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Recognition of religion or belief in Yemen

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Republic of Yemen are classified ambiguous-terminal.

Recognition of religion or belief in Yemen


  • State religion is Islam.

  • There exists no recognition system in the country and therefore no procedures either for existential recognition or legal registration, thus curtailing all chances for any non-Islamic group to attain any kind of recognition or legal protection.

  • The virtual non-existence of minorities indicates the repressive treatment of non-Islamic communities in the country and the overwhelming normativism that exists.

  • Ongoing conflict in the country has undermined any efforts to try to establish religious freedom and other human rights protection in the country.

Positive elements:

  • Nil.


  • Complete dismantlement of the present apparatus of laws restricting all forms of non-Islamic religious practice and belief; blasphemy, conversion and proselytism are all terminally restricted and normativism perpetuates these restrictions which means that more sophisticated means of religious recognition and religious education should be established to resolve issues of normativism.

  • Establish a recognition system for the country in order to provide existential recognition and legal registration to all belief systems and their derivatives.

RoRB Topic
RoRB Compliance
RoRB Classification
Country or territory
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