Journalists, Abdulkhaleq Amran, Tawfiq Al-Mansouri, Akram Al-Waleedi, and Hareth Humaid, have been threatened by Houthis to be executed in case they are not exchanged with war prisoners by the government, as stated by their lawyer, Abdulmajeed Sabra.
On April 11th, 2020, Houthi armed group issued a judgement of executing the four journalists, who were abducted in June 2015 in Sana’a.
Since their abduction, the journalists have been subjected to physical and psychological torture, and transferred to various prisons.
By the end of 2020, they were eventually transferred to Central Security Base Prison, where they have been deprived of any visits.
At Abductees’ Mothers Association, we demand stopping the execution judgements of, and unconditionally releasing the abducted journalists.
We call upon the United Nations and its Special Envoy to mount the necessary pressure upon Houthi armed group to release them.
We disapprove and condemn using abducted civilians and journalists as hostages to negotiate their freedom in order to gain political leverage, which is an outrageous violation of human rights. We call upon human rights organizations, locally and internationally, to intensify their efforts to guarantee that such crimes will not go unpunished.
Issued by Abductees’ Mothers Association March 19th, 2021