Failing the case of our abducted, arbitrarily detained, and forcibly disappeared sons have continued for a long time. The case, which is primarily humanitarian, has been accompanied by postponement and delay by the international community and Yemeni parties while the violations in detention centers continue, resulting in the deterioration of our detained sons’ conditions.
According to the cases documented by Abductees’ Mothers Association, there are, currently, 413 abducted civilians, including 97 forcibly disappeared individuals, held by Houthi armed group, 18 arbitrarily detained civilians held by the security forces in Marib, and 5 arbitrarily detained civilians held by the Joint Forces at the western coast.
Dozens of abductees suffer critical and horrible medical conditions. The family of Tawfiq Al-Mansouri, a journalist, has reported “His life is in danger and he is in dire need of a transfer to a hospital to receive the proper treatment and medical care. The deterioration in his health is a result of the physical and mental torture he has been facing in Houthi armed group’s prisons while the group deny him the right of treatment and hospitalization. Houthis are, apparently, determined to lead him and the other journalists to slow death, as repeatedly threatened by the group.”
Additionally, many abductees have been forcibly disappeared for long periods of time, only to be returned to their families as dead bodies, like the case of Yasser Al-Junaid from Alhudayda, who was forcibly disappeared by Houthis for five years and his family could only see him as a dead body.
At Abductees’ Mothers Association, we rally, by the office of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Yemen, to condemn stalling the implementation of the humanitarian issue of abductees. Since signing the Stockholm Agreement, only a limited part of the issue has been carried out in October, 2020. It has not been fully implemented despite the repeated promises to completely solve the issue.
We, also, condemn the recurring violations against our abducted, forcibly disappeared, and arbitrarily detained sons held by all parties, and demand their unconditional release.
Issued by Abductees’ Mothers Association, Sana’a.
August 4th, 2022.