Human Rights

Yemen’s Houthis accused of torture in new video

A new video by a human rights organisation in Yemen alleges that Houthi rebels have tortured opponents.

Mwatana has documented alleged violations of human rights by both sides in a 17 month long war that’s resulted in the deaths of an estimated 10,000 people.

The conflict is between forces loyal to ousted President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia, and Houthi rebels backed by Iran.

Nearly three million people have been forced to flee their homes and almost eight million people are suffering from malnutrition, with the situation described by the UN recently as “tragic”.

Mwatana has also submitted evidence of war crimes to Westminster’s Committees on Arms Export Controls (CAEC) which is investigating the use of UK arms in Yemen’s war.

The UK has been selling arms to Saudi Arabia, which has been accused of scores of war crimes during the conflict, resulting in pressure on the government to suspend arms sales to the kingdom.

Mwatana’s video report focuses on claims of human rights violations perpetrated by the Houthis and contains eye witness testimony.

Called False Report, the video documents allegations of torture made against a Houthi armed group called Ansar Allah.

Ansar Allah has been accused of hundreds of arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances.

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