The Abductees’ Mothers Association launched its sixth annual report entitled “Mothers at the Gates of Justice 3”, which contains the details of violation the abductees, detainees and forcibly disappeared persons were subjected to in the Republic of Yemen during the year 2021.
At the outset, the report highlighted its monitoring of the assaults on the Right to Life, which included “three death cases”. Two cases passed away inside the prisons of the Houthi group, one of whom was gunshot, and the other was demised as a result of medical negligence. However, one case passed away due to medical negligence in the prisons of the Security Belt Forces of the Transitional Council in Aden.
Meanwhile, the report monitored (586) civilians who were subjected to abduction and arrest. (422) were kidnapped by the Houthi group, including a woman and (13) children, (109) were arrested by the military formations of the Transitional Council, (48) were abducted by the security services affiliated with the legitimate government, including a woman, and (7) civilians were detained by the Joint Forces of the Western Coast.
Additionally, the report monitored two mass kidnapping campaigns carried out by the Houthi group in areas the group stormed in 2021, one of which was in Ma’rib Governorate, Abdiya District, and the other one was in Taiz Governorate, Haima District. The other mass kidnapping campaign was carried out by military formations affiliated with the Transitional Council in Aden Governorate, Crater District.
The report also included the details of the forcibly disappeared civilians. The forcibly disappeared civilians’ number reached (134) cases. They were forcibly disappeared from all violating parties in Yemen. This includes (62) were forcibly disappeared by the Houthi group, (59) were forcibly disappeared by the Security Belt Forces of the Transitional Council, (8) were hidden by the security forces of the Legitimate Government in the cities of Ma’rib and Taiz, and (5) were forcibly abducted by the Joint Resistance Forces of the Western Coast.
With regard to torture, the report highlighted the details of (490) torture cases, including (367) cases were tortured by the Houthi group, (98) cases were tortured by the Security Belt Forces of the Transitional Council, and (25) cases were tortured by the Security Forces of the Legitimate Government during the year 2021.
The report further included the detailed statistics for 689 cases of ill-treatment and medical negligence, including (601) cases with the Houthi group, (62) cases in the prisons of the Security Belt Forces affiliated with the Transitional Council, and (26) cases with the Security Forces of the Legitimate Government.
Likewise, the report indicated that in 2021, (141) abductees and detainees were released from the lists of all kidnapping and detention parties.
The report referred to the activities carried out by the Abductees’ Mothers Association, including hearings for (105) testimonies from the victims’ families regarding the violations they and their abductees were affected with, (41) protest stands were carried out, (50) statements, press reports and human rights reports were issued, and (48) weekly electronic newsletter were issued, all in 2021.
The Abductees’ Mothers Association also held (80) meetings with international and human rights figures, and sent (24) official letters and legal memoranda to a number of local and international figures. The association’s report included many different facts of all violations against the abductees, detainees, forcibly disappeared and their families conducted by all the violating parties.
The conclusion of the report forwarded the recommendations made by the Abductees’ Mothers Association to the United Nations, the countries sponsoring peace in Yemen, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Yemen, the Yemeni government, the Houthi group and to the Transitional Council; requesting them to release all the abductees and detainees, reveal the destiny of the forcibly disappeared, and put pressure on the signatory parties of the Stockholm Accord to implement the Exchange of Prisoners, Detainees, Missing, Forcibly Disappeared and under House Arrest comprehensively on a humanitarian basis without delay.
The Association in its recommendations further called for compiling the detaining parties to enable the victims of their rights guaranteed to them in the constitution and humanitarian law. The recommendations stressed on separating the civilian abductees’ file from the combatant prisoners’ file. It is recommended to pressurize for the immediate release of the kidnapped women as a humanitarian obligation, calling for strengthening the participation of women in the peace process, as their efforts are in the lead, in many humanitarian and human rights files.
The recommendations stressed on the need to include the families of the kidnapped and disappeared to vulnerable cases, provide them with their needs within relief programs, compensate the victims of torture and the released ones with a just compensation, as well as work to include the kidnapped and detainees in the Care Law of the Families of Martyrs and Fighters of the Yemeni Revolution.
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