Akram Al- ShawafiCases
- Location of case in SG report
- Relevant SG report
- Year of the report
- From Country
- Country Geolocation
- Country Geolocation (linked Countries)
- Middle East and North Africa
- Type of record
- Named individual
- Was the victim a foreign national?
- Was the victim a minor?
- Individual's/organization's activity
of Watch for Human Rights, who has documented human rights violations, particularly in Taizz governorate, since 2015; The cases submitted to the GEE included documented violations against civilians, including cases of child sexual abuse and rape, as well as arbitrary detention of civilians in illegal prisons, and the issuing of arbitrary death sentences.
- Type of rights defended
- Children’s rights
- Civil/political rights
- Was the victim a civil servant, member of the security forces or of the judiciary?
- Reported trigger of reprisal
Between October 2019 and March 2020, Mr. Al-Shawafi engaged with the GEE, and with the Security Council sanctions committee.
- Engagement with UN body
- UN Human Rights Council: UN Independent Investigation
- UN Security Council
- Dates of engagement
- Between October 2019 and March 2020
- Type of attempted engagement
- Submission of information to UN
- Dates of mentioned reprisals
- October 2019; April 2020
- Location of mentioned reprisals
- Taizz governorate
- Reprisal information
OHCHR was informed that Watch for Human Rights has been smeared on social media, and Mr. Akram Al-Shawafi has been accused of collaborating with international bodies and offending the Yemeni military force.
The offices of the organization in Taizz were reportedly raided by the forces of the internationally recognized Government of Yemen, who threatened staff members and closed it in October 2019. The same month, as well as in April 2020, there were two stigmatization campaigns on social media, including Facebook, by supporters of the internationally recognized Government of Yemen, accusing Mr. Al-Shawafi and the organization of being biased and paid by de-facto authorities
- Types of reprisals suffered
- Defamation / Defamation campaign
- Online harassment
- Alleged/likely perpetrators
- Was the reprisal based on new legislation?
- Does the report make general comment about country’s environment for engagement with UN?
- Is the country cited for a "pattern of reprisal" in the context of this case?
- Is a pattern of reprisals mentioned otherwise in the context of this case?
- Does the report cite "self-censorship" as an issue in the context of this case?
- How many times has the case been followed up in subsequent SG reports?