Yemen: Yemen: Human rights defender Ali Al-Dailami banned from travelling to a human rights meeting


On 31 March 2014 human rights defender and head of Yemen Organization, Ali Al-Dailami, was prevented from travelling from Sana'a airport. 

Ali Al-Dailami is the head of Yemen organization for Defending Rights and Democratic Freedoms, an NGO that monitors human rights violations such as torture, political detention, discrimination, and unfair trials.

On 31 March 2014 Ali Al-Dailami was on his way to Jordan to participate in a human rights meeting focused on "Gender in situations of conflict and emergency" when he was stopped by the National Security at Sana'a airport and detained for more than 12 hours after the departure of the plane. 

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) is concerned about the detention and prevention of Ali Al-Dailami from travelling from Sana'a airport and believes that it is directly related to his peaceful and legitimate human rights work.

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights urges the authorities in Yemen to:

1. Ensure that Ali Al-Dailami is free to travel to and from Yemen without illegitimate interference by authorities;

2. Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Yemen are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment. 

The GCHR respectfully reminds you that the United Nations Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, adopted by consensus by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 1998, recognizes the legitimacy of the activities of human rights defenders, their right to freedom of association and to carry out their activities without fear of reprisals. We would particularly draw your attention to Article 5 (c): “For the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, at the national and international levels: (c) To communicate with non-governmental or intergovernmental organizations.” and to Article 6 (c): “Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others: (c) To study, discuss, form and hold opinions on the observance, both in law and in practice, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and, through these and other appropriate means, to draw public attention to those matters.”