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Supervisor Elham AbolFateh
Editor in Chief Mohamed Wadie

Behind The Scenes: Talks with Yemeni Journalists Kidnapped by Houthis


Mon 12 Jul 2021 | 06:25 PM

SEE News interviewed, on Saturday, Yemeni journalists who were kidnapped by the Houthis for five years and half, presenting their tragic story to the world.

The discussion began with Editor in Chief Mohamed Wadie, where he welcomed Dr. Wesam Basindowah, head of the March 8 Bloc for Yemeni Women, and all attendees at the headquarters of SEE News.

Mohamed Wadie

Wadie hoped that peace would prevail in Yemen once again. Moreover, he asserted that this awful tragedy will be reported, clarifying that many people are ignorant of what is happening in Yemen by the Houthis, especially with the press and journalists.

On his part, Dr. Faisal Al-Qaifi spoke about the issue and affirmed that it will be submitted in accordance with human rights mechanisms to the Human Rights Council.

Dr. Faisal Al-Qaifi

Al-Qaifi also ensured two things; guaranteeing the rights of formerly detained journalists and families of the victims, and making sure that criminals do not go unpunished.

In the same vein, Basindowah thanked all the attendees and confirmed that this meeting was coordinated in Cairo to document it in parallel with the 47th session of the Human Rights Council, noting that the Council is still held until July 13.

Dr. Wesam Basindowah

The live testimonies and meetings will be translated and published on the website and sent to the High Commissioner for Human Rights. In addition, the outputs will be sent to all media agencies and human rights organizations.

Indeed, this will leave a permanent notice that there are live human rights issues with Yemenis and we urge them to deal with these issues.

Additionally, Mr. Mansour Al-Shadadi thanked the journalists, who had been attacked and violated, for their presence and courage.

Mansour Al-Shadadi

Al-Shadadi stated that the violations will be forgotten if the victim does not tell what happened to him/her, whether during the assault or arrest.

Qabool Al-Absi, sister of journalist Mohamed Abdo Al Absi who was poisoned in Sana’a, talked about her brother and how he was subjected to violation by the Houthis.

Qabool Al-Absi

Al-Absi mentioned that her brother had been through so much because of the Houthis. She indicated that they were continuously monitoring his home, phone and movements.

They broke into the family’s house multiple times to search for the journalist’s belongings after he was poisoned and killed. Also, Qabool received death threats through crushing her by one of the Houthi leaders' cars in Sana'a.

The two recently released journalists, Haitham and Essam, recounted their story of arrest and torture. Hence, they are considered eyewitnesses to abduction of thousands in Al-Houthi prisons.

In this manner, they submitted a paper, written in Arabic and English, in which they summarized their suffering in the six years.

Last but not least, Dr. Basindowah emphasized that everyone must stand with the journalists and deliver their cause to the international community.

She stressed that the Houthi movement targets freedom of opinion and expression, particularly, in adopting the practices of the Iranian regime in the policies of silence and torture.