Since October 2014, the Equal Rights Trust has been working with local partners in Yemen to protect and empower human rights defenders, and improve their capacity to challenge human rights abuses. Under this project:
- 120 Yemeni human rights defenders received training on the rights to equality and non-discrimination, best practice in monitoring and documenting discrimination, and security for human rights defenders
- 42 Yemeni human rights defenders received advanced training on personal and digital security
- 11 field research teams received funding to undertake primary field research on discrimination and inequality and other human rights abuses, collectively conducting 6143 interviews across 21 governorates
- 8 sub-grants were awarded for the provision of legal services, with sub-grantees collectively providing legal assistance and conducting litigation in over 180 cases
- Direct financial assistance provided to human rights defenders and human rights organisations has benefited over 160 human rights defenders
The Trust has also published two major research reports on discrimination and inequality in Yemen: a comprehensive country report, “From Night to Darker Night: Addressing Discrimination and Inequality in Yemen” (June 2018), which provides a detailed analysis of Yemen’s legal framework on equality alongside discussion of patterns of discrimination based on extensive desk-based research; and “Sifting the Grain: 6,000 Testimonies of Discrimination and Inequality from Yemen” (January 2019), which presents an analysis of the extensive field research on discrimination, inequality and other human rights abuses conducted in Yemen by field research teams between 2015 and 2017.
The Trust has participated in advocacy before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, including launching our report “From Night to Darker Night” at a side-event to the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council on 29 June 2018 in collaboration with the Yemeni Coalition for Monitoring Human Rights Violations. We have also made submissions to the Universal Periodic Review and the UN Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen , highlighting the way in which the conflict has exacerbated existing patterns of discrimination in the country, as well as engendering new patterns of discrimination.
The Trust’s work in Yemen has been funded by the European Union and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.