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GJC and Rights Groups Call for Immediate Release of Yemeni Human Rights Defenders in Joint Letter to Saudi-UAE Coalition

On June 18, 2018, eighteen prominent U.S. and international human rights and civil liberties organizations signed an open letter to the Saudi and UAE-led coalition urging the coalition to immediately and unconditionally release Radhya Almutawakel and Abdulrasheed Alfaqih, two prominent Yemeni human rights defenders with Mwatana Organization for Human Rights who were detained in Yemen.

The detention of Almutawakel and Alfaqih comes at a time when millions of Yemenis are suffering from the devastating consequences of violations committed by the Saudi-led coalition during its military campaign in Yemen, widespread abuses by the Houthis and armed groups including al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, and the likely impact of the UAE-orchestrated offensive on the port of Hodeidah, critical for the supply of humanitarian aid to the country.

The coalition of rights groups include Amnesty International, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), Center for Constitutional Rights, Control Arms Coalition, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Global Justice Clinic (NYU School of Law), Human Rights Clinic (Columbia Law School, Human Rights watch, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), PAX, Physicians for Human Rights, Reprieve, Rights Watch UK, Win Without War, and Yemen Peace Project.

You can read the complete text of the letter here.

Update: Almutawakel and Alfaqih were released on June 19 yesterday following mounting pressure by human rights groups worldwide. However, they continue to face threats from the coalition

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