SCC Rules Asset-freeze & travel-ban on Saleh's Nephew & al-Tayeb

SCC Rules Asset-freeze & travel-ban on Saleh's Nephew & al-Tayeb

The specialist criminal court (SCC) on Tuesday, ...

Gunmen kidnapped a citizen to Sana'a Municipality Building

Gunmen kidnapped a citizen to Sana'a Municipality Building

Feb 3 2013, Gunmen, some dressed in army uniform...

PROTESTORS RAIL AGAINST 11 YEARS OF GUANTANAMO PRISON

PROTESTORS RAIL AGAINST 11 YEARS OF GUANTANAMO PRISON

Relatives of detainees, human rights activists a...

HOOD releases the names of the 25 Yemeni detainees cleared for transfer.

HOOD releases the names of the 25 Yemeni detainees cleared for transfer.

A list of the names of 55 detainees at the Guant...

Yemen Receives two Yemeni Bagram prisoners Al-Bakri and Al- Maqaleh

Yemen Receives two Yemeni Bagram prisoners Al-Bakri and Al- Maqaleh

The National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms, HOOD, has been informed today that two Yemeni prisoners at Bagram, Mr. Ameen Al-Bakri and Fadi Al-Maqaleh were repatriate to Yemen this early morning. The Yemeni Security has received both of the detainees but their whereabouts has not been revealed yet.


In a press release, HOOD says that both Al-Bakri and Al-Maqaleh are victims of...

No More Promises, Actions Speak Truth - Guantanamo Prison Must be Shut Down

No More Promises, Actions Speak Truth - Guantanamo Prison Must be Shut Down

HOOD and Mr. David Remes, the American lawyer representing 15 Yemeni Guantanamo detainees, held a joint press conference at the main headquarters of HOOD in Sana'a yesterday. He urged the families of Yemeni prisoners in Guantanamo to maintain their pressure on both the US and Yemeni governments for the transfer of their sons, especially in light of the recent passage of a bill barring transfer...

For Yemenis, US Refusal to Release Gitmo Prisoners is a National Offense

For Yemenis, US Refusal to Release Gitmo Prisoners is a National Offense

by Medea Benjamin


“In Yemen we are close to the bottom in all kinds of measures like income and education, but there’s one statistic where we come out on top: the number of prisoners in Guantanamo,” laughed Mohammad Naji Allaw, a successful Yemeni lawyer who ploughs his firm’s profits into the National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms. “Over 90 of 166 Guantanamo prisoners are from Y...

HOOD's Statement on the Killing of Houthi Demonstrators in Front of the NSB

HOOD's Statement on the Killing of Houthi Demonstrators in Front of the NSB

HOOD is deeply saddened by the loss of life during the demonstrations to dissolve the National Security Bureau (NSB) in the capital Sana'a, which were organized by Houthi activists.  We reaffirm our belief in the sanctity of the blood of all Yemen's citizens, regardless of party. Our grief is deepened at the thought that this bloodshed and loss of Yemeni life occurred during the National ...

HOOD Annual Report: 2012 is the Year of Drones and Terror Security Forces (2)

HOOD Annual Report: 2012 is the Year of Drones and Terror Security Forces (2)

The following is a partial translation of HOOD’s 2012 Annual Report under the title of "2012 is the Year of Drones and Terror Security Forces". Because of the intrinsically international nature of so many of the human rights issues currently facing Yemen, we are pleased to make selections from the report available in English and accessible to readers beyond the Arab world.  If you should re...

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