Yemen: Information on effectiveness of the amnesty for the 1994 civil war, on whether Yemeni socialist activists can return with no repercussions and on whether the Yemen Socialist Party is able to operate freely
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 June 1995|
|Citation / Document Symbol||YEM20682.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Yemen: Information on effectiveness of the amnesty for the 1994 civil war, on whether Yemeni socialist activists can return with no repercussions and on whether the Yemen Socialist Party is able to operate freely, 1 June 1995, YEM20682.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6abb32c.html [accessed 13 December 2013]|
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In a telephone interview on 31 May 1995, the Amnesty International desk officer for Yemen in London stated that the general amnesty is not completely working and although some people are more at risk than others, the situation is very fluid and returnees who disagree with the government may face problems. The desk officer added that Amnesty International has received reports of people being detained and beaten (ibid.).
For more information on the amnesty and for information on the situation of the Yemen Socialist Party and its members, please consult Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1994 and the attached documents.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Amnesty International, London. 31 May 1995. Telephone interview with desk officer for Yemen.
Agence France Presse (AFP). 7 April 1995. "Ten Opposition Leaders Arrested in Yemen." (NEXIS)
_____. 15 December 1994. "Le Yémen sort de la guerre civile unifié mais fragilisé." (NEXIS)
_____. [Paris, in English]. 15 February 1995. "Three Arrested Following Murder of YSP Figure." (FBIS-NES-95-031 15 Feb. 1995, pp. 39-40)
_____. [Paris, in English]. 13 December 1994. "YSP Alleges Police Occupying Party Headquarters." (FBIS-NES-94-240 14 Dec. 1994, pp.18-19)
_____. [Paris, in English]. 25 July 1994. "YSP Accuses Government, Islamic Parties of Reprisal." (FBIS-NES-94-143 26 July 1994, pp. 27-28)
_____. [Paris, in English]. 24 July 1994. "YSP Leader Insists on `General and Total' Amnesty." (FBIS-NES-94-142 25 July 1994, p. 41)
Al-'Arabi [Cairo, in Arabic]. 7 November 1994. "YSP Secretary General Views Domestic Affairs." (FBIS-NES-94-221 16 Nov. 1994, pp. 24-26)
Arabies [Paris]. October 1994. No. 94. "Yémen : Lézardes dans la coalition nordiste."
BBC Summary of World Broadcasts. 6 February 1995. "Yemen: Umbrella Opposition Group Formed by 13 Political Parties." (NEXIS)
_____. 18 January 1995. "President Salih Interviewed on Reasons for Visit to France, Foreign Relations." (NEXIS)
_____. 2 September 1994. "Over 380 Soldiers Return from Saudi Arabia under General Amnesty Law." (NEXIS)
COMPASS Newswire. 21 March 1995. "Yemen Socialists Endorse Agreement with Saudi Arabia." (NEXIS)
Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 27 May 1995. BC Cycle. "Powerful Blasts Rock Yemeni Ammunition Dump." (NEXIS)
AL-Hayah [London, in Arabic]. 9 September 1994. "YSP Party Removed From `All Political Posts'" (FBIS-NES-94-177 13 Sept. 1994, pp. 36-37)
Manchester Guardian Weekly [London]. 9 October 1994. "Yemen's War Brings Only More Problems." (NEXIS)
MENA [Cairo, in Arabic]. 10 November 1994. "Release of Political Detainees, Torture Viewed." (FBIS-NES-94-221 16 Nov. 1994, p. 27)
The Middle East [London]. October 1994. Chris Kutschera. "Yemen: Post Mortem," pp. 19-20.
Middle East International [London]. 7 October 1994. No. 485. Brian Whitaker. "Yemen: National Opposition Front," pp. 14-15.
Middle East Times [London]. 17 September 1994. "New Southern Yemen Socialist Close to Saleh." DIRB Country File: Yemen.
Mideast Mirror [London]. 27 April 1995. Vol. 9, No. 80. "Yemen Deemed Unlikely to Obtain Extraditions of Secessionist Leaders," pp. 12-13.
_____. 26 April 1995. Vol. 9, No. 79. "Yemen Seeks Extraditions of Secessionist Leaders," pp. 17-18.
_____. 30 September 1994. Vol. 8, No. 189. "Southern Yemeni Exiles Set Up Opposition Alliance," pp. 18-19.
Le Monde Diplomatique [Paris]. May 1995. Eric Rouleau. "Mise à l'écart des socialistes, rétrécissement de la démocratie: Grignotage islamiste au Yemen," pp. 4-5.
Neues Deutschland [Berlin, in German]. 8 August 1994. "Opposition Member on Situation in South." (FBIS-NES-94-154 10 Aug. 1994, p. 29)