Panel of experts: Vulnerable groups continue facing discrimination in Yemen

Panel of experts: Vulnerable groups continue facing discrimination in Yemen

Alsahwa Net- The United Nations (UN) Panel of Experts said that vulnerable groups in Yemen including Muhamasheen (marginalized group), displaced people, people with special needs and religious minorities continue face constant discrimination.

The experts said that risk of exploitation and physical abuse to such vulnerable groups is exacerbated by the dire economic situation.

In a report that will be presented in the upcoming week to the UN Human Rights Council, the experts expressed their deep concern that parties to the conflict continued to target human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers and activists to repress dissent and curtail criticism.

The experts said that they received reports of the numerous obstacles endured by persons with disabilities in accessing health services and assistive devices, humanitarian aid, education and employment opportunities. Older people are also particularly vulnerable.

“Religious minorities continue to face particular barriers to the enjoyment of their rights. For protection reasons, the Group is not able to publicly report on all of the violations experienced by these groups,” the report read.

It indicated that the group reported earlier on the situation of the Baha’is detained in Sana’a on the basis of their religious faith, in particular highlighting their arbitrary arrest, torture and denial of due process in court proceedings.”

Following their release on 30 July 2020, the Baha’i detainees were expelled from Yemen and their lawyers were being targeted and threatened, even detained, for their defense of the Baha’i detainees, according to the report.

Human rights activists in Sana’a said that the Houthis continue trial sessions of the Baha’I detainees despite being forced to leave Yemen.

The activists said that such procedures are intended to be used for confiscating funds and properties of the Baha’is.

The Houthis continue detention of thousands of civilians among them journalists, politicians, students, women and children.

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