The American Center for Justice – ACJ statement on arresting peaceful protesters in Sana’a

24/9/2020

The American center for Justice (ACJ) has been following with great concern the ongoing rise in unlawful detention of civilians in areas under Houthis control including the capital of Yemen, Sana’a which saw angry protests in solidarity with Abdullah Al-Aghbari whose case has become a public opinion issue.

Some witnesses described to the American Center for Justice(ACJ) how Houthis, who control most of the northern governorates since September 2014, arrested protesters participating in a peaceful protest. The protesters demanded to bring the perpetrators who committed the heinous crime of slaughtering a young man named Abdullah Al-Aghbari to justice.

A leaked video has been circulating on Facebook which showed five men torturing Al-Aghbari to death resulted in triggering protests in Sana’a.

A security official stated to the American Center for Justice (ACJ) that more than 120 protesters were detained by Houthis most of whom were released later on the same day whereas 30 other young men were held in custody.

The relatives of the 30 detainees said to the American Center for Justice (ACJ) that they were promised by Houthi affiliated security officials to release the detained young men once the investigation is completed. However, they were shocked when they were informed that the detainees were moved to the prison of the Criminal Investigation Department.

Thus, The American Center for Justice (ACJ) condemns in the strongest terms these violations to the national law, the constitution of Yemen and international treaties and calls Houthi militia and other parties to the conflict to to immediately cease all acts of human rights violations including forced disappearance and arbitrary detention. The American Center for Justice (ACJ) also calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all detainees and to disclose the fate or whereabouts of forcibly disappeared persons.

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