Al Houthi militia is trying to obliterate Decathi’s crime and justify it
We monitored 300 Houthi decisions to kill opponents
The role of the UN envoy is a passive role in human rights issues, and it is almost non-existent
Attorney Abd al-Rahman Berman, head of the American Center for Justice, said that the center obtained information and documents confirming that the reason for the raid and killing of Khatam al-Ashari’s home was that the Houthi militia accused her husband of working with the Yemeni government, an attempt to justify the crime.
Regarding the death decisions issued by the Houthi militia, Berman confirmed that the Houthi group issued nearly 300 death decisions against its opponents, criticizing the negative role of the UN representative and human rights organizations towards the crimes of the Houthi militia.
Interview | Saleh Al-Surimi
We start with the crime of murdering citizenship, Khatam El-Decathi, what is the position of your center on this crime?
We issued a statement condemning this crime and calling for an independent judicial investigation away from the influences of the Houthi group, and we also contacted the victim’s relatives to provide legal support for the blood relatives, and through our contact with the victim’s relatives and through the testimonies and documents we have collected, it became clear to us that the Houthi group accuses the victim’s husband of being cooperative. With the National Army and the legitimate government, he was arrested on this accusation, and he was subjected to brutal torture that made him in a poor and deteriorating condition, and he went out through mediation and in exchange for money, then the Houthi militia returned to pursue him under the same charges and criminal charges, but the real reason is that he cooperated with the legitimacy, and the Houthi militia had a direct influence On the conduct of the investigation in the case, where they threatened the witnesses and prevented them from giving their testimonies, as well as preventing the people of the region and the activists from carrying out a protest that had been called by activists in the city of Al-Aden, and elements of the Houthi militia arrested the imam and preacher of the Al-Sunna Mosque in Al-Aden for providing an ambulance Of the victim, and he is still detained today.
How do Yemeni law and international laws view this crime and other crimes committed by Houthi militia members?
In Yemeni law, what the Houthi militia does includes several crimes, not one crime, from impersonating a public servant, who are security personnel, to breaking into the sanctity of homes without legal justification, to assaulting and intimidating people and putting their lives at risk, and the greatest crime is the violation of the human right to life Then, after that, concealing evidence of crime, threatening witnesses, and interfering in the affairs of the judiciary, Yemeni law classifies what the Houthi militia does as a war crime, as it formed an armed gang that overthrew the state and committed all kinds of crimes punishable according to the Yemeni Law of Crimes and Punishments. Any violations affecting human life, freedom, dignity, right of expression, and right to life are criminalized.
Why does the international community turn a blind eye to these crimes?
The international community does not deal with human rights issues in Yemen, it deals with purely legal and legal rights due to the interference of international interests that unfortunately have taken precedence over human rights.
Where is the role of the UN envoy from these crimes?
The role of the UN envoy is a negative role in human rights issues and is almost non-existent. The UN representative and the organizations and bodies of the United Nations could have played a positive role in alleviating the severity of the violations by virtue of its relationship with the Houthi group, which has interests with these organizations that operate in the capital Sana’a and have benefited from the services of these Organizations by virtue of their control in the capital, Sana’a.
It is not the first crime committed by the elements of the Houthi group. What drives the Houthi members to commit such crimes?
First: The Houthi militia is an armed group and depends in implementing its agenda on the use of force and violence in particular, and there is a general popular rejection of the ideas of this group, and that is why the Houthi militia relies on the use of force to impose its hegemony, and this is the same Iranian policy that Iran uses to oppress the Iranian people, or to conquer other peoples from Through its military tools and arms in the Arab region.
Second: The weak role of international organizations and United Nations bodies, as well as local organizations, in carrying out their role.
Third: The Yemeni government’s weak role in confronting these violations, its nakedness, and its weak communication with the international community, and among the reasons is the weakness of human rights activity in the circles of society due to the Houthi militia’s pursuit of human rights activists despite their fewness.
The Houthi militia exploits the judiciary and tamperes with it to settle scores to issue sham judgments against its opponents. How can this tampering be reduced?
The Houthi militia issued nearly 300 execution decisions and confiscated the money of its opponents and ordinary citizens on charges related to cooperation with the state. Against her opponents.
How does Yemeni and humanitarian law view these provisions?
From the legal point of view, these rulings are absolutely null and void because they are issued by illegal courts. Decisions to annul them have been issued by the Supreme Judicial Council, and those who work in these courts do not practice judicial work, but rather militia action, and thus they will be responsible before the law for the damages that will befall those issued against them. Invalid decisions and they become criminally responsible and accomplices in committing the Houthi militia’s crimes against their opponents.
In terms of international law, it does not allow the trial of any accused except before his natural judge, and this is in the presence of the state, with all guarantees of a fair trial.
Al Houthi militia commits almost daily crimes against citizens in the absence of human rights organizations, what is the reason for this absence?
If we talk about the absence of local human rights organizations, the reason for their absence is that these organizations are subjected to closure, the confiscation of their accounts in banks and the prosecution of their activists, and this has had a great impact and made major local organizations absent from the arena, such as the Hood Organization, the Yemeni Observatory, Journalists Without Chains and the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate, which was unable to make a visit. One is for the prison to inspect the conditions of the kidnapped journalists, and there are many human rights organizations that left the square due to being pursued by the Houthis, and the absence of supplies to human rights organizations was one of the reasons for the suspension of their activities even though they were receiving support under less needy conditions than what is happening today. Among the reasons are that there are organizations She became involved with one of the parties to the conflict, which made her lose her credibility.