| 27 May 2024, Monday |

Yemen Report Says Houthis behind 40,000 Human Rights Violations in Mahwit

Shedding light on crimes committed by Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, a local human rights organization said it has documented over 40,000 humanitarian violations staged by the group in Al Mahwit Governorate since September 2014.

Rassd for Rights and Freedoms (RRF) released a report covering 40,506 humanitarian violations carried out by Houthis against civilians in Al Mahwit between September 2014 and September 2021.

The monitor reported on Houthis killing, forcibly displacing, torturing, and kidnapping civilians, as well as recruiting child soldiers and plundering private and public institutions.

According to RRF’s report, Houthis are behind 19 cases of extrajudicial killing, four cases of death under torture, and four assassination cases against civilians opposed to the insurgency in Al Mahwit.

More so, the Iran-backed militia issued illegal sentences to execute five civilians and kidnapped 1,692 civilians, including 30 children, 18 senior adults, and nine women.

The human rights watchdog also recorded 89 cases of enforced disappearance and 173 physical and psychological torture cases in Houthi prisons.

RRF’s report revealed that the Iranian-backed Houthi militia forcibly recruited 175 underage children, deprived 20,000 children of their right to education, and transformed 13 schools into military barracks and housing for insurgency gunmen.

Houthis took over 33 government institutions, confiscated aid in 27 cases, displaced 8,910 people, and dismissed 16,000 civilians and soldiers from public service.

The insurgency group is threatening 96 other civil servants with dismissal too.

Additionally, at least 24 activists and politicians have received death threats from the group.

Houthi militiamen have also destroyed 17 shops across Al Mahwit’s provincial capital and districts.

Asma Al-Jaldi, a local human rights officer in Al Mahwit, called on the international community, humanitarian and human rights organizations, and the UN special envoy for Yemen to intervene seriously and immediately stop the militia’s crimes and violations.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat