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Alkarama expresses its profound disappointment at the failure of the negotiations on victims of abduction and forced disappearance in Yemen, held in the Omani capital, Muscat, under the auspices of the United Nations. Among the disappeared is the politician Mohammed Qahtan, abducted from his home in Sanaa nine years ago. 

Yemeni activists have initiated a solidarity campaign for employees of relief and humanitarian agencies and organizations who were abducted in Yemen by the Houthi group, known as "Ansar Allah". They are calling on the United Nations (UN) to adopt a more assertive stance on this matter. 

Recently, the Houthi group launched an abduction campaign targeting 13 UN agency employees and 11 others from civil society organizations. 

Alkarama, along with 39 regional and local organizations concerned with freedom of opinion, expression and human rights, called on all parties to the conflict in Yemen to respect freedom of the press and to immediately and unconditionally release journalists detained for their media activities, whether in Houthi prisons, Yemeni government prisons, or al-Qaeda prisons. 

Our concerns
  • Gross violations of international humanitarian and human rights law by all parties to the conflict, including foreign actors;
  • Unprecedented humanitarian crisis, aggravated by the blockade imposed by the Saudi coalition and by the restrictions and diversion of humanitarian aid by the Houthi forces;
  • Continued, systematic and widespread practice of arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance and torture by all parties;
  • Impunity of perpetrators of human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity.


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