Protection Cluster Note on Civil Documentation Issues in South of Yemen


The lack of civil documentation in Yemen has been well documented and detailed in various analyses, most recently in the Protection Analysis Update 2022 and the 2023 Humanitarian Needs Overview. It is considered one of the main protection risks in the country. Lack of civil documentation not only prevents and undermines freedom of movement, people‚Äôs ability to access their rights, basic services, and humanitarian assistance, but also heightens other protection risks and vulnerabilities. Access to civil documentation is a basic human right that should be selfishly protected by duty-bearers, as this is their duty to the citizenry. Increasing access to civil documentation and removing barriers to access is critical to reducing protection risks and an essential to achieving durable solutions particularly for internally displaced persons in Yemen.