Creation and Development of Monitor, Documentation, Advocacy Unit
Advocating and protecting child victims of violence professionally and impartially have been among the main objectives of Seyaj since its launch.
Due to the accurate and correct data are significantly required to appropriately protect and advocate children, and due to such data were almost non-existent in Yemen, Seyaj focused on providing violation data impartially and professionally to help all those who seek to change conditions of Yemen’s children.
Based on the above-mentioned reasons, Seyaj, by its own efforts, created on Dec. 15, 2008, the first specialized unit to monitor and document crimes and violations committed against Yemeni children, and to provide legal advocacy and psychological support for child victims and their families across Yemen’s governorates.
Creation and Development:
- On Dec. 15, 2008, Seyaj created the first specialized unit to monitor and document crimes and violations committed against Yemeni children and to provide them with legal advocacy.
- In early February 2009, the unit of legal advocacy was created as the most significant and direct support to child victims and their families by volunteering lawyers.
- On Nov. 4, 2009, Seyaj signed with the Yemeni Advocate Association a cooperation agreement aimed at voluntarily providing legal advocacy for child victims who are subjected to crimes and violations across all Yemeni governorates.
- On July 27, 2009, Seyaj signed with Alrisalah hospital a cooperation government to provide psychological support and needed services to child victims of violence free or semi-free of charges.
- In 2009, the monitor unit in collaboration with UNICEF issued the first field report on violations committed against children in the armed conflict in Saada and Harf Sufian of Amran governorate and a large part of that was reflected in the report of the UN Secretary General.
-The signature of an agreement between Seyaj and UNICIF in mid 2010 was a quantum leap in development of media and legal monitor, documentation and other services and that enabled the Monitor Unit to advance its performance and provide much technical and material capacity.
-With the outbreak of peaceful protests in Yemen in February 2011, and the emergence of violence acts that went along with that, Seyaj created contingency unit with support of UNICEF and the European Union.
-The contingency unit of Seyaj has achieved qualitative, distinctive, and unique tasks in which Seyaj accurately and strictly documented crimes and violations committed against children.
- In mid 2011, the Legal Advocacy Unit was shifted to an independent department that belongs to the Legal Affairs Office of Seyaj with the aim meeting the increasing numbers of violation notifications received by Seyaj from all Yemeni governorates.
- In response to urgent needs required to develop and upgrade performance, Seyaj set up an electronic monitor system to maintain, archive, analyze and address all those data and information belonging to monitor, denomination and advocacy. The system also aimed to ensure accuracy and speed of performances in preparation to develop the unit to an inclusive centre of researches, studies and information about violence against children. The centre will be named “Seyaj Centre for Information and Advocacy of Child Rights”.
Tasks of the Monitor Unit:
1- Monitor and documentation of violations and crimes committed against children
2- Provide child victims of violence through volunteering advocates
3- Advocating rights of children and their families through corresponding government authorities, international and regional organizations, and media outlets
4- Preparation and publication of annual reports about violations and violence against children
5- Preparation of reports about child urgencies in armed disputes
6- Preparation and publication of studies, scientific researches about child rights such as student dropouts, lack of access to basic education, family violence, etc.
Crimes and violations monitored and documented :
1. Murder, or attempted murder ‘
2. Physical attacks
3. Child recruitment
4. Rape or sexual harassments
5. child marriage
6. Physical and psychological torture
7. Restrictions on freedoms or illegal imprisonment
8. Child smuggling to outside borders
9. Human trafficking
10. Child exploitation in organ trade
11. Child use in drug trade and smuggling
12. Child exploitation in sexual or Pornographic activities
13- child use in the worst forms of child lobar
14`- Other crimes and violations