After forcibly storming it, Houthi armed group has illegally abducted dozens of civilians from Alhayma, located at north-eastern area of Taiz governorate. Many of these abductees are minors.
Only 11 civilians, among of whom are 4 minors, have been released. At Abductees’ Mothers Association, we greatly condemn abducting 95 civilians, including 13 minors, and inhumanely terrorizing women. We, also, condemn forcibly storming, destroying and burning down houses.
In our rally, we hold Houthi armed group responsible for the lives and safety of our abducted sons. We demand the group to immediately release and reunite the abductees with their families in order to achieve the necessary peace for them and their families.
We call upon the United Nations and Security Council to compel Houthi armed group to immediately release the abducted and forcibly disappeared civilians from Alhayma, hold the perpetrators accountable for their deeds, and fulfil their responsibilities by reuniting the victims with their families as an attempt to build peace in the area.
We call upon local and international human rights organizations to stand behind the civilians at Alhayma until the fate of the forcibly disappeared is uncovered, as such crimes must not go unpunished.
Issued by Abductees’ Mothers Association, Taiz.
January 17th, 2021.