Rasd Coalition Launches its Second Report
Yemeni Coalition to Monitor Human Rights Violations (Rasd) launched its second report on the state of human rights in Yemen, titled “Yemen: One Year of Violations,” as part of a side event at the UN Human Rights Council 31st session in Geneva.
According to the report, Rasd monitored and documented 66,277 human rights violations perpetrated by the Huthi-Saleh militia between December 2014 to December 2015, in the 17 out of 22 governorates in Yemen where Rasd monitors operate.
During the reported period, 8,202 civilians were killed, including 508 children, 470 women, and 19,882 were injured; 2,296 children, 1,927 women. Furthermore, 8,458 were arbitrarily detained, with politicians topping the list by 4,649, followed by 191 journalists in addition to 2,028 activists and 1,421 others, 159 children and 10 women.
Reported torture cases have reached 1,077, and 2,706 forced disappearances, 2,780 attacks on public property, including 834 educational facilities, 598 mosques and religious facilities, 574 government premises, 435 service facilities, 279 health facilities, and 60 historical objects.
Aggressions against public media and violations of freedom of expression included 98 attacks on peaceful protests, blocking of 86 websites, closure of 38 newspapers, 12 NGOs, 9 TV channels, and 8 radio stations. Also 22,915 attacks on non-public property included 20,311 houses, 1,500 stores, 406 private premises, 351 farms, 186 vehicles, and 73 factories.
Taiz under seige
The launching of the report at the Human Rights Council also included dissemination of other reports, including “Taiz: Killed by Siege” and “Taiz: Endless Violations.” Both reports address the siege on the city of Taiz by the Huthi-Saleh militia, going on for more than nine months. Another report deals with landmines, widely used by the Huthi-Saleh militia in the governorates of Aden, Lahij, Abyan, Addalie, and Mareb. These have killed 100 people, and injured another 150, with a great number of casualties in the Aden governorate, where 75 were killed, including 13 women, and 12 children. The reports from Aden also show 120 injured, including 12 permanently disabled by landmines.
During the launching ceremony, Rasd coordinator Mutahar Al-Buthiji referred to the challenges encountered by the monitors in their field work. Three monitors were detained by the militia, and one monitor had their house bombed in Abyan governorate, and two monitors are still detained in Dhamar governorate.
The coordinator stressed the recommendations made by the report to immediately implement UN system resolutions, calling upon the international community and organisations to support law enforcement bodies and state institutions, to reinstate government control and to support reconstruction of Yemen’s war-torn infrastructure and economy. Furthermore, the report calls for support for social and psychiatric support programs for war and landmine victims, and reintegration of dismissed combatants in public life in order to prevent their recruitment by extremist and terror groups.
The report calls upon the Saudi-led Arab coalition to immediately activate the Independent Inquiry Team to investigate alleged human rights violations, and to report objectively on these cases in order to protect the rights of innocent victims and ensure their right to fair compensation.
A photo exhibition on Huthi-Saleh violations was also organised as part of the launching ceremony.
A number of events, seminars, and protests were organised by the Yemeni Coalition delegation between 2nd and 11th of March, at and before the HRC session and Swiss Press Club in Geneva. The events included a seminar on landmines and documentaries on child soldiers, victims of landmines, and women and children during armed conflict. As part of these events, the coalition urged the international community to take on its role in combating and disclosing systematic violations perpetrated by the Huthi-Saleh militia in Yemen.
The Yemeni Coalition to Monitor Human Rights Violations (Rasd) is a coalition of Yemeni NGOs operating in the human rights field, including monitoring and documenting human rights violations. It was established early 2015 in response to the deteriorating human rights situation in the country, and to be the first step in achieving justice to victims by documenting their grievances in anticipation of the moment of truth.
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