April 8, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday published a letter to US President Barack Obama, urging the US to expedite the return of Yemeni detainees cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay. The letter notes that 55 of the 76 individuals recommended for transfer by the Obama administration are citizens of... ...[read more]
April 5, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit on Friday brought against officials of the Obama administration for the 2011 drone strikes that killed three US citizens in Yemen. The lawsuit was specifically brought against former defense secretary, Leon Panetta ...[read more]
February 27, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday condemned attacks in Al Dhale Governorate by Yemeni armed forces, which are disproportionately affecting civilians. Pillay reported that since December, these attacks have killed more than 40 individuals, four of whom were children. ...[read more]
February 21, 2014
by Addison Morris
Saudi Guantanamo Bay prisoner Ahmed Muhammed Haza al Darbi on Thursday pleaded guilty to involvement in terrorism-related activities, including the 2002 al Qaeda plot to blow up oil tankers near Yemen. Had al Darbi gone to trial, he faced a potential sentence of life imprisonment. However, the ...[read more]
January 10, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
The Obama Administration's panel charged with reviewing the cases of detainees at Guantanamo Bay concluded its review of detainee Mahmud Abd Al Aziz Al Mujahid on Thursday, unanimously finding him eligible for transfer to Yemen. The periodic review board (PRB) was established by Executive Order ...[read more]
January 8, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on Tuesday condemned the December 27 shelling of a funeral procession that killed 21 Yemeni civilians and injured 30 others. The attack resulted in the establishment of an investigation committee by ...[read more]
November 20, 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday released a statement calling on Yemen's National Dialogue Conference (NDC) to endorse proposed legislation that would strike down a 2012 law providing blanket immunity to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The current law grants Saleh immunity from ...[read more]
November 14, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Wednesday upheld the 2011 conviction of Tarek Mehanna, who was found guilty on four terror-related charges and three charges of lying to authorities. Mehenna was accused of traveling to Yemen and training in a terror camp with the intention of ...[read more]
October 18, 2013
by Kenneth Hall
A recent report made public by the UN Friday indicates that the US is under-reporting the number of civilian deaths resulting from anti-terrorism drone strikes. In his investigation, UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson discovered 33 drone attacks that have resulted in approximately 450 civilian ...[read more]
October 6, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
US military special forces on Saturday captured Abu Anas al Libi, a suspected high-ranking operative of al Qaeda, during a raid conducted in Tripoli, Libya. US authorities allege that al Libi played a significant role in planning and executing the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and ...[read more]

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