The American Center for Justice (ACJ) revealed the killing of (295) civilians in Hajjah Governorate at the hands of the Houthi group during the period from January 2015 to December 2021.
A human rights report issued by the Center on Sunday stated that the Houthi group killed 164 citizens directly without legal justification, including (15) women, (18) children, in addition to (131) others killed by indiscriminate shelling of villages and cities, including (29) women, and (25) children.
On the other hand, the number of injuries caused by the Houthi fire reached (768), where (462) of the victims were injured by indiscriminate shelling, and (263) by gunshots, including (26) women and (58) children.
The Executive Director of the American Center for Justice (ACJ) reviewed the report entitled “Hajjah Governorate: Rights Violated and Freedoms Confiscated”, in a webinar via Zoom, on Sunday. He explained the obstacles and difficulties faced by the center’s monitoring team during the process of collecting data and information, field visits and interviewing witnesses in the governorate, which most of its districts are under the control of the Houthi group and its tight security grip.
Barman elaborated the division of the report and its contents, as the first section presented violations of international humanitarian law by the Arab coalition. During the reporting period, the center’s team obtained data on more than (24) coalition airstrikes that did not observe the rules of international humanitarian law, such as proportionality, military and humanitarian necessity, and distinction.
Those airstrikes killed and injured dozens of civilians and caused the destruction of private and public properties. The report included (3) cases, as an example only, in which 42 people were killed, including (6) children, and 63 were injured, including 19 children.
The second section is devoted to violations of international human rights law committed by the Houthi group. The report discussed in eleven paragraphs extrajudicial killing, arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance, torture and ill-treatment, bombing and looting of houses, and planting anti-personnel mines, which caused the death of (34) civilians, including (6) children and the injury of (26) others.
The other sections of the report contained data and statistics on attacks on public property, attacks on religious, cultural and historical objects, attacks on private property, looting of public and private property, forced displacement, obstruction of humanitarian aids, seizure and manipulation of its distribution, assaults on freedom of opinion and expression, forced levies and royalties, and violations related to childhood, such as the recruitment of children in summer centers, violations related to women, violations related to education, and changing school names.
A number of notables and activists in Hajjah governorate participated in the webinar such as Hadi Wardan, president of the Taqqasi Organization for Development and Human Rights in Hajjah governorate, who talked about the report and the violations prevailing in the governorate in general whereas the victim, Omar Muhammad Al-Junaid, described how he was tortured.
Hamza Al-Hadi also gave his testimony about the enforced disappearance of his father, who is still forcibly disappeared until this moment. In addition to Suhaib Ali Fallat, and Muhammad Salem Jabhan, head of the Civil Authority Organization, who spoke about how their houses were blown up and how their relatives were abducted and forcibly disappeared. The social figure, Muhammad Al-Redwa also spoke about his kidnapping and torture while Yahya Al-Saeedi talked about the forced displacement of him and his family.