In continuation of the advocacy campaign launched by Abductees’ Mothers Association entitled (Justice for Abductees), Abductees’ Mothers Association held a vigil this morning, Tuesday, in front of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Sana'a.
The mothers demanded in their vigil, which coincided with the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, that those who detained, disappeared, and tortured the journalists should be held accountable. They also called for putting an end to the impunity of the violators and those who ordered these practices.
The association stated that 6 journalists are still kidnapped by the Houthi group and these journalists are (Tawfiq Al-Mansouri, Abdel-Khaleq Emran, Akram Al-Walidy, Harith Hamid, Nabil Al-Sadawi, Younis Abdel-Salam), in addition to the forcibly disappeared journalist (Wahid Al-Sufi).
Most of these journalists have been kidnapped for more than 6 years, including 4 journalists under threat of the death penalty. Moreover, journalist (Ahmed Maher) is still detained by the Security Belt Forces of the Transitional Council.
The statement said that the abducted journalists were subjected to numerous violations, including enforced disappearance and severe physical torture, such as severe beatings with sticks, electric wires and rifle butts until they bleed. They are also hung for long hours, electrocuted, and intimidated by police dogs and mentally-ill men that are put with them in the same cells.
One of the mothers of the abductees spoke through tears: “They tortured us by kidnapping our sons eight years ago. They deprived them of life. Our sons are now sick.
They suffer behind bars and face the death penalty.
Release our sons!” The statement stressed that the journalists are medically neglected, which has significantly affected their physical health and caused them to suffer from chronic diseases that reduce their practical opportunities. Furthermore, the kidnapped journalists are threatened and videotaped to force them to make statements dictated to them under torture and psychological pressure in exchange for their freedom.
The mothers' statement condemned all violations against their sons, the kidnapped and detained journalists, calling for the dropping of death sentence against the four kidnapped journalists and the unconditional release of them and all journalists.