ABU DHABI, Sep 28 2015 (IPS) – (WAM) – A report from the Yemeni Coalition to Monitor Human Rights Violations (YCMHRV) operating in Yemen says that human rights violations have reached unprecedented levels, with more than 3,000 people murdered by the insurgent Houthi militia and its allies in Yemen. The report Yemen, outlines the atrocities committed over the past year in Sana’a, the capital, Aden, Taiz, Lahej, Hodiedah, Addali’e, Abyan, Dhamar and Shabwa governorates.
The findings show that between September 2014 and August 2015, 3,074 people were murdered, about 20 percent of whom were women and children, and 7,347 civilians were wounded due to random shelling, at least 25 percent of whom were women and children. A total of 5,894 people were arbitrarily detained during the monitoring period – 4,640 of them were released and 1,254 people remain in captivity.
The report also focuses on arbitrary detention, forcible disappearances and hostage taking violations, which the monitors said have been carried out regularly by the rebel militia against politicians, journalists, and human rights and political activists. It said detainees are frequently mistreated and deprived of basic needs such as food, water and proper hygiene and sanitation. Monitors also reported that some detainees are used as human shields at military sites that have been targeted by the Coalition airstrikes.
“This is a clear violation of both national and international legislation,” said the report. “The de facto forces, the Houthis, failed to observe their commitment towards human rights and humanitarian law, being the power in control that practices the state’s functions. Rather, the Houthis-Saleh showed total recklessness towards human rights and human suffering.”
The report concludes with recommendations, calling on the Houthi-Saleh militia, Yemeni government and the international community to implement relevant UN Security Council resolutions. It also calls on the international community to support the newly established National Commission to investigate alleged human rights Violations with all needed technical assistance. (END)