Jurists (from Geneva): Al-Houthi spies on citizens and harasses i media

Lawyer and analyst in the field of human rights and national security, Irina Zuckerman, confirmed that the Houthis continue to imprison and torture captured journalists, spread propaganda, control the media and harass news stations.

In her speech, Irina Zuckerman revealed that the Houthis used the communications building to store weapons and launch ballistic missiles to neighboring countries and in other Yemeni cities.

In the symposium he moderated, “The violation of communications and the freedom of media by the Houthi militia “, and organized by the Swedish Forum for Rights and Development, Irina Zuckerman said that Al-Houthi uses cyberspace to raise funds, block sites web anti-history, and use them to spy on citizens in order to consolidate their coup.

In her interview, Irina Zukerman added that the Houthi militia used the communications and information technology it controlled to support military operations and the war it is waging. in more than one governorate.

And Irina Zuckerman added that the Houthis punished the Yemeni people and cut the internet in 2018 by 80% of thearea of Yemen, pointing out that Houthi control of the country’s leading internet provider has given them control over messages and information, and frustrated resistance to the Houthi project.

Irina Zuckerman cited the importance of helping Yemen restore internet access and end militia control as a necessary priority to end the war. in Yemen.

Al-Aghbar: Al-Houthi’s militia considers journalists and professionals to be enemies media

For his part, the journalist and human rights activist Salah Balaghbar stressed that the control of the Houthi terrorist militia is one of the most dangerous and insecure places for journalists’ lives, due to the serious violations committed by the militia against them, which prompted many reporters to flee those areas and flee in other areas.

Salah Balaghbar said the Houthi militia considers journalists and professionals to be media as enemies and, from this point of view, Houthi actions against journalists appear to be systematic actions to silence them in various ways, including murder, homicide, kidnapping, incarceration, torture and threats.

Salah Balaghbar considered the violations affecting the category of journalists and operators of the media as an attack on the right of peoples to obtain information and to know the facts as a legitimate right guaranteed by international humanitarian law.

Regarding the diversity of crimes affecting journalists, Salah Balaghbar said violations against journalists ranged from killings, bombings, terror and threats to their families, kidnappings, imprisonment, enforced disappearances, continued attacks on press institutions and closure. and confiscation of most of them.

Salah Balaghbar spoke about international humanitarian law, in which he stressed that journalists enjoy full protection in compliance with the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and Additional Protocols I and II of 1977, as well as customary law.

Balaghbar pointed out that the number of Houthi violations against journalists amounted to 2,285 violations of the freedoms of mediarevealing that the Houthis stormed 50 institutions, television channels and media outlets and the group blocked more than 40 sites web news.

Balaghbar continued his speech on Houthi violations against journalists, recalling the Special Criminal Court ruling, “Houthis State Security on April 11, 2020, sentenced journalists Abdul Khaliq Omran, Akram Al-Walidi, to death. Harith Hamid and Tawfiq Al-Mansoori “, after 5 years of detention, imposed disappearances and torture against the backdrop of his work. Journalist.

Salah called on organizations and the international community to condemn these crimes and violations by the Houthi militia against Yemeni journalists and to work to provide protection for journalists in Yemen. He stressed the need to work to ensure the perpetrators of these violations to justice, in international courts, to receive fair punishment, which helps to stop the violations against journalists in Yemen.

Boyfield: 18 million at risk of catastrophic famine

To this, a senior member of the European-Gulf Information Center, Keith Boyfield, confirmed that Iran supports the Houthi wars, which are essentially a proxy war against both Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

And Keith Boyfield expressed his concern at the growing number of Yemenis exposed to hunger, pointing to a United Nations statistic that 18 million are at risk of catastrophic famine, while only half of state hospitals are already working, while three-quarters of the population depends on aid to survive.

Keith Boyfield noted that the Houthis continue to mobilize and recruit men and children to fight by running “summer camps” that promote violent ideology. in flagrant violation of a recently agreed action plan with the Office of the Secretary General’s Special Representative to spare children from conflict.

On brutal discrimination against minorities, Keith Boyfield said the Houthis used violence in the treatment of ethnic minorities, in particular of the Jewish community and the Baha’is, since their control of the lands.

And Keith Boyfield expressed his lack of optimism in the process pace led by the United Nations, considering the Houthi force he built in northern Yemen as a major obstacle to pace unless this force is suppressed.

Keith Boyfield attributed the reason for the Houthis’ acceptance of the truce to the severe shortage of logistical supplies that came through a smuggling line from Iran due to the recently reorganized blockade, noting that it was effective in preventing arms smuggling for the Houthi fighters.

Keith Boyfield talked about the obstacles preventing the pace in Yemen, represented by the Houthis’ accession to control of the capital, Sana’a and some cities, and their refusal to make concessions to establish the pace.

Al-Qubati: The Houthi group is responsible for spying on citizens

In turn, the communications expert, engineer Abdul-Jalil Al-Qubati, confirmed that the Constitution of the Republic of Yemen in article (53) establishes the freedom and confidentiality of postal, telephone and telegraphic communications and all the means of communication are guaranteed, and cannot be controlled, searched, disclosed, deferred or confiscated except in the cases provided for by law and by the judicial order.

Al-Qubati held the Houthi group responsible for spying on citizens and violating their privacy by viewing and reading each suspicious citizen’s email by creating an email for each subscriber in YemenNet. Pointing out that the Houthi militia recorded phone calls to the landline or mobile of any suspicious individual, in clear violation of all applicable values, morals and laws. It revealed that the Houthi militia has extracted other segments of individuals doing business on social media for the purpose of entering their accounts via the code sent from the Internet.

And Abdul Jalil continued his speech on the violations of citizens’ privacy by the Houthi militia: “The Houthi militia searched the cell phones of citizens traveling outside Yemen at the security points (point Al-Hawban – point Yesilh – point Abu Hashem Rada’a) for the purpose of knowing the contents of the phone, where many citizens are arrested when they are present.Content affecting the militias.

He also explained that the Houthi militia had extracted information on the names of individuals through the telecommunications company database for the purpose of contacting them and urging them to engage with the Houthi militia. in particularly the social figures who have influence (such as what happened with the sheikhs of Ma’rib during the recent clashes).