Yemen: Yemen: Rights activist and blogger Hisham Al-Omeisy released after five months held incommunicado


On 15 January 2018, rights activist and blogger Hisham Al-Omeisy has been released after five months of incommunicado detention. Mohammed Al-Bukhaiti, spokesperson for the Houthi forces said “Hisham Al-Omeisy is free, the decision was made three days ago.”

On 14 August 2017, a group of security officers from the Houthi-controlled National Security Bureau (NSB) arrested Al-Omeisy in the neighborhood of Jawlat Al-Misbahi in the capital Sana’a. According to a local journalist, Al-Omeisy was arrested for exchanging emails in English with US-based organisations but he was not charged with any crime. Since his arrest, he was held incommunicado with no access to a lawyer nor his family (including his two sons, Khaled and Saif, pictured above.) For more information, see:

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) welcomes the release of Al-Omeisy and calls on all parties of the conflict in Yemen to release all detained activists including journalists, and Internet activists.