Journalists and activists rejected what many consider to be a sham trial the Houthis started Monday
Protesters in Marib denounce Houthi trial of 10 abducted journalists
Journalists and activists held a vigil in Marib on Tuesday to denounce the arbitrary arrest and detention of 10 journalists by the Houthis for almost five years.
In a statement issued on the UN’s International Human Rights Day, participants at the Marib vigil rejected what many consider to be a sham trial that started Monday to bring formal charges against the journalists and demanded their immediate and unconditional release.
The protesters called on local and foreign media, the Arab Journalists’ Union and the International Federation of Journalists to increase media advocacy and coordination to highlight Houthi violations against journalists in Yemen. They also urged the United Nations, its human rights organizations, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other international organizations to pressure the Houthis to release the journalists, who have been subjected to severe torture and systematic neglect. The health of several of the journalists has deteriorated to the point that their lives are in danger.