Human rights in Yemen

overview of the observance of human rights in Yemen

Human rights in Yemen are seen as problematic in numerous ways. The security forces have been responsible for torture, inhumane treatment and even extrajudicial executions.[1]

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LGBT rightsEdit

Homosexuality is illegal in Yemen in accordance with the country's Shari'ah legal system.[2] LGBT persons in Yemen are likely to suffer discrimination, legal, and social challenges. Punishments for homosexuality range from flogging to death.[3][4] Yemen is one of only seven countries to apply a death penalty for consensual sexual acts between adults of the same sex.[5]

Gay and lesbian websites are blocked by the government.[6]

As of 2007, there was no public or semi-public space for gays as in western countries.[7] The official position is that there are no gays in Yemen.[7]

As a result of Sharia, LGBT people are killed in attacks.[8] The government does not protect its gay citizens from violence.


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  2. International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission: Status of Sexual minorities – Yemen[permanent dead link]
  3. New book details increase in antigay violence worldwide[permanent dead link]
  4. An FCO programme for promoting the human rights of LGBT people[permanent dead link]
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  6. "Study: 25 countries block Web sites, including those with gay content - News -". Archived from the original on 26 October 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 And then there was Yemen. Archived 2010-01-13 at the Wayback Machine
  8. "Yemen: 25-year-old man shot dead for being gay". PinkNews. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.