Strengthening the Legal Regime against Terrorism in Yemen

Project Duration: 15/07/2011 - 31/12/2015

Total Budget: US$ 3,154,857

Donors: U.S.A and Australia 

Counterparts:

Yemeni Ministry of Justice

Yemeni Ministry of Interior

UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC)

UN Security Council's 1267 Committee

UN Security Council's 1540 Committee

Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF)

International and regional organisations

Target Groups

Legislators and Policy-Makers

Government Officials

Judicial Authorities including senior law enforcement officials

Legal Practitioners

Academic Institutions

Outline and Objectives

This project has been developed in close cooperation with the relevant national counterparts and aims at strengthening the capacity of the Government of Yemen to fight terrorism through the effective implementation of a comprehensive counter-terrorism legal framework in compliance with the relevant international legal instruments, Security Council resolutions and in accordance with the rule of law and human rights. It also aims at fostering Yemen's capacity to participate in international cooperation in criminal matters and at strengthening closer regional cooperation especially with the countries of Eastern Africa.

The project aspires to build capacity that will enable the development and implementation of a comprehensive counter-terrorism legal framework in compliance with the relevant international legal instruments, Security Council resolutions and in accordance with the rule of law and human rights.

The project adopted several immediate objectives to attain the overall objective, these immediate objectives are:

  1. Increasing awareness on universal international legal instruments to counter terrorism.
  2. Developing and revising Yemen's counter-terrorism legislation in accordance with the international instruments against terrorism, UN Security Council resolutions and in compliance with the rule of law and human rights.
  3. Increasing the capacity of Yemen's criminal justice officials, especially those serving in the specialised counter-terrorism courts and prosecutor offices, to effectively investigate, prosecute and adjudicate complex terrorism cases in compliance with human rights standards.

Key Achievements

  • Knowledge on specific aspects of the Global Framework against Terrorism transferred to numerous officials in key Yemeni institutions, leading to initiatives aimed at legislative and institutional change. Criminalization of terrorist offences and international cooperation in criminal matters are among the aspects highlighted most intensely in project activities up to date.
  • Developing and revising Yemen's counter-terrorism legislation in accordance with the international instruments against terrorism, UN Security Council resolutions and in compliance with the rule of law and human rights.
  • Forty Yemeni officials gained enhanced knowledge and increased awareness of the international legal instruments against terrorism, relevant human rights standards, extradition and mutual legal assistance in combating terrorism.
  • Draft counter terrorism law being revised to bring it line with Yemen's obligations under international law.
  • Capacity of Yemen's criminal justice officials, especially those serving in the specialised counter-terrorism courts and prosecutor offices, increased to effectively investigate, prosecute and adjudicate complex terrorism cases in compliance with human rights standards.
  • Thirty one officials from Yemen, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya gained enhanced knowledge of investigation and prosecution of money laundering and terrorist financing related offences.
  • Twenty senior judges and prosecutors from Yemen, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya acquired enhanced knowledge of the international framework for judicial cooperation in terrorism cases and increased their capacity to effectively cooperate across borders.
  • Thirty Yemeni judges and prosecutors gained increased understanding of legal aspects of electronic surveillance techniques (including human rights aspects) and of international cooperation in this regard.