American Center for Justice (ACJ) Condemns the Mass Abduction of the People of Al-Arah Village, al-Ahjar in Shebam District of Al-Mahwit Governorate

American Center for Justice (ACJ) expresses its condemnation of the home-raids which the people of Al-Arah village were subjected to on the night of 29 Ramadan, corresponding to May 11, 2021, by Houthi armed men led by the Houthi supervisor “Abo Ali” with the use of three military vehicles after they received their orders from “Fawaz Fare’e”, the supervisor of the Houthi group in Shebam district, and “Ahmed Al- Khadari”, the deputy supervisor in the district.

 The monitors of (ACJ) have monitored this incident which terrorized the children and women in addition to all the residents of the village as the heavily armed vehicles and the gunmen broke into the houses and the mosque of the village and took 42 citizens at gunpoint to a secret prison belonging to the Houthi group in the center of the district.

The information received by the Center confirms that the abductees were subjected to inhuman treatment as well as physical and psychological torture with the aim of forcing them to confess that they were responsible for blurring some of the slogans of the Houthi group on some of the walls of village’s houses and the wall of the mosque beside tearing pictures of Houthi and Iranian leaders including the picture “Qasem Suleimani” and the leader of Huzbullah Hasan Nasrallah.

(A.S) who is a relative of one of the abductees states that “It was a night of terror. We have never imagined we would sleep in fear and insecurity in our own houses except in the era of the Houthi. So suddenly, you wake up to the sound of the chaos caused by the gunmen raiding the village and terrorizing the children and women without conscience or religious, humanitarian and moral causes. My relatives were put into prisons because of the picture of an Iranian and the death slogan. Our children and women lived in trepidation during such moments and some women got sick from the shock of storming the houses by the Houthi elements and pointing their guns at the heads of the civilians.

American Center for Justice (ACJ) stresses that the persistence of widespread violations committed by the Houthi group undermines the chances of peace and the efforts of stopping the war which the international community and the United Nations try to stabilize. It also doubles the tragedy of Yemenis who have been suffering from war, hunger and displacement for the sixth year. Adding to that, such practices are condemned under local and international laws and contradict all the covenants and treaties.  

ACJ calls on the Houthi group to put an end to the violations committed against the civilians and to immediately release all the abductees. It also calls on the UN organizations to condemn this incident and to stand by the victims and support them in addition to putting pressure on the Houthi group to stop their violations against the Yemeni people.

Issued by American Center for Justice (ACJ)

17 May 2021

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