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Houthis Stop Civil Rights Organizations from Documenting Insurgency Crimes | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Followers of the Houthi group raise their weapons as they demonstrate against an arms embargo imposed by the U.N. Security Council on the group in Sanaa April 16, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Jeddah- Civil rights organizations in Yemen called on the swift intervention of international forces and human rights organizations to pressure Houthis and ally ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh to allow the documentation of cases of abduction and arbitrary arrests.

Houthi militias had recently closed down all windows of communication between the captives and their families.

Civil rights organizations and institutions in Yemen have long been enduring Houthi hostility which had sieged and limited the free work of those organizations.

With difficulty in documenting cases of abduction rising, civil rights organizations estimate that the number of cases of abductions by mid-2016 have reached 17 thousand, six thousands of which have gone undocumented or justified.

Some reports of civil rights organizations operating under insurgency-held territory reveal the intolerable size of suffering and torture those held captive by Houthi militias are suffering.

Some extreme near death cases have been documented and will soon be presented before the United Nations.

Houthi insurgents imposing charges on the families of those detained as to cover the pharmaceutical costs for the prisoners’ alleged chronic diseases, which most relatives have denied the prisoners having.

Cases of electrocution, Plier usage and fire have been reported by Houthi-held captives.