Yemen scores very weakly on all indicators related to civil society organisations, media and access to information in the Global Integrity Index 2006. The Association Law forbids CSOs from engaging in any political activities and all unlicensed demonstrations have been banned by the Minister of Interior in October 2007. In 2004, about 2,500 CSOs were officially registered. Yemen’s press is, however, considered one of the freest of the region and any citizen, institution or political party is granted by law the right to publish newspapers. Foreign funding for this is nevertheless not permitted. In 2001, journalists were imprisoned or fined, later amnestied in 2002.
Human rights organisations seem to operate without serious impediment. Such organisations include
the Forum for a Civil Society, the Yemen Institute for Democracy Development, the Human Rights
Information and Training Centre, the Women’s affairs Support Centre, the Sisters Arabic Forum and
the Civic Democratic Forum.