UN Human Rights Report on Freedom of Expression in Yemen
29 March 2023
Freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly, and the right to participate in public affairs, are human rights that enable people to share ideas, form new ones, and join together with others to claim their rights. It is through the exercise of these public freedoms that Yemenis can make informed decisions about their economic and social development. It is through these rights that they can take part in civic activity and build a democratic society. In Yemen, civic space and the exercise of public freedoms has heavily contracted since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015. In a country with a Parliament that has not conducted work for years, and an executive divided politically and geographically, a free and independent media takes on even more prominence, as a forum where public opinion is expressed and debates take place, including to hold policy-makers accountable.