Houthi militia abducted 16,804 civilians in 8 years: report IG News

According to a human rights report, during the period from September 2014 to the end of August 2022, the Iranian-backed Houthi militia abducted 16,804 civilians.

The Yemeni Network for Rights and Freedom said in a report that more than 4,201 civilian abductees, whose information and data have been verified, are still in Houthi militia prisons.

Among the abducted in Houthi prisons

  • 512 Sheikhs and social figures

Arrested in Houthi prisons

  • 96 cases of arrest of lawyers and judges
  • 93 cases of arrest of doctors
  • 376 cases of arrest of employees and administrators
  • 293 cases of arrest of scavengers and marginal workers
  • 81 cases of arrest of foreigners and refugees
  • 78 cases of arrest of traders

Deaths in Houthi prisons

  • 147 cases of liquidation inside jails
  • 282 died due to negligence in jails
  • 92 detainees died of heart attacks after they were denied access to necessary treatment.
  • Torture and neglect by the Houthi group resulted in 52 captives suffering kidney failure and total or hemiplegia.

According to the report, more than 98 detainees died days after being released from Houthi militia prisons and it is likely that they were given poisonous injections before their release from the detention centers.

old and sick

Among those abducted by the Houthis are elderly persons over the age of 60, as well as young children under the age of 14, the wounded and patients with heart, diabetes, blood pressure, and chronic psychiatric, neurological, and skin diseases.

The report confirmed that “about 1,317 Yemenis are still forcibly disappeared in Houthi militia prisons, including 84 women and 76 children.”

According to the report, Houthi militias “subjected approximately 4,012 captives, abductees and enforced disappearances to psychological and physical torture, used them as human shields, and liquidated them inside Houthi prisons, of which 463 cases were treated as human shields”. taken as.”

The Yemeni Network for Rights and Freedom called on the international community to pressure the Houthi militias to unconditionally release all prisoners.

In the context of Houthi violations, Yemeni model Antaser al-Hammadi was subjected to beatings and violence in Houthi group prisons, breaking her nose.

The Abductees’ Mothers Association, an umbrella organization representing thousands of female relatives of civilian prisoners of war, said it had received an urgent request from the wife of detainee Adel Tariq al-Baydani, who protested her indefinite detention and ill health. Fasted for two weeks. Cure, to save him from death.

The organization said on Twitter that, “Al-Baydani’s wife pleaded for her husband’s release, citing serious health conditions, and that the Houthi group threatened hunger strikers, including the elderly, with death if they did not end Then they will be transferred to the basement of the prison. strike.”

Political crisis and human suffering

Yemen has been witnessing great humanitarian suffering for more than 7 years as a result of an ongoing war between pro-government forces backed by an Arab military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the Iran-backed Houthis who control several. On the other hand since September 2014 the governorate including the capital Sanaa.

The rebels control Sanaa and most of northern Yemen, including the city of Hodeidah on the Red Sea coast, which includes a port considered a lifeline for millions of residents in Houthi areas.

The war in Yemen has directly or indirectly caused the deaths of more than 377,000 people and the displacement of thousands in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to UN details.

Hans Grundberg, the special envoy for Yemen, announced that the parties to the conflict had responded positively to a UN proposal for a two-month ceasefire that came into force on April 2, 2022 and was renewed after the end of Yemen. period of two months with the consent of all the parties.

While the Houthi militias violated their obligations, including lifting their siege imposed on Taiz Governorate, and violated the ceasefire several times, the UN ceasefire renewed to increase their violations during the first week of October 2022 Refused to do.

The UN is calling for a permanent ceasefire to revive the course of political talks, which have been practically suspended since Sweden’s signing of the accord on Hodeidah in 2018.


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