On the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, which falls on August 30, the American Center for Justice (ACJ) calls for the release and redress of all victims of enforced disappearance by all parties and for disclosing their whereabouts and their fate without restrictions or conditions.
The Yemeni Organization for Abductees and Captives says that it documented (2002) cases of enforced disappearance in Houthi prisons, including (125) children, (1861) men and (16) women, while the Abductees’ Mothers Association in Aden stated that there were 57 abductees and forcibly disappeared persons in the Security Belt and formations affiliated with the Transitional Council, some of whom have been kidnapped for 6 years.
The American Center for Justice (ACJ) believes that the tragedies of enforced disappearances in Yemen have not stopped or decreased, but rather have escalated in recent years as a result of the local conflict, the multiplicity of parties involved in it, and the impunity that accompanies these crimes, which allows the commission of more of them and provides the perpetrators with the opportunity to continue their lives and their crimes undeterred.
The warring parties continue to commit the crime of enforced disappearance in most regions of Yemen, and civilians of all groups and ages, even women and children, are subjected to this crime. These violations come in the context of human rights violations in general, including kidnapping, torture, ill-treatment, sexual violence, gender-based violence and extrajudicial execution.
The Center stresses that the crimes of enforced disappearance leave psychological, economic and social effects on the relatives of the victims, and if the victim survives them, he/she would have an imperfect life due to the double effects of the crime on him/her.
The (ACJ) condemns the continued impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators of enforced disappearances as this situation still prevails, and there is no deterrent or procedure that brings justice to the victims. Moreover, the identities of the perpetrators of these crimes remain unknown as if protecting them is the justice. Therefore, the Center calls on the international community to take measures and positions to end the state of impunity, ensure accountability, and achieve justice and redress for its victims and their families.