In such circumstances, political assassination crimes became rampant following the coup by the Houthis and their allies on Hadi’s internationally-recognized authorities. The assassinations also targeted political leaders from the Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah) and others thought to be affiliated with the moderate wing of the Houthi group. In January 2014, unknown armed individuals assassinated Dr. Ahmed Sharaf al-Deen by shooting him with live bullets when he drove his car from his house onto one of the public roads. He was a prominent leader in the Al-Haq Party and a representative of the Ansar Allah movement (Houthi armed group) in […]

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Since the takeover by the Houthi group of the capital Sana’a on September 21, 2014, Yemen has witnessed an unprecedented level of violations to basic rights. The most violated right is the right to life where the armed conflict takes the lives of Yemenis by many means and at the hands of all parties involved, with varying degrees of responsibility. Random killing has been rampant ever since and has reached an unprecedented level. Political accusation was used as a tool in excessive killing by the Houthis in the course of oppressing their political opponents. The violation of the right to […]

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The intensive strikes of the air campaign led by Saudi Arabia targeting the military camps of the Houthi and Saleh loyalists in Sana’a and other cities since March 26 resulted in great human rights violations. It caused deaths and injuries amongst civilians and destroyed a big part of the private and public infrastructure. The major violations caused by the air strikes were attributed to the existence of Houthi targets in these sites or being used for military purposes. On the other side, Houthi insurgents and Saleh forces have attacked the other cities since early 2014 causing major unlawful deaths amongst […]

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A new reality resulted from the takeover of the Houthi of the capital city Sana’a. It was marked with human rights violations against political and human rights activists, journalists, peaceful protesters and professionals working with media outlets. Mohammed Salim Basindawa, the former prime minister, resigned on the same day that the Houthi captured the capital and forced all the political parties and entities to sign the Peace and National Partnership Agreement to form a new united government, seek an immediate cease fire, and uninstall Houthi military checkpoints from Sana’a and the surrounding borders. Meanwhile, as the leaders of the Houthi […]

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Yemen suffered for decades from consecutive political crises and armed conflicts instigated by the geo-political situation, and the national, regional and international policies. These factors have negatively affected the livelihoods of people which were worsened by the corruption of the ruling regime, exclusion of all parties, and monopoly of power and wealth. The little margin of existing democracy did not tamper the increased national resentment running counter to the oppressive political regime. National resentment was first noticed through limited protests in the southern governorates mid 2007 decrying the exclusion and marginalization of the South of Yemen. In 2001, these protests […]

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