A human rights symposium in Geneva reviews the human rights situation in Yemen

 Aqeel: The Houthis commit violations that amount to war crimes

Rahati: Widespread torture and kidnappings in Houthi-controlled areas

Fakhri Al-Nasser, those involved in war crimes in Yemen must be held accountable

Islam Fawqi: Justice is still elusive in Yemen

Partners for Transparency, in cooperation with the Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights, organized a seminar on the human rights situation in Yemen, on the sidelines of the 42nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, which began its work this September.

The symposium shed light on the violations committed by the Houthi militia in Yemen after five years of conflict, as Ayman Aqil, head of the Maat Foundation, confirmed that Houthi forces are committing brutal violations against Yemenis that amount to war crimes, and Aqeel described during the symposium the report of the UN Panel of Experts on Yemen as It is weak in terms of methodology and lacks documented sources. It also covers many violations committed by the militia.

Murad Al-Gharati, a member of the International Alliance for Peace and Development, indicated that there is a large number of violations committed by the Houthi militia against civilians, related to health and education, and the increase in bombing, sniping and other human rights violations, in addition to the spread of torture, kidnappings and enforced disappearances. Al-Gharati pointed out that the Houthi militia had arrested more than 300 women during the last three years. About 288 women are still inside prisons, in poor detention conditions.

For his part, Islam Fawqi, Director of the Policy Analysis Unit at the Maat Foundation, explained that the statistics that we have obtained during the last four years show that the Houthis committed more than 20 thousand cases of violations of the right of women in Yemen, between killing, injury, physical assault and cases of violence, especially in the cities and regions where It is controlled by the Houthi militia. Fawki added that justice is still elusive, amid a large number of flagrant violations that are systematically and without accountability, including enforced disappearances, torture and other cruel treatment that amount to war crimes.

Meanwhile, Yemeni activist Arwi Khattabi added that women in Yemen face many violations by the Houthi militia, as the rate of violence against women in Yemen has increased in a worrying way. Especially in light of the absence of state institutions, protection organizations and community awareness in the Houthi-controlled areas.

For his part, Professor Fakhri Al-Nasser, arbitrator in disputes of an international character, and Secretary General of the Human Rights Commission of the German International Development and Peace Organization, called on the international community to form a war crimes court in Yemen, similar to the Tribunal for Rwanda and the Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He also called for action and contribution to solving the Yemen crisis, stopping the fighting, passing humanitarian aid to those who deserve it, and holding those involved in these crimes accountable.


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