MONITORING AND PROTECTION SYSTEM

About the Monitoring and Protection Center

It is the first observatory for the protection and advocacy of children’s rights in Yemen. In mid-December 2008, the Monitoring and Advocacy Unit was established to monitor violations and crimes against children and support the efforts of their families to obtain justice and reduce the impunity of criminals.

The development of monitoring and protection mechanisms and policies has continued since the establishment of the Monitoring Unit in late 2008. In 2012, the services of the Monitoring Unit were developed and transformed into a subsidiary of the organization under the name Monitoring and Protection Center to cover all governorates of the Republic of Yemen.

In 2018, the center’s mobile services were launched to enable various groups of society to aid in child protection by reporting and requesting protection easily and safely through a WhatsApp message (771400009), or by filling out the notification form on the electronic website.

Since 2009, Seyaj’s strategic partnership with UNICEF, the European Union Mission in Yemen, Save the Children, and the Yemeni Bar Association has contributed to a quantum leap in developing and strengthening its capabilities in monitoring, documentation, judicial aid, and advocacy following the standards and ethics of human rights work.

The center consists of the following main sections: Verification, Monitoring, and Documentation – Legal Protection – Advocacy and Lobbying – Automated System – Research and Studies.

The center serves children with primary personnel and a network of trained volunteers, the majority of whom belong to groups and specialties dealing with child concerns (lawyers, media professionals, educators, policemen, clerics, and influential tribal figures).

Monitoring and Protection Center Services

Since the center’s establishment in 2008, its main goal has been to strengthen preventive protection from violence, exploitation, and abuse. It also provides direct protection for child victims. Its services include, but are not limited to:

Monitoring and security

The center accepts complaints and reports from the community and monitors and documents crimes and infractions using an electronic system to ensure data confidentiality and protection. It then offers legal representation, advocacy, and referrals to psychological support resources as needed.

Awareness

Educating the community about preventative protection to establish a safe environment that safeguards children from violence, deprivation, exploitation, and abuse. The strategy for 2015–2020 placed a strong emphasis on preventive protection, including community outreach, bolstering local and national protection mechanisms, strengthening workers’ capacity and support to enforce them, and networking and integrating with various national, international, governmental, and non–governmental organizations.

Protection and advocacy

Providing subsequent protection for child victims and their families by receiving, verifying, and monitoring reports and complaints – Providing legal aid and legal advice – Referral to the authorities concerned with the care and shelter of unaccompanied children – Advocacy and mobilization of support following the Code of Conduct and the protection policies of Seyaj and ethical media principles.

Preparing and publishing reports and studies

The research department of the center prepares and publishes reports, studies, and questionnaires and shares them with various relevant national and international institutions. Seyaj has established partnerships with Taiz University and several academics, researchers, and experts in many universities and national research centers.

MONITORING AND PROTECTION SYSTEM

Over the past 15 years, Seyaj has developed various systems and policies in monitoring and protection, the most prominent of which is the automated system for monitoring, collecting, and analyzing data, issuing reports, archiving, and keeping documents easily, confidentially, and safely. The automated system helps enable various segments of society to directly report and advocate for victims, and ensures the best results in direct and preventative protection.

The vast majority of crimes against minors in Yemen, including sexual abuse, have gone unreported, allowing them to proliferate at alarming rates. Social stigma, the difficulty of accessing justice and law enforcement agencies, poverty and displacement, and the lack of protection programs have all contributed to the underreporting of crimes.

These facts have reaffirmed our responsibility as a national organization towards protecting children in society. At this stage, Seyaj has decided to focus on advocating for victims of familial and societal abuse. These crimes often go unreported, and no legal aid exists to protect the affected children.

Seyaj has made reporting and requesting legal advice available through Yemen’s most popular social media platform. Now, any person in Yemen can report crimes by sending a WhatsApp message to the designated number. For more information, please click here.

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Crimes We Tackle

Seyaj works to protect and advocate for child victims of serious criminal offenses, exploitation, and abuse by the family and society, such as:

  1. Murder;
  2. Sexual violence in all its forms;
  3. Child smuggling and trafficking;
  4. Human organ trade;
  5. Torture and ill-treatment;
  6. Abduction and enforced disappearance;
  7. The execution of minors;
  8. Marriage of young girls.

The Six Grave Violations

Since its inception, Seyaj has been working to monitor and document violations and crimes against children’s rights in armed conflicts. The organization has developed its policies and work mechanisms to comply with United Nations treaties and standards, the most prominent of which include the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its optional protocols, and UN Security Council Resolution No. 1612 of 2005 AD, which identified the following violations:

  1. Killing and maiming of children;
  2. Recruitment or use of children as soldiers;
  3. Sexual violence against children;
  4. Abduction of children;
  5. Attacks against schools or hospitals;
  6. Denial of humanitarian access for children.

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