- Title: NGO calls for Yemen human rights investigation into militias
- Date: 28th July 2017
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (JULY 28, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CO-FOUNDER OF MWATANA ORGANIZATION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, RADHYA ALMUTAWAKEL, TALKING TO JOURNALIST IN OFFICE ALMUTAWAKEL LEAVING OFFICE ALMUTAWAKEL DURING INTERVIEW (SOUNDBITE) (English) CO-FOUNDER OF MWATANA ORGANIZATION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, RADHYA ALMUTAWAKEL, SAYING: "The situation now in Yemen is very difficult. Yemen is controlled by militias, so whether it is in Sanaa (the capital city) or in Aden. All these militias are committing violations beside the Saudi-led coalition who are just striking everything in Yemen. So all groups are just doing these violations in a very relaxed way because they know there isn't any kind of accountability. So we think that the international independent inquiry will be just a first step toward accountability and also to make the situation less miserable for the civilians."
- Embargoed: 11th August 2017 16:47
- Keywords: Yemen Sanaa human rights violations inquiry civil war extremism Saudi Arabia
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE / SANAA AND IBB, YEMEN
- City: PARIS, FRANCE / SANAA AND IBB, YEMEN
- Country: France
- Topics: Fundamental Rights/Civil Liberties,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016RMUZBB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Human rights organisation Mwatana called on Friday (July 28) for an independent international inquiry into alleged human rights violations in Yemen.
Mwatana co-founder Radhya Almutawakel, who came to Paris to ask for support for the inquiry, said all militias were committing violations.
She told Reuters her non-governmental organisation Mwatana, which employs 60 people in Yemen, had documented cases of illegal detentions, torture and forced disappearance.
A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition is fighting the Iran-allied Houthi militia in Yemen. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies have intervened in Yemen's civil war since March 2015 in a campaign to restore the ousted internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
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