Yemen: Yemen- A campaign of Defamation, threats and judicial harassment against journalist & human rights defender Samia Al-Agbry

12.01.13

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights is concerned at the campaign of defamation, threats, and judicial harassment against journalist and human rights defender Samia Al-Agbry. The Gulf Centre for Human Rights has received information that journalist and human rights activist Samia Al-Agbry is exposed to a campaign of defamation, threats, and incitement in addition to a complaint which was lodged against her at the Department of Public Prosecution in the city of Damt. The complainant accused Samia Al-Agbry of allegedly insulting religion in an apparently orchestrated ‘Multi-tools” smear campaign against her.

On 31 December 2012 in Al Dali' governorate, Samia Al-Agbry gave a speech at a peaceful gathering in which she said something to the effect that the reason for the elimination of the dreams of people in Yemen to build a civil state is some corrupt individuals who holed up behind religion, military and tribes. It is clear that some and for political purposes have twisted her speech in order to target and stop her human rights activities.

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights believes that this fierce campaign against Samia Al-Agbry is part of an ongoing trend of harassment of human rights defenders working in Yemen to stop them from continuing their work in defense of human rights.

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights calls on the government of Yemen to abide by its commitments to provide security and protection for human rights defenders. The ongoing threats and intimidation against them must stop and authorities in Yemen must respect and protect the legitimate human rights work carried out by human rights defenders.