In its rally today by the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights in Sana’a, Abductees’ Mothers Association demanded Houthi armed group to uncover the fate of the forcibly disappeared journalist, Abdulkhaleq Amran, whose family was not allowed to visit or hear from him.
The association held Houthi armed group fully responsible for his and other journalists’ safety.
In its rally, Abductees’ Mothers Association stated that “while we were awaiting the release of the four journalists; Abdulkhaleq Amran, Akram Al-Waleedi, Tawfik Al-Mansouri and Hareth Humaid, after transferring them from Political Security Prison to Central Security in October 2020, and promising a near release. The promises were given due to the local and international pressure to stop the execution judgements issued by the Specialized Criminal Court in Sana’a, which has no jurisdiction and is not specialized in press cases, in April 11th, 2020. The journalists, themselves, were abducted in June 2015 in Sana’a, and has been subjected to physical and psychological torture which to led to many chronic injuries, disorders and diseases.
Their families were prevented of any visits at Central Security Prison, and the only contacts were rare ten-minute calls, monitored by Houthi officers, to ask for money. Eventually, Abdulkhaleq Amran was not allowed to contact his family and all news from him was stopped more than a month ago.”
Moreover, Abductees’ Mothers Association condemned continuing the abduction of the four journalists, subjecting them to mistreatment, and the prevention of the forcibly disappeared journalist of contacting his family.
It called upon the UN’s Special Envoy to mount the necessary pressure to immediately release all abductees, and to resume the negations of implementing Stockholm Agreement regarding the abductees and detainees.
Abductees’ Mothers Association called upon all media agencies, locally and internationally, to step up the pressure in order to release the four journalists, and all other abducted and detained journalists, and to stop using their freedom as leverage under any circumstances.