In Yemen.. Forcibly exiled after they were forcibly abducted by the Houthis

In Yemen.. Forcibly exiled after they were forcibly abducted by the Houthis

A new tragic reality imposed by the Houthis in Yemen on the kidnappers after they were taken out in a family exchange with the legitimate government, as they were forcibly deported from their families to areas outside the control of the Houthis.

Fouad al-Turki, one of the thousands kidnapped by the Houthis, was dreaming of returning home, recently being forcibly deported from Sanaa, where his family is located, and deported to Marib, east of Sanaa.

Following his arrival in Marib, Turki told al-Jazeera that he felt very sad that he could no longer return to his home or visit the tomb of his parents, who had died during his detention since their death was not accompanied by his release at that time.

"Even my family couldn't meet them in Marib, I don't know how I'm going to live now and I don't get a job, so how will I save them the daily food?"

The Association of Mothers of Abductees--a non-governmental organization--says the number of detainees released for a family exchange with the Houthis is estimated at 450, about 140 of them this year.

New Suffering

"I am far from my family," The young man Kamal al-weshah described his suffering with forced deportation, after two years of detention in al-Houthi prisons and  living in Marib half a year ago, adding "I am currently in exile, and although Sanaa event it is  no more than 200 km, it is forbidden to us."

For their part, the public relations official of the Association of Mothers of Abductees, um Anas, said that exchanges with the Houthis deprived the detainees of their natural right to return to their families, work and study, as well as deprive them of movement between the governorates controlled by the al-Houthi group.

"According to the assertions of the officials in Sana'a (the Houthis), there are measures taken by the authorities to them, namely the undertakings and guarantees required," he added, pointing out that a number of detainees who had gone out had coordinated and carried out the proceedings and returned to their homes while normally exercising their lives.

As for the nature of the exchange, Al-Matri argues that the mediators ' work is limited to coordination between the two parties, each party raises the names of those who want to release them, the mediators negotiate until the final disclosure agreed upon, and then help the released to return to their families.

However, Umm Anas believes that the exchange of detainees with Houthi fighters is a scandal against international laws, noting that  "The issue of the detainees is fair and humane and does not bear the burden and futility of political and military swaps."

In its report on Yemen, which it issued three days ago, the UN Committee of Experts considered exchanges of detainees versus prisoners as human rights violations.


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