News of the Society

  • The death of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh at the hands of a Houthi militia on 4 December is a sobering end to the Society’s year.  Our British-Yemeni Society is apolitical, and there will be mixed views among our membership about Saleh’s legacy. But almost certainly his assassination resulted from his call for talks... read more
  • B-YS Journal Editor Helen Lackner's latest book, "Yemen in Crisis" is published on Monday 16 October.  Helen Lackner outlines the dramatic turn of events in the country since 2011 and provides essential background to better understand the current crisis. It is published by Saqi.  Hardback £25: www.saqibooks.com... read more
  • Our 2017-18 season of talks and events has already started, with a strong and moving presentation by Léonie​ Northedge and Marwa Baabbad of the Saferworld organisation on “Women’s Role in Conflict, Peace and Security in Yemen” on 7 September. We are looking forward to an update on the political and diplomatic background by our... read more
  • It is very difficult for me as chairman of the B-YS, to write a "festive season" message to members of the British-Yemeni Society.  The past few days have seen the launch of a major appeal in the UK by the Disasters Emergency Committee, highlighting the human tragedy that continues to unfold in Yemen, and reminding us that... read more
  • Dear Members, I am saddened to have to say that the news from Yemen has not improved since I wrote at the beginning of July.  The peace talks in Kuwait paused for a couple of weeks at the end of June but resumed in mid-July.  The Kuwaiti Government gave the sides in the talks two weeks to reach agreement, but this... read more
  • Dear Members, Our AGM was well attended on 2 June, just before the start of Ramadan.  The buffet at Baden Powell House, over the road from the Yemeni Embassy, made it a pleasant social occasion.  Our Yemeni co-President, HE Dr Yassin Noman, attended, but the British Ambassador to Yemen, Edmund Fitton-Brown, was... read more
  • The British-Yemeni Society has added its name to a statement calling on governments to stop to arms supplies to all parties in the current conflict in Yemen, and for a credible international mechanism to investigate allegations of serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law committed in Yemen. For... read more
  • The news from Yemen has remained grim over the past weeks.  Security in Aden is poor to say the very least; Taizz is still a battleground inside a siege as far as one can tell; and Sana'a waits apprehensively as forces opposed to the Houthis and/or Saleh (but loyal to whom?) edge towards the city from the East.  The... read more
  • The British-Yemeni Society, its Chairman Dr Robert Wilson, OBE and its Executive Committee note with sorrow the death of Dr Abdul Karim al-Eryani, a central figure in Yemeni politics over several decades, and also a man of great culture and knowledge. His family have issued a moving plea for peace and an end... read more
  • YEMEN CRISIS APPEAL The British-Yemeni Society has been observing with concern the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen over the past months.  The Society is especially aware of the plight of the families and friends of our members in the country.  As a response to the continued crisis it has... read more