Judges frequently rejected defense witnesses' testimony. Judges rejected the testimony of a defendant's mother that her son had been a victim of abuse and had been tortured. Judges rejected the testimony of a lawyer that the defendant had been tortured. Judges often refused to consider the testimony of a witness against the defendant when the witness was a former prisoner of the defendant, arguing that no state should have custody over a prisoner's testimony.
This report is based on reports submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by Yemen, in February 2014, April 2013, April 2012, July 2010, September 2010, June 2011, April 2010, February 2011, February 2011, February 2010, December 2009, April 2009, September 2009, September 2008, February 2007, June 2006, September 2005, September 2004, September 2003, February 2002, February 2001, January 2001, and December 2000. The report is supplemented by reports submitted by the regional human rights mechanisms, the regional human rights treaty bodies, and the expert bodies of the Human Rights Council, in the UPR reviews that reviewed Yemen's compliance between March 2012 and July 2014. The reports of the regional human rights mechanisms and the regional human rights treaty bodies are available on the regional mechanisms' websites at: http://dahre.ohchr.org (European Union), http://www.tbce.doc.gov.tr/en/ 827ec27edc