Arab Coalition demining task forces in Yemen. (Supplied)

September 26, 2018

The UK expressed deep concern over the collective trial of the Baha’i community in Yemen’s Houthi-held areas.

“The UK is deeply concerned by reports that the Houthi authorities in Sanaa, Yemen, have held a mass trial of members of Yemen’s Baha’i community. 24 people – including eight women and a child – are facing charges that could result in death sentences,” a statement issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office said.

“The persecution of members of the Baha’i community in areas of Yemen under Houthi control due to their religious beliefs is a serious violation of international human rights law. New cases of arbitrary detention and continuing reports of the abuse of detainees by the Houthis are deeply concerning, and we wholly condemn this mistreatment. Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion and Belief,” Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said.

“We are working closely with our partners to raise these concerns directly with the Houthi authorities and press for the release of detained individuals. We also call on our partners to take a strong stance on this matter during the Human Rights Council this week,” he added.

Houthi militias have also provoked international condemnation over planting arbitrary landmines in Yemeni civilian territory.

General Supervisor of the King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) Abdullah Al-Rabiah said the Houthi militias “are planting mines indiscriminately.”

The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights estimated the number of people killed by Houthi mines at 1,593 people, while the number of those injured reached 1413, of which some cases included permanent disabilities.

On the other hand, Arab Coalition spokesperson, Turki al-Maliki, has announced the opening of humanitarian corridors between the Yemeni capital Sanaa and the port of Hodeidah to secure humanitarian passage via al-Mahwit, Hajjah, and Bajil.

Maliki said that the Yemenis are still suffering from the coup staged by Houthi militias, which took place on the 21st of September 2014.

He also highlights that there are regimes in the region that sponsor terrorist groups by providing them with weapons, missiles, drones, and speedboats.

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition is a military intervention that started in 2015. It comprises of nine African and Middle East countries, responding to calls by Yemen’s freely-elected President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi for military support in response to an Iran-backed Houthi takeover in Yemen.

Asharq Al-Awsat

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