Yemeni Human Rights Minister Slams Int’l Organizations for Overlooking Houthi Violations

Houthi security personnel in a military vehicle in Sanaa (AFP)
Houthi security personnel in a military vehicle in Sanaa (AFP)
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Yemeni Human Rights Minister Slams Int’l Organizations for Overlooking Houthi Violations

Houthi security personnel in a military vehicle in Sanaa (AFP)
Houthi security personnel in a military vehicle in Sanaa (AFP)

Yemeni Human Rights Minister Ahmed Orman asserted that international organizations do not have access to areas controlled by Houthi militias in Yemen. They have also been denied visits to detention centers established by the Iran-backed group.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, Orman said that some organizations and researchers have rivalries with member states of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition which backs the internationally recognized government in Yemen.

He went on to criticize these organizations for overlooking the violations committed by Houthis and pledged to work to correct this imbalance.

Orman, citing his capacity as human rights minister, vowed to reinforce the institutional building and support the rehabilitation of state agencies and the rule of law.

“There is a weakness in exposing Houthi violations at international forums or before relevant organizations. This is not only exclusively linked to the ministry of human rights, but also relates to the other state bodies and institutions,” Orman noted.

When asked about some international bodies overlooking Houthi violations, the minister said that their motives are likely political.

He explained that some agencies have spats with Arab Coalition states and are using Yemen to settle scores.

“We will work hard to address this issue, and if these parties have problems with one of the coalition countries backing the Yemeni government, they should not affect the Yemeni file,” Orman said.

The minister pointed out the Houthi human rights violations are graver than those being reported to have been allegedly committed by pro-government forces.

“They are incomparable,” he stressed, adding that Houthis are involved in recruiting child soldiers, planting mines, torture, arbitrary detentions.

Orman also identified a major issue disrupting the work of international humanitarian groups in Yemen.

“Some researchers are influenced by regional geopolitics and are pushing foreign agendas looking to settle scores with Arab Coalition member states,” Orman revealed.



Israeli Tanks at Edge of Rafah's Mawasi Refuge Zone

A man walks across  fallen tents the day after a strike on the al-Mawasi area, northwest of the Palestinian city of Rafah on June 22, 2024.  (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)
A man walks across fallen tents the day after a strike on the al-Mawasi area, northwest of the Palestinian city of Rafah on June 22, 2024. (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)
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Israeli Tanks at Edge of Rafah's Mawasi Refuge Zone

A man walks across  fallen tents the day after a strike on the al-Mawasi area, northwest of the Palestinian city of Rafah on June 22, 2024.  (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)
A man walks across fallen tents the day after a strike on the al-Mawasi area, northwest of the Palestinian city of Rafah on June 22, 2024. (Photo by Bashar TALEB / AFP)

Israeli tanks advanced to the edge of the Mawasi displaced persons' camp in the northwest of the southern Gaza city of Rafah on Sunday in fierce fighting with Hamas-led fighters, residents said.
Images of two Israeli tanks stationed on a hilltop overlooking the coastal area went viral on social media, but Reuters could not independently verify them.

"The fighting with the resistance has been intense. The occupation forces are overlooking the Mawasi area now, which forced families there to head for Khan Younis," said one resident, who asked not to be named, on a chat app.

More than eight months into Israel's war in the Hamas-administered Palestinian enclave, its advance is focused on the two areas its forces have yet to seize: Rafah on Gaza's southern tip and the area surrounding Deir al-Balah in the center.

Residents said Israeli tanks had pushed deeper into western and northern Rafah in recent days, blowing up dozens of houses.

The Israeli military said it was continuing "intelligence-based, targeted operations" in the Rafah area and had located weapons stores and tunnel shafts, and killed Palestinian gunmen.

The armed wings of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad movement said their fighters had attacked Israeli forces in Rafah with anti-tank rockets and mortar bombs and pre-planted explosive devices.

Elsewhere, an Israeli airstrike killed eight Palestinians in Sabra, a suburb of Gaza City in the north, and another strike killed two people in Nuseirat in central Gaza.

The military said it had struck dozens of targets throughout the Strip.

On Saturday, Palestinian health officials said at least 40 Palestinians had been killed in separate Israeli strikes in some northern Gaza districts, where the Israeli army said it had attacked Hamas's military infrastructure. Hamas said the targets were the civilian population.

In Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, health officials at Kamal Adwan Hospital said a baby had died of malnutrition, taking the number of children dead of malnutrition or dehydration since Oct. 7 to at least 30, a number that health officials say reflects under-recording.