Crimes and Violations

Geneva: a sit-in demanding an end to Houthi violations against women in Yemen

Republican Yemen

In cooperation with and the European Organizations Union for Peace in Yemen, Rasd Coalition ___ the Yemeni Coalition for Monitoring Human Rights Violations (YCMHRV) ___ organized on Saturday a sit-in condemning violations committed against women and children by the Iran-allied Houthis.

The sit-in included remarks by Murad Al-Gharati, President of Tamkeen for Human Rights, in which he welcomed the participants on behalf of the organizers and explained the objectives of the sit-in.

Academic researcher Dr. Faris Al-Beel said the sit-in aims to help make women’s voices be heard and drive attention to the crimes and violations that Houthis commit against them.

“We call on the international community to step in and put an end to such violations,”  Al-Beel said.

Two days prior to the sit-in, YCMHRV and the European Organizations Union for Peace in Yemen, organized a side-event on Houthi violations of women’s rights during the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

The chairperson of the Arab Initiative for Education and member of Rasd Coalition, Dr. Wesam Basindowa referred in her paper entitled “Yemeni Women and Houthis Militia Violations”, to the UN Panel of Experts report of 2019, that revealed about “Zinabiyat”, Houthi-affiliated female squads and intelligence networks.

“Zinabiyat participate in the suppression of women who oppose the militia, in various ways, including sexual violence and some other practices, reviewing a number of violations such as espionage and framing up of adversaries, monitoring opinions and persecuting female activists in their private sessions and workplaces,” Basindowa said.

Lately, Rasd coalition accused Houthis in its latest report of committing thousands of violations during 2019, ranging from killing, abducting, detaining, bombing, mine planting and torturing in prisons.

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