Yemen: Assassination of Prominent Academic and Internet Activist Dr. Mohammed Ali Naim


On the night of 04 August 2021, unidentified gunmen assassinated the architect Dr. Mohammed Ali Naim, an academic at Sana'a University and an online activist. He was intercepted by unidentified gunmen while he was leaving the house of one of his friends on Tunis Street in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a.

Dr. Naim uses his Facebook page to express his views on the public affairs of citizens and in his defense of their civil and human rights. Hours before his assassination, he wrote the following post: “Changing the dollar exchange rate in the banks of Sana’a and Aden from 250 riyals per dollar to 600 riyals in Sana’a and 500 riyals in Aden will be reflected in the increase in the cost of living requirements, so we demand that the governments of Sana’a and Aden increase salaries."

At noon on the same day, 04 August 2021, he republished a post that he published a year ago in which he stated, "It is normal to find the failed engineer, the cheating contractor and the corrupt administrator. But what is not normal is that there is no state that holds them accountable according to the law."

Dr. Naim was Director of the Engineering Consulting Center at Sana’a University, one of the professors of the Architectural Department at the College of Engineering at Sana’a University, and formerly Dean of the College of Engineering at Amran University. He studied Architectural Design Strategies at the University of Technology in Baghdad. He was known among his colleagues and students as a discreet academic distinguished by dedication and devotion to work.

According to press reports, the security services arrested the killer, who was “one of the people who was in a Rav4 car, waiting for the victim, Dr. Mohammed Naim, to leave the house of one of his friends, and as soon as he left the house, he was shot by 4 bullets from a Glock type pistol, which led to his death."

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) denounces the assassination of the prominent academic and architect Dr. Mohammed Ali Naim and shares the grief and sorrow with his family, colleagues and students. GCHR calls on the de facto government in Sanaa, the Houthi group, to carry out a comprehensive and independent investigation into his assassination in order to determine the perpetrators and the parties that incited or participated in the assasination, and to publish the results of the investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice.