Human rights organizations demand the punishment of those involved in the disappearance of civilians in Yemen

Yesterday (Friday), international human rights organizations called on the United Nations and the Security Council to bring those involved in the enforced disappearance of Yemeni civilians to the International Criminal Court and to include those cases in the reports of the Human Rights Council and the United Nations.

During their meeting with the team on enforced disappearances at the United Nations, Faisal Al-Qaifi, head of the Humanitarian Association for Rights in Switzerland, and Khaled Al-Afif, head of the Yemeni-German Forum for Freedoms in Germany, stressed the need for the rapporteur and his team to listen to live testimonies of the survivors of enforced disappearances and the families of the victims who are still hidden, and to present Guarantees that they will not be arrested under the witness protection programme.

The organizations at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva reviewed the cases of enforced disappearance in Yemen, their causes, the places where the victims are hidden and tortured, the types of torture they are subjected to, the parties that commit these violations, and the percentage of cases of disappearance by each party, stressing that the Houthi militia topped the list with 60% of the total. Cases of enforced disappearance in general, and 90% of cases of disappearance are related to women and journalists.

The organizations presented some testimonies from victims who were subjected to enforced disappearances and torture for periods varying between 4 months and 3 years, explaining that most of the victims whose testimonies were conveyed with detailed information were women, surviving journalists and some returnees to Yemen who were subjected to disappearance and arrest without clear charges or because of their title.

The two human rights defenders discussed the obstacles and obstacles facing the monitors in Yemen, the role of the judicial authorities, places of detention and disappearance, denouncing the women’s concealment and intimidation of their families from reporting or publishing the news of their disappearance for fear of scandal or that the family will be subjected to intimidation and arrest by armed groups.

The UN Panel on Enforced Disappearances assists families in knowing the fate or whereabouts of their members within the context of this humanitarian mandate, receives reports of disappearances from relatives of the disappeared persons or from human rights organizations on their behalf, studies them and refers them to the relevant governments to conduct investigations and inform them of the results. He monitors it periodically.

The UN team of 5 independent experts helps states overcome obstacles to the work of the Declaration to protect all persons from enforced disappearance, provides advisory services, investigates individual complaints, and reports to annual meetings in Geneva.

The American Center for Justice (ACJ) had confirmed the presence of more than 3,000 women in the central prison reformatories in Sana’a who are subjected to arbitrary violations by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, stressing that it had received an appeal from within the women’s department in the central reformatory in the capital, Sana’a, about the suffering female inmates of the reformatory From being deprived of visiting and communicating with their families, relatives, lawyers and anyone related to them.

The American Center indicated that female prisoners are prevented from meeting with organizations and bodies that visit the reformatory to see the conditions of male and female prisoners in particular, and receive threats to impose penalties on them, and to frame charges against them.

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