Yemen: Journalist Sabri Salmeen Bin Makhashen prohibited from traveling to Cairo to join his family
On 26 December 2019, while journalist Sabri Salmeen bin Makhashin was on his way to join his family in Cairo at the Sayoun International Airport in the Hadhramaut region of Yemen, security forces prevented him from traveling and confiscated his passport. He was informed by the representative of the Saudi-led coalition that he is banned from travel by direct orders of the Governor of Hadhramaut Faraj Al-Bahssni. Reliable local sources said that after 36 hours, his passport was returned to him, but he is still prohibited from traveling.
Bin Makhashen is the Editor-in-Chief of Al-Mohrer newspaper as well as the website Al-Mohrer.Net. He was previously arrested on 03 December 2018 and was only released on 28 January 2019 due to his posts on social media that criticised Governor Al-Bahssni. There is a widespread belief among his fellow journalists that the reason for the travel ban may be due to his continuous writings on corruption in Hadhramaut Governorate.
The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) condemns the ill-treatment that journalist Sabri Bin Makhashen received at Sayoun International Airport, including confiscating his passport for 36 hours and preventing him from traveling, solely due to his professional and serious journalistic work and writing about daily affairs of concern to citizens in Yemen.
GCHR calls on the authorities in Hadramout to:
- Allow Sabri Salmeen Bin Makhashen to travel immediately and without any conditions; and
- Ensure that all journalists, media workers and human rights defenders in Yemen are able, in all circumstances, to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and without any restrictions, including judicial harassment.