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Is Suicide Decriminalised?

Has the country decriminalised suicide, with clear legal frameworks and policy positions?


Are Crisis Lines Available?

Is free, confidential support from a helpline or hotline available? Status provided by find a helpline.


National Suicide Prevention Strategy?

Is there a national suicide prevention strategy, such as from the WHO, and does include decriminalisation, if known?


Population in Need of Support Per Year

Based on the WHO likely attempted suicide rate.

As a calculation of population size against suicide rate

Strength Of Support (Local Qualitative Assessment)

Political Support

Civil Society Support

Religious / Cultural Support

Legislative Activity

Suicide Rate Per 100K Per Year, all Sexes (SDG 3.4.2)

per 100,000
WHO 2019 for SDG 3.4.2. Global average 1 per 100,000

Suicide Deaths Per Year (By Population)

per annum
As a calculation of population size against suicide rate

Yemen, officially known as the Republic of Yemen, is located on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula in the Middle East. It's a beautiful country with diverse terrain, including mountains and deserts, bordering the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea coastline. The devoutly Islamic country has a long history as the centre of ancient civilisations, including the Himyarites, Sabaeans, and Hadramites. Yemen is famous for its unique architecture and distinctive mud-brick buildings found in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Sana'a.

The majority of the Yemeni population is Arab, including subgroups like the Ta'izzi-Adeni Arabs and the Hadhrami people, who bring with them Indigenous language and customs.

The legal system in Yemen is based on Islamic law (Sharia), with Customary Law and Civil Law influencing procedure.

Like many nations, Yemen inherited colonial-era laws from the Ottoman and British Empires when, historically, suicide was a crime. Although it was struck from the statutes in England in 1961, it has remained in the corpus of other laws around the world.

The World Health Organization (WHO) advocates for the decriminalisation of suicide and suicide attempts. Finding out more and removing such laws removes stigma and allows avenues for providing appropriate mental health support to individuals in crisis.

Criminalising suicide punishes distress. Decriminalising suicide saves lives.

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