GECHR condemns the arrest of eight Yemeni women by the Houthi militia

Gulf European Centre for Human Rights


GECHR condemns the arrest of eight Yemeni women by the Houthi militia


8th October 2018


The arrest of women in Yemen is part of Houthi's policy since the coup against the legitimate government in September 2014. In fact, the Houthi militia violates the rights of any Yemeni citizen if people oppose their policy of extremism and terrorism in Yemen. According to international organisations Houthi exploits children in their bloody wars, kill and execute the educated group of people such as teachers and professors, and abandon the opposition and arrest women. This policy means violating international law and human rights, and international humanitarian law.  

Al-Houthi militia recently arrested eight women at the University of Sana'a, the capital of the State of Yemen, on October 6, 2018, on charges of making propaganda against the militia. In fact, the eight Yemenis were opposed to the policy of Houthi to interfere in the university and scientific centers, in which the scientific centers such as the university are not a place for political discussions and political differences among different groups, but Houthi aims to dominate all institutions in Yemen, including scientific institutions like universities.

The names of the female were arrested by the Militia on 6th October 2018:

1-         Rahab Al-Aghbari

2-         Asma Al-Akoe

3-         Yasmin Saad

4-         Kholod Al-Rahbi

5-         Faten Al-dhifi

6-         Yasmin Almarani

7-         Balghis Al-Aadin

8-         Roay Al-Jayefi


Reliable sources in Yemen also reported that al-Houthi's militia killed Dr Sami al-Masuri on Saturday 6 October 2018 at Dhamar University on an unclear charge. The sources said that the Houthi militia broke into the university in the Yemeni city of Dhamar and killed Dr Sami in front of the students' eyes in the university. The sources added that the Houthi militia threatened students and professors would face the same path if they opposed the militia policy in Yemen.

Since the occupation of the capital and the overthrow of the legitimate government in Yemen (September 2014), al-Houthi militia killed dozens of professors and students, and arrested hundreds of Yemeni women, specifically the capital Sana'a, Dhamar, the port of Hodaida, Amran and Sa’da. After the legitimate government urged the Saudi-led international coalition to free Yemen from the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, the militia began to kill a number of citizens on charges of dealing with legitimacy and coalition forces. The UN Fact Finding Mission in Yemen and other international and local human rights organisations have collected information on crimes against humanity and possible war crimes during the Yemeni war to record all crimes against humanity in Yemen.

Investigators and international human rights organisations, such as the Gulf European Centre for Human Rights have prepared numerous reports, many of which include shocking evidence of village destruction, torture, siege to starve and mass bombardment of civilians. Therefore, there is no doubt that the war crimes in Yemen have been committed by al-Houthi.

The Gulf European Centre for Human Rights calls upon on the Security Council, the Human Rights Council and the international community to condemn the Houthis' policy of arresting eight women and killing a university professor in Dhamar. The Centre also calls on all international organisations to be transparent in their reports and not to choose silence on Houthi crimes in Yemen. 

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