Yemen: Release journalist Younis Abdulsalam immediately and unconditionally

16.08.22

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) calls for the immediate release of a journalist who has been detained arbitrarily for over a year in Yemen without being brought to trial.

At midnight on 04 August 2021, journalist Younis Abdulsalam Ahmed Abdulrahman, 28 years old, left his place of residence, located on the Ring Street in the centre of Sana'a, carrying his laptop. His colleagues confirmed that as he suffers from depression, he often goes out even at night in order to relieve his suffering, but this time he did not return. His colleagues contacted him via his mobile phone, and another person replied, confirming that he was detained by the Security and Intelligence Service.

On 16 August 2021, human rights lawyer Abdulmajeed Sabra wrote on his Facebook page that, "Even if you suffer from depression and a poor psychological state due to the conditions that people have brought to the existing authority, your freedom is not safe, especially when you are a journalist."

He was forcibly disappeared for two weeks, and members of the Security and Intelligence Services repeatedly used his phone and his Facebook page for short periods. On 18 August 2021, the defense team who took charge of his case managed to extract information from the Security and Intelligence Services who admitted that he was being detained by them.

On 28 September 2021, the defense team met him for the first time. They found him very tired after he had spent more than 80 days in a solitary prison cell.

Reliable local sources confirmed that he was not brought to court, although he was charged with allegedly "communicating with outside parties." The authorities had asked his family for a commercial guarantee of bail, and more than four months after the family submitted it, he was not released, and they were informed that his case would be referred to the Public Prosecution.

On the occasion of the anniversary of his arrest, his brother Sultan Abdulsalam wrote on his Facebook page the following, "On this night a year ago, Younis went out, as usual, to inhale some air, but the jailer made it too much for him to do." He added, "After that, we went through a long journey of searching for long days in departments and investigations, without knowing a trace of him while he was in pain in his solitary cell." He explained, "366 days of grief and heartbreak for elderly parents who are far from their youngest son and have nothing for him but supplication and some of the good things that life brings them but prefer to give all that to their unjustly imprisoned son".

GCHR previously documented his case in detail on 16 June 2022.

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The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) condemns the arbitrary arrest and detention of journalist Younis Abdulsalam and calls on the de facto government in Sana'a, the Houthi group, to immediately and unconditionally release him.

Act now!

Please widely circulate the news regarding the case of the innocent citizen of Yemen, journalist Younis Abdulsalam, and tweet about this call for urgent action to the UN Special Procedures to request their immediate intervention.

Contact Information:

1. United Nations Special Rapporteurs:

@UN_SPExperts

2. The de facto government in Sana'a, the Houthi group:

Ansarullah Spokesperson, Mohamed Abdelsalam

Twitter handle: @abdusalamsalah

Email address: mdabdalsalam@gmail.com