Political Analysis

Violations of Human Rights Increases Sada’a Tops List of Most Offenses

National Yemen

Sa'ada in the north of Yemen Capital

By NY Staff

As the general situation deteriorated in Yemen last year, so did the general state of human rights. The National Forum for Human Rights reported that violations for human rights increased on a large scale last year coinciding with the run up to the presidential elections.

With the help of the National Fund for Development, the NFHR recorded 493 cases of violations of human rights as part of its efforts to monitor the violations of human rights.  According to the National Forum, victims of the violations amount to 227,000 victims in all of the Yemeni governorates.

In its monthly report, the National Forum stated that Sada’a governorate came at the top of the list of violations with a number of 152 cases and around 26,000 victims. After Sada’a, from most to least, the governorates of Beida, Dhamar, Mareb, Luder, Hadramout, Shabwa, Taiz, Hodeida, Abyan, Dhali, Raima, Aden, Haja, Mahweet, Jawf, Ibb, Sana’a and Mahara also faced violations. [j1]  According to the report, violations were distributed between murder, physical assault, failed murders and threats. They also included arrests, arbitrary detention, denied rights of freedom of expression, damaged properties, suicides, rape and domestic violence.

The report stated that members of the field monitoring team also detected 500 cases slavery in Hodeida governorate committed by Sheikhs. However, the team could not get direct complaints from the enslaved people making it difficult to report on this topic.

They also reported six cases of illegal detention in Haja that clearly violate the Yemeni constitution. The detainees are Basheer Hizam, Yousef Mohammed, Mojammal Mohammed, Hamid Ali, Hamoud Ali, Akram Mohammed Ali and they have been detained for over ten months.  The victims were from the different groups in the community including workers, employees, refugees, students, children, women activists, politicians, lawyers and journalists.

According to the report, security and judicial authorities and other governmental institutions like security and tribal forces were responsible for the violations. Also, influential sheikhs and militants, family members and citizens committed human rights violations.

The report accused the official authorities of tepid responses for the violations committed during February. The report stated that the members of the monitoring team would be able to help 212 victims with judicial support.

 [j1]The main article mentions the number of violations for each governorate but I preferred not to mention them  and I also prefer not to mention the rest of governorates.