The Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Muammar Al-Iryani, said that the practices of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia against the two sects, “Judaism and Baha’i”, since their inception until their coup against the state in 2014, reflect the approach, culture and behavior of the militia towards minorities and religious freedoms.
In a statement to the Yemeni News Agency (Saba), Muammar Al-Eryani explained that these practices reflect the dangerous attempts of the Houthi militia to undermine the social fabric and the values of coexistence among Yemenis, which have prevailed for thousands of years.
Al-Iryani pointed out that the Houthi militia has practiced persecution against the members of the Jewish community since its appearance in Saada, and forced them to emigrate outside Yemen after the recent deportation of the last 3 families, while “Levi Marhaby” is still hidden for 6 years, during which he suffered partial paralysis and several strokes due to torture He refused to barter the militia for him to leave Yemen in exchange for his release.
He also indicated that the terror of the Houthi militia affected the “Baha’i sect,” which kidnapped dozens of its members from their homes, including the sect leader, looted their property, sentenced to death, and forcibly deported, and the militia continues to prosecute them before inspection courts established for this purpose, after offices and associations were closed. The charity that they ran.
The Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism called on the international community and human rights organizations to put pressure on the Houthi militia to stop its criminal practices against minorities in their areas of control, and to hold accountable those involved in crimes and violations on the basis of thought, religion or belief as crimes against humanity and a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law.