international laws. Training of trainees, an annual course, is held for activists in the Gulf and Arab countries;
  • Specialized workshops: they cover various human rights issues, and the development of NGOs in building the civil society (especially training on establishing organizations, project management and preparing proposals);
  • Seminars and Lectures: these are monthly activities (meetings, dialogue forums, lectures) on different human rights concepts.
  • Documentation


Its basic aim is to establish a specialized database in the human rights field by using advanced technologies of documentation management. Documentation of the different issues is done through two mechanisms:

  • Library Archive: the library contains various publications on human rights and monitors the evolution of human rights. The headquarters library contains over 3,000 materials.
  • Journalistic Archive: this archive collects articles from the media that deal with various human rights issues, e.g., rights of children and women.

Publication and Information

HRITC publishes the magazine “Our Rights” four times a year in Arabic and English languages. It has also published 28 different books on human rights by the first quarter of 2008, various studies and researches on curriculums, prisons status, spread of small arms, and the status of civil society organizations, monthly journal on human rights situation, two plays on “Art for Human Rights,” and monthly bulletins (Dialogue Forum and Democratic Youth).

Legal Assistance for the Women Victims of Violence

This is a comprehensive program that aims to deliver assistance to women victims of violence by:

  • Working for the elimination of violence against women by addressing its causes;
  • Offering direct legal assistance to women victims of violence (the service started in 2001 in Taiz, Ibb and Lahj prisons)
  • With the cooperation of the Lawyers Syndicate, creating committees in Aden, Sana’a and Taiz that support human rights by providing legal help to those in need;
  • Offering training and awareness-raising activities for the prisons authorities on the importance of legal assistance and also to make the society become aware of the necessity to fight violence against women. The program succeeded in releasing 163 female prisoners during this period;


Social Integration and Poverty Fighting

This program aims to increase legal awareness and to lift the economic condition of the marginalized groups. HRITC opened its first center for this purpose in Taiz (Al-Amal Program) to eradicate illiteracy and to raise health primary care. HRITC constructed the first special school and kindergarten as part of the program of educating children of marginalized groups since the year 2002. Three hundred forty-three children benefited from the program till the beginning of 2008.

Youth program

This program aims to involve the youth in political life in order to enhance their role in promoting human rights and democracy principles by:

  • Forming democratic clubs at the Yemeni universities;
  • Developing the capacities of the youth on human rights;
  • Issuing a bulletin for democratic youth;
  • Creating a website for the youth and their democratic contributions;
  • Holding an annual youth camp in order to share experiences as well as develop capacities.

Partnership with the United Nations

This program supports the participation of people in the regional and international activities of the United Nations agencies and offices on human rights.


Book series

  • Forum for the Future (A Step Towards Democratic Reform) (Ezzadin Alasbahi, 2008)
  • Freedom of Association in the Republic of Yemen (Dr Abdulbaki Shamsan, 2008)
  • The Parliament Role in Democratic Reform (symposium papers, 2008)
  • Evaluation of Democratic Reform Program in the Arab World (symposium papers, 2007)
  • Intellectuals Role in Making Democratic Transformations (symposium papers, 2007)
  • Studies on Regional Protection of Human Rights (Dr. Mohammed Amin Al Maidani, editor, 2006)
  • Status of Human Rights NGOs in Yemen (Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Al Mikhlafi & Dr. Abdul Baqi Shamsan, 2006)
  • Manual series
  • NGOs Directory
  • Candidate Guideline on the Electoral Process
  • ToT Manual for Police Officers on Human Rights
  • Trainers Manual on Human Rights
  • Human rights documents series
  • International Human Rights Bill
  • Racism
  • Studies and researches
  • Magazine (Our Rights)
  • Annual reports

Other Information

The HRITC has a consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) and observer status in the League of Arab States.


Human Rights Information and Training Center
P.O. Box 4535
Taiz, Republic of Yemen
ph (967 4) 216277
fax (967 4) 216279
e-mail: HRITC[a]y.net.ye, HRITC[a]yemen.net.ye,Hritcsanaa[a]yemen.





Yemen Organization for Defending Rights and Democratic Freedoms

Year Established: 2012

Short Historical Background

The Yemen Organization for Defending Human Rights and Democratic Freedoms is a  non-governmental organization working at the local and regional levels since 1992 and was officially registered in 2012. The importance of establishing this kind of organization comes from the need to have a national mechanism in supporting and protecting freedoms and rights, commitment to the Constitution, and obedience to the law. There is also a need to monitor and document human rights violations like enforced disappearance, torture, political arrest, discrimination, unfair trial, trial in violation of the Constitution; violation of freedom of religious beliefs. The Organization has adopted the basic principle of developing civil and democratic rights.


The Organization aims to enhance, support, promote and defend the basic human rights of all people regardless of race, religion or ethnic background. In particular it aims at

  1. Respecting and enforcing human rights according to the Constitution and international laws;
  2. Defending all citizens whose constitutional rights are being violated;
  3. Spreading the culture of human rights and democratic freedoms;
  4. Strengthening the role of local regional and international partnerships in enforcing the principles of civil and democratic human rights;
  5. Establishing a database of human right violations;
  6. Establishing a legal center specialized in defending civil rights and freedom.

Programs and Activities

The Organization

  • Organizes activities such as seminars, conferences, panel discussions and sit-ins. The organization also conducts training workshops and media campaigns
  • Publishes books, reports and educational materials to spread the knowledge of human rights
  • Develops a website concerned with rights, freedom and democratic cases in Yemen
  • Conducts researches, studies and surveys regarding rights and freedoms in Yemen
  • Forms local, regional and international alliances to enforce human rights in Yemen

Other relevant information

The Organization envisions its future as an efficient and transparent non-profit organization that focuses on human rights issues; a large result-oriented organization that reaches out and support human rights violations victims around the country. Also, it strongly seeks to change the policy and practice of those violating human rights.



Yemen Organization for Defending Human Rights and Democratic Freedoms
P.O. Box 3744

Jawlat saba- Alansi Building
Sana’a, Yemen

ph (967 1) 562662
fax (967 1) 562655
e-mail: yemeniorganization[a]gmail.com

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