Yemen’s Houthi armed group has frequently taken hostages

October 20, 2018

Yemen’s Houthi armed group has frequently taken hostages and committed other horrible crime against people in their custody, according to Human Rights Watch. Houthi rebels need to stop taking hostages, free every people arbitrarily detained, end abuses and enforced disappearances and criminalized people those responsible for torture. The United Nations Human Rights Council should take a measure to renew the mandate of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen. When committed in the context of an armed conflict, ill-treatment, abuses, and humiliating or degrading treatment are marked as war crimes. Taking hostages, seizing someone or detaining and threatening to murder, injure, or abstain from doing something as a condition of freedom or for the person’s safety – all are included in war crime under the statute of the International Criminal Court. The United Nation Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen said that the Houthi “committed acts that may amount to war crimes, including cruel treatment and torture [and] outrages upon personal dignity.”

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https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/09/25/yemen-houthi-hostage-taking

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