Business for Peace Award
1654, Section: Interview


Dr. Amal Hassan, the “youngest and best surgeon of the year”

Published on 25 February 2015 by Ali Aboluhom in Interview

Dr. Amal Hassan, a Yemeni physician who is only 30 years old, was recently honored at the Arab Health Conference held in Dubai from Jan. 26 to 29, 2015.

“Hadi remains the legitimate president of the country”

Published on 23 February 2015 by Khalid Al-Karimi in Interview

When a new government was formed following the 2011 uprising, the Islah Party was one of the biggest winners. Yet today, the party holds little sway against the Houthis, a militant group which has taken over much of northern Yemen. When the Houthis started their expansion from their home governorate of Sa’ada toward Amran, eventually taking Sana’a in September 2014, the group targeted prominent Islahi businessmen, military leaders, politicians, and organizations affiliated with the party.

Anti-child marriage campaigner to the Yemen Times: ‘Do not deny them their happiness’

Published on 18 February 2015 by Khalid Al-Karimi in Interview

Amal Al-Jaradi heads the National Initiative for Combating Child Marriage, an organization dedicated to spreading awareness and providing support to victims of child marriage. Struggling against a widespread practice that is deeply engrained in much of Yemeni society, Al-Jaradi is under no illusions about the obstacles she faces. In its most recent survey in 2011, Human Rights Watch estimated that 15 percent of Yemeni girls were married before the age of 15 and more than half before 18. Forced into marriage at 15 herself, Al-Jaradi is intimately aware of the suffering that child brides experience. Determined to eradicate the practice she calls “legitimized rape,” Al-Jaradi began her initiative in 2013. She spoke with the Yemen Times about the issue and what her initiative is doing to address it.

Ahmed Al-Qubati is one of several men who have accused the Houthis of torture in the past week alone. Photos circulating on social media show that the men were all beaten on their buttocks. Critics of the Houthis say that the group chose this spot on the

Tortured by the Houthis

Published on 16 February 2015 by Ahlam Mohsen in Interview

Ahmed Al-Qubati, 54, is a high-ranking member of the Nasserite party. He was abducted by the Houthis during a demonstration commemorating the four year anniversary of Yemen’s 2011 uprising on Feb. 11. Below is Al-Qubati’s account of the torture he endured during his two days of detention, as well as his thoughts on Yemen four years on.

Socialist Party foreign relations head to the Yemen Times: “Any efforts based on force and violence… will end in failure and will not be ac

Published on 9 February 2015 by Ali Aboluhom in Interview

Following the Houthis’ Feb. 6 announcement of a 551 member transitional council and a five member presidential council, the Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP) released a statement the next day calling the move a “risk as it could lead to the violation of national sovereignty.”

Al-Arood Square spokesperson to the Yemen Times: “We are telling the entire world that the southern people want to regain their state.”

Published on 5 February 2015 by Khalid Al-Karimi in Interview

Protesters have been camped out in Aden city’s Al-Arood Square since Oct. 14, 2014. Their demand is clear: Independence for the southern people. How they—along with the rest of the south—plan to gain back their former status as citizens of South Yemen, is less clear.

CBY economic researcher to the Yemen Times: “I want to tell Yemenis not to despair”

Published on 2 February 2015 by Khalid Alkarimi in Interview

It is no secret Yemen’s economy is in tatters. The country’s oil supply is being held hostage by groups with different demands: Local development projects, the release of prisoners, and for the Houthis to stay out of Marib, among other things. The education sector is struggling to prepare young adults for the work force and classes are constantly being disrupted due to fighting. Investments are being driven out of the country due to the volatile political environment.

Ahmed Saeed Shamakh, an economic researcher for the Central Bank of Yemen (CBY), spoke to the Yemen Times about these issues and why he remains confident they can be overcome.

Arab Spring Party head to the Yemen Times: “Women are absent from the political scene”

Published on 28 January 2015 by Khalid Al-Karimi in Interview

In the wake of the 2011 uprising against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh a number of small political parties were formed. One such party, the Arab Spring Party, is unique in that it is the first officially recognized party in Yemen to be led by a woman. Passionate about getting Yemeni women more involved in the country’s politics, and encouraged by the notable involvement of women during the 2011 uprising, party President Amal Al-Thawr established the Arab Spring Party that year. According to her, the party aims to be fully inclusive and to bring together a mix of youth and people from different social backgrounds. 


Born in Sana’a, Al-Thawr is the daughter of a Shura Council member and former minister. Though she did not continue schooling after graduating high school, Al-Thawr says politics is in her blood. She spoke to the Yemen Times about the marginalization of women from politics, the difficulties she has faced as a woman, as well as her hopes for the future. On Jan. 22, hours before the government announced its resignation, Al-Thawr said, “I do not think the government will be able to make it in such inappropriate conditions,” and questioned how the government could exercise its authority in the absence of the state. After the government’s resignation, she talked to the Yemen Times about what the government’s resignation means for small parties. 

Cruel, inhumane and illegal? Locking up children with adults

Published on 19 January 2015 by Bassam Al-Khameri in Interview

Yemen’s penal code and international human rights law have done little to protect juvenile offenders from being imprisoned with adult convicts, leaving them liable to abuse and subject to the inhumane conditions that are common in the country’s prisons. As a signatory to Article 37 of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Children, Yemen has an obligation to protect its children from capital punishment and life imprisonment, as well as any “cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment.”

Yemen Times radio staff sits down with Abdul Karim Al-Bukhaiti and Khalid Al-Sherahi from Yemen’s Civil Defense Authority, and Mohammad Hamzeh, whose store burned down in an electrical fire in April 2014.

Yemen’s emergency response services: A cause for alarm?

Published on 25 December 2014 by in Interview

The Civil Defense Authority, established by republican decree in 2007, is tasked with responding to natural or man-made disasters, including fires.