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At least 208 human rights abuses, including nine cases of death, against journalists and media workers in Yemen were committed during the year of 2016, stated Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC).

Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC) condemns yesterday’s abduction of the journalist Taiseer Assamiee when he was passing through a militia-controlled checkpoint in Dimnat Khadir area in Taiz province, and was taken to a jail affiliated to the militias of Houthis and ousted president Saleh.

The anniversary of the World Human Rights Day marking the 10th December of each year, in which the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Paris in 1948, falls today at a time when Yemen is living a tragic humanitarian situation as a result of the coup led by Houthi-Saleh militias against the legitimate authority.

Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC) notes with deep concern the deteriorating health of the journalist Abdul Khaliq Imran who has been detained for nearly two years at the political security prison where he is suffering from severe pains in spine and back due to torture against him and his fellow detainees by the militias.

Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC) has said it was deeply saddened to learn that Taiz News Network’s photojournalist, Awab Al Zubairi, had been killed on Friday in an explosion of a residential building booby-trapped by the militia of Iran-backed Houthis allied with ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh in a neighborhood, east of Taiz province.

While condemning the continued targeting of journalists, WJWC has held the Houthi militia and Saleh fully responsible for the killing of Al Zubairi as well as attempted murders against a number of correspondents of some satellite channels in Taiz while covering ongoing battlefields in the city and its countryside during the past few days.

The organization has called upon TV-channels and different media outlets to provide all means of safety for their field correspondents covering events in the conflict zones as a precautionary measure.

It has also urged all human rights and civic organizations, mainly the United Nations, to condemn such serious violations against journalists and media workers and exert pressure on the Houthi militia and ousted president to stop targeting journalists.

WJWC has expressed sincere condolences and sympathy to the family of Awab Al Zubairi and all his fellow journalists, beseeching Almighty Allah to grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest and bestow mercy upon him.

 

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