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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Freedom for Kidnapped Journalists Held in Houthis' Prison


7Dnews London

Sat, 27 Apr 2019 09:01 GMT

Human rights organisations are very concerned about the well-being of ten journalists who have been kidnapped, and held since 2015, and who are currently imprisoned by Yemen's Houthi rebels in prisons in the capital, Sana'a. 

The Gulf-European Centre for Human Rights has submitted an urgent human rights appeal to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, on behalf of the ten families of the kidnapped journalists, concerned that the journalists are being subjected to continuing physical and emotional abuse, as they have been held for weeks in the Political Security Prison in Sana'a.

Visits to the journalists have been banned by the Houthi militia throughout the past months, but it is believed that the journalists have been under interrogation in the prisons, where they have been exposed to beatings and torture both individually and as a group, as well as suffering from the effects of solitary confinement.

And the journalists have also been denied other rights while in captivity, including their possessions, such as clothes and medications, and are all believed to be in a very poor state. 

The ten journalists being held are: Abdel Khaleq Omran, Tawfik Al Mansoury, Hassan Enab, Hareth Hamid, Hesham Tarmoum, Akram Al Walidy, Hesham Al Yousefy, Essam Belgith, Haitham Al Shahab, and Salah Al Qaady.  

According to pressure group, Reporters Without Borders, the ten journalists were abducted by the Houthis, on what the pressure group and Amnesty International describe as the absurd grounds that the Arab coalition, which supports the official government, could have used their reporting to help target its air strikes.

Human rights groups are calling for swift intervention to protect these journalists from further abuse, and to facilitate their swift release. Yemen is ranked 167th out of 180 countries in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index.

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