Commission of inquiry: Al-Houthi, Shabwah security belt and elite forces responsible for killing, torturing and concealing civilians

Commission of inquiry: Al-Houthi, Shabwah security belt and  elite forces responsible for killing, torturing and concealing civilians


The National commission of Inquiry into allegations of human rights violations reported that it had monitored dozens of allegations of murder, arrest, arbitrary concealment and torture committed by Houthi militias and armed militias affiliated with the United Arab Emirates.

The committee added in its sixth report--obtained by Al-Masdar online--that it monitored and investigated 84 allegations of extrajudicial killings, of which the Houthi militias have carried out 69 cases, while the security belt forces and the al-Shabwaniah elite have proven to have 15 cases.

The report presented examples of killings committed by Houthi militias against citizens without any justification for crime, flagrant violation of human rights and the right to life. Examples of similar abuses were also presented, including the killing of the victim, Hizam Mohamed Ahmed Ali, a som of the Senah district-Al-Dale, by gunmen in the security forces on May 29, 2018, when he was selling Qat in the city market, where the gunmen shot him dead after being shot in the chest.

The report reported a similar killing of Houthi militiamen at checkpoints in areas under their control, where Shabwani elite gunmen on March 30, 2018, shot at the victim's car, Ali Nasser al-Kharibi, from the sons of Ataq, after being arrested at a point at the entrance to the city. In al-Kasarah checkpoint, asking them to show his personal card, and while he was arguing with the gunmen, they fired a volley of bullets, one of which hit his head and died after it.

With regard to arrest and enforced disappearance, the Commission said that it had documented 586 cases, of which 36 were found to be the responsibility of elite forces, the security belt and military officials.

The report presented examples of abductions and enforced disappearances, one of which was the abduction by Sheikh Osman police officers led by Hamad al-Sahyoni, on 28 September 2015, of Saeed Moqbel from his car in Cairo area by Sheikh Osman, on charges of possessing explosive belts, before being transported and concealed in the Tariq camp for nearly a year Nine months later, he was transferred to a prison in Mukalla and returned after three years to Bir Ahmed prison in Aden, where his family knew he was being held.

According to the committee, the incident proved to be the responsibility of the department and the Aden Police (led by Aden Security Department leader Shallal Shaye’a, backed by the UAE and the Southern Transitional command).

The report recounted a violent kidnapping by masked gunmen on March 9, 2018, first attacking the victim and Waqqas Ali Hasan, with rifle butts on the street, and took him to al-Jalaa prison in Buraiqa.

The results of the investigation demonstrate the responsibility of the first Brigade, affiliated with the security belt (loyal to the UAE) and the commander Munir Yafee, alias Abu al-Yamamah, for the abduction and assault, the report said.

The Committee stated that it had monitored 17 cases of alleged torture and inhuman and degrading treatment, of which 13  the responsibility of them to the Houthis, 4 of which had been the responsibility of the anti-terrorist forces and of the elite (pro-UAE).

The report noted that officials of the 22 Mika and 35 armoured brigades were implicated in murders and abductions, including the kidnapping of a bride and more than 41 citizens from one village after their homes were raided by forces affiliated with the 35th Brigade.

The report cited one arbitrary arrest by the security services in Marib for the home of , Abdul Malik Ali al-Nahari, while travelling from the UAE, pointing out that the management of the political security prison replied to the Committee's letter stating that "he was arrested on the basis of advance information of his participation in the coup and he provided support and material assistance to the coup d'état through sending money to a number of leaders in the al-Houthi group. "

The Committee explained that political security had rejected the Vice-president's directives for his release, and that the political security Department's response to the arrest had been acknowledged without charge, which was a violation of human rights.

The National Commission for the Investigation of human rights allegations, at the conclusion of its sixth report, announced Thursday, recommended that the leadership of the Arab coalition should work with the Yemeni government to ensure the security apparatus and military entities under the leadership of the Ministries of Defense and Interior, stressing that the imbalances Security in the liberated areas and continuing crimes, mainly due to the multiplicity of apparatus and military formations outside the authority of the government.


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