Yemen: Journalist Fahd Yahya Al-Arhabi arrested for his work

19.07.21

On 12 July 2021, an armed group affiliated with the Houthi group arrested journalist Fahd Yahya Al-Arhabi in Amran Governorate, some 50 kilometers north of the capital, Sana’a and placed him in its prison, located in the Central Security Camp in the same city.

Reliable local sources confirmed that the reason for his arrest was his publication on his Facebook page documenting and criticising the incident of a Houthi attack, which took place during the marriage ceremony of a young citizen, Mukhtar Al-Sudi, in one of the wedding halls in the city of Amran. The Houthis arrested Al-Sudi, in addition to the artists who were performing a concert on the occasion of his marriage and confiscated their musical instruments. They ended the concert due to the songs played, the group alleged.

Informed sources confirmed that Al-Arhabi is still detained in the same prison so far, and no specific charges have been brought against him.

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) calls on the de facto authorities, the Houthis, to immediately and unconditionally release journalist Fahd Yahya Al-Arhabi and respect his right to carry out his professional journalistic work without harassment, as well as to protect the civil and human liberties of all citizens. The Houthis should not arrest musicians who play in private parties.

GCHR calls on all parties to the conflict to release all detained and forcibly disappeared citizens, without any conditions.