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Yemen: Arbitrary arrest of Women Human Rights Defender Awfa Al-Naami

Tuesday 5 February 2019, by siawi3


[WHRD-IC] ALERT: Arbitrary arrest of WHRD Awfa Al-Naami in Yemen

Feb 5, 2019 13:11 (50 minutes ago)

On Monday (January 28) woman human rights defender Awfa Al-Naami was arbitrarily detained in Sanaa, Yemen. AlNaami and her colleague were asked for a meeting by the Houthi national security to discuss her work with SaferWorld, an INGO working on peace building and women empowerment. Awfa and her colleague went into the building at 12 noon on Monday and they haven’t been released.

Awfa AlNaami joined Saferworld in 2016 as a project manager in Yemen, with a focus on gender work in the country, and then moved on to become country manager where she oversees the programme and manages the day-to-day activities of the team. AlNaami also writes about providing women in Yemen with practical support and diplomatic commitment to bridge the gap between local, national and international peace talks. Awfa’s work is vital and important for not just women in Yemen, but Yemeni society as a whole.

The Regional Coalition of Women Human Rights Defenders in the Middle East and North Africa is gravely concerned by her unjustifiable detention. We have been reading reports stating that she might be transfered to court for dangerous charges. Yemeni WHRDs have been risking their lives, defending and fighting for human rights, in violent context that normalizes human rights violations against them. In the past two years, many WHRDs have been targeted in Yemen and have been put in a critical and dangerous situation owing to endless threats. Women Soldarity Network has released a condemnation statement, demanding the release of the WHRD.

We ask you to stand in solidarity with Awfa Al-Naami and call for her immediate and unconditional release. It is also important to ask the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General of Yemen (OSESGY) to intervene and demand Awfa’s release.

Islam Al-Khatib
Twitter: @whrdmena
Telephone:+961 1 397 454
Beirut, Lebanon