On the occasion of the International Day of Victims Who Enforced Disappear;
Horrible testifying from journalists who got enforced disappearing
Mohammed Alqadri has talked about the details that lived in Alhuthies’ prisons for a year. He talked about the worst torturing had ever before he had released. Also, when he came out, he was in a bad position because of the violence he got.
He added that ” They broke-in his house, took him to unknown place and put him in underground prison either solitary or savage with psycho people.” All of that came in the webinar that Media Freedoms Observatory in Yemen has organized in the international day of Victims Who Enforced Disappear.
Mustafa Nasr (Head of Media Freedoms Observatory) confirmed that “It’s very important to revive such occasions that remind us about the pain of the journalist who lived in the prisons, and what his family suffered. Plus, the enforced disappear is a huge crime against the journalist and his family.”
In addition; he called for punishing the perpetrators, establishing the foundations of accountability and creating solidarity between journalists and human rights defenders so that they can freely practice their work
On the other hand; the officer of Middle east office in reporters without borders (Sabreen Alnawa) had talked about the international mechanism to protect the journalists from enforced disappearing, also she talked about the mechanism of the organization that monitoring the violations and their legal, financial and health support to journalists.
Also, she added that “Because of the circumstances that Yemen has been facing lately, our intervention in the field of media freedom has become very weak. So we can’t talk to the conflict parties directly, and that’s hard to keep going on work”.
Although, there are several local and international legalizations that criminalize the enforced disappearing, Raghda Almaqtari (A lawyer and human rights defender) said that ” the enforced disappearing is the most dangerous violence for the human rights according to the international law, and the Yemeni law considers it as a fully kidnap crime.” Also, she had presented the methods of equity for Yemeni victims; emphasized the essential of holding perpetrators accountable in order to ensure that there is no impunity with a view to redressing victims’ harm and compensating them for years of deprivation.
As well as; Esam Belghaith is a journalist and former detainee, he had released after five years of enforced disappearing and torturing. Also, he added that ” Alqadri has been in torturing and that’s reminds him painful memos he had been through with other prisoners in Alhuthies’ prisons. ”
The webinar had run the questions and discussions by the activists and journalists to figure out the mechanisms of the international organizations to protect the journalists from violations they face.
Yemen Media Freedoms Observatory is a monitoring and information platform aimed at disseminating all matters relating to freedoms of opinion and expression in various Yemeni regions in a professional and independent manner, as well as, analyzing and advocating for journalists’ issues at the local and international levels.