In sync with the advocacy campaign launched by Abductees’ Mothers Association entitled (Justice for Abductees), Abductees’ Mothers Associations held a vigil this morning, Thursday, in the city of Taiz.
The mothers demanded at their vigil the unconditional release of "526" kidnapped and disappeared by the Houthi group, including four journalists facing the death penalty. They also demanded the unconditional release of “18” kidnapped and disappeared by the security services of the legitimate government, “118” other abductees by the Security Belt in Aden, and “7” abductees by the Joint Forces on the West Coast.
The statement stressed the need to end the impunity of the perpetrators of kidnapping, arrest, disappearance and torture against civilians and to bring them to a fair trial as the continued kidnappings and arrests is a direct result of the lack of accountability and punishment of the perpetrators.
The statement called on the UN envoy and the international community to intensify pressure for the release and redress of the kidnapped, detained and forcibly disappeared civilians.
The wife of the forcibly disappeared "Mohammed Al-Senwi" called for the expeditious release of her husband who has been forcibly disappeared for seven years. She demanded legal accountability for those who violated her husband's right to freedom and justice asking: “Isn’t it the right of me and my children to have justice and to be able to see my husband? My little son keeps asking me everyday about the whereabouts of his father. I don’t have an answer to that question which hurts me more than him.”!
The campaign of 180 days for justice for abductees comes at a time when the Yemeni parties are failing to implement the signed agreements and are excluding the issue of the kidnapped and detainees from the efforts made locally, regionally and internationally, in addition to the intransigence and refusal of the arresting authorities to release the detained civilians whose rights to freedom are guaranteed by law.