In conjunction with the commencement of the negotiations between the government and Houthi armed group in Jordan, under the auspices of the United Nations, hundreds of abductees’ mothers, wives, daughters, and relatives hold tight to the hope of ending the inhumanly prolonged suffering.
At the beginning of 2021, and as we were looking forward to complete release of all abductees and detainees, people of Alhayma, in Taiz, were subjected to great abduction campaigns by Houthi armed group, which resulted in abducting 145 civilians. Beside the abductions, houses were stormed, burned down, and destroyed, and women and children were terrorized.
As documented by Abductees’ Mothers Association, Houthis hold 725 civilians arbitrarily detained, among of whom two women and 127 sick ones, and 119 forcibly disappeared, including two women.
On the other hand, the government holds 6 civilians arbitrarily detained. At Abductees’ Mothers Association, we stress on the abducted and detained civilians’ right of freedom, granted by the national and international laws, hold the violators fully responsible for their lives and safety, and demand their immediate release.
As we believe in fair and complete peace, we present the following recommendation, to the UN and its special envoy, to be considered during the negotiations;
To mount pressure upon both parties to release abducted women immediately and unconditionally.
To mount the needed pressure upon both parties to uncover the fate of the forcibly disappeared persons and grant them their rights, with no delay like previous negotiations and agreements.
To mount the necessary pressure in order to urgently release sick abductees, since the association has documented the death of 14 civilians due to medical negligence at Houthi prisons since 2016.
To empower organizations’ and UN agencies’ roles of providing medical and mental support to released abductees.
In order to stop the agreements from being turned into mere signed paper, and to freedoms from being left with no protection, we call upon the Security Council to;
Compel both parties to stop abductions, arbitrary arrest, and forced disappearance, and impose punishment upon those who continue carrying out such crimes.
Guarantee that such crimes must not go unpunished.
Issued by Abductees’ Mothers Association.
January 26th, 2021