The UN Human Rights Office called on Houthi-controlled Appellate Court on Friday to take into account the serious violations of the detainees’ right to a fair trial and due process in the lower court.
“The UN Human Rights Office has received credible information suggesting that many of those convicted were subjected to arbitrary or unlawful detention, as well as torture,” rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters.
Most of the 30 men are academics, students and politicians “affiliated with the Islah party that has been critical of the Houthis”, she told a news briefing. She was referring to an Islamist party that is part of the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
No response or comment has been made by Houthi officials on reports indicating violations of rights and torturing prisoners.