Amnesty International Demands Release of Yemeni Journalist Held by Houthis Since 2015

Amnesty International on Friday called on the Houthi group to immediately release Tawfiq al-Mansouri, one of four Yemeni journalists detained since 2015 and sentenced to death in April 2020.

“Houthi de facto authorities also denied health care to Mansouri despite suffering from serious health conditions,” said Amnesty International’s Acting Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Diana Semaan.

Calling Houthis denial of urgent medical treatment for Mansouri as a callous act of cruelty, Semaan said that Mansouri should never have been “detained in the first place, let alone sentenced to death.”

Mansouri has been suffering from chronic illnesses including diabetes, kidney failure, asthma, and heart problems.

Semaan furthered that Houthis must stop violating the fair trial rights of Tawfiq and the three other journalists (Akram Al-Walidi, Abdelkhaleq Amran and Hareth Hamid) detained alongside him.

The organization called for their immediate release without any further delay.   

According to Mansouri’s brother, Tawfiq’s health condition has significantly deteriorated on 27 July 2022, and since then he has been denied medical treatment.  

In April 2020, the Specialized Criminal Court in the capital Sana’a sentenced the four detained journalists to death following an unfair trial.

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