Yemen: Abductees Mothers Association Condemns the Houthi and Saleh Armed Groups Assault on Its Rally by the UN Office in Sanaa

Abductees’ Mothers Association strongly condemns the Houthi and Saleh armed groups assault on their protesting rally by to the UN Office in Sana’a, on Monday, which was urging the UN to carry out its duty to protect the fundamental rights of their sons.

They said in an official statement that this incident was a brutal attack on the mothers of hundreds of civilian abductees who were in Houthi/Saleh detention centers for more than 19 months.

Houthi and Saleh armed group assault against mothers is violating all human rights, fundamental civil rights and human morals, as well as social values and traditions of the Yemeni conservative society, particularly when it occurred right at the doors of the UN office in Sana’a.

Abductees’ Mothers suffered vicious physical attack, brutal assault and beating by rifle butts once they arrived at the UN office in Sana’a, during the visit of the UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Chiekh Ahmed, to organize their rally demanding the urgent release of their sons and family members from Houthi detention centers.

Houthi and Saleh armed groups confiscated mobile phones of the female protesters and publicly insulted them with very foul word and shameless act, with no consideration or respect to their elderly age.

We are calling upon the UN, international human rights organizations, feminism activists and international community to carry out their duties and protect us and our civil rights from such brutal violations, and demanding them to play their role to force the Houthi armed group to immediately release our sons and relatives from their prisons and detention centers.

The systemic violations of Houthi and Saleh armed groups are very severe to the abductees and their families in Sana’a. This attack is considered a clear message that Houthi and Saleh armed group are turning the case of civilian abductees to a political blackmail and bargain, despite clearly being a humanitarian cause.