The Humanitarian Action Organization is a non-governmental organization that launched a
youth initiative in January 2016, by a group of young people interested in work and human rights.
Officially registered in the Ministry of Social Affairs in October 2019. The organization works in the areas
of mediation, protection, response, response, response and advocacy, and aims to respond to the emergency
situation in response to situations and the need for emergency and conflict situations,
in addition to providing services and advocating for their issues at the local and international levels.
It is with the values of humanity, response, neutrality,
and partnership, that we seek to meet the needs of the conflict-affected
people and provide them with protection, rehabilitation, and reintegration.
We also aim to build the capacities of actors and stakeholders and support
the mediators' efforts to create an enabling environment that entrenches
a culture for protecting the civil, political,
and economic rights of the target people and preserves their dignity.
A society that protects human dignity
The conflict in Yemen, which escalated in March 2015, has already produced the World’s worst humanitarian catastrophe, according to the United Nations.
Owing to the unending war in Yemen, there have been missing persons from those who happened to be engaged in the hostilities. Their families and relatives have lost hope of finding them alive, or even dead. This has already prompted the need for providing much-needed assistance and protection to those persons and their families that individual or group initiatives concerned with such issues have emerged.
Our team’s journey began in 2015 in Yemen’s northeastern governorate,
Al-Jawf, when a group of Yemeni youth set out with the purpose of becoming
a humanitarian mediator acceptable to the warring parties. Defying the odds,
they went all out to contribute towards the concerted humanitarian efforts
being made to alleviate the consequences of the ongoing war in the country.
Their individual initiatives aimed to recover the bodies of the dead belonging
to both parties to the conflict from the battlefronts and act as an acceptable
humanitarian mediator to the parties to the conflict. Even with the impact of
these individual efforts on the ground, they rarely received the support and
attention of the relevant local and international actors. In view of that,
we aimed to unify these efforts within an organized framework, according
to a clear vision, and establish an entity that invests in all such voluntary youth-led efforts.
In January 2016, we went on to establish a local initiative
under the name of the Coordinating Council for Human Rights to
act as a mediator between the parties to the conflict.
During the period from January to October of the year 2016,
the Council focused its efforts on the issues of recovering
the bodies from the conflict zones and carrying out mediation
initiatives by striking deals to swap prisoners and return
corpses of the dead belonging to the parties to the conflict.
As with any humanitarian intervention during the conflict,
it is not without risks where field teams face many risks,
such as being targeted by gunshots,
or aircraft bombardment in the conduct of humanitarian action.
Despite the risks involved in humanitarian work, our deep
belief in human rights has led us after five years
of hard work to form a more active and broad entity
and turn The Initiative idea into a civil society
organization called (Humanity Mediators).
The responsibility of protecting human rights primarily
does not lie with governments only but requires collective
and organized efforts therefore Our goal is to use available
resources to protect the most vulnerable groups and those
affected by armed conflict, in an effort by our team to
protect their rights and dignity.
Strategic Objective 1
Protect and include the most affected and conflict-affected groups
in Yemen and provide needs for them.
Fulfilling the needs of the most affected and conflict-affected groups
and their families (prisoners, displaced, missing, forcibly disappeared,
and political deportees) and providing
legal, humanitarian, and social protection services to these groups.
Providing habilitation and protection opportunities for the most
affected and conflict-affected groups..
Reintegrating the most vulnerable groups and those affected by
conflicts into social, economic, and political life.
Strategic Objective 2
Create a supportive environment that entrenches a culture of protecting the targeted people's civil, political, and economic rights.
Building the capacities of influential individuals of
both genders and relevant authorities in promoting mediation efforts,
negotiations, conflict resolution, and the foundations and principles
of peacebuilding, and training them on the legal
and procedural dimensions to deal with the effects of war.
Advocating for the efforts of local mediators in applying the
mechanisms for dealing with the issues of the targeted and
the procedures for enhancing confidence between the parties.
Supporting and promoting human rights represented in civil,
political, economic, social, and cultural rights, which are included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international
conventions relating to the rights of prisoners, detainees, and missing persons.