The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet was “shocked” Thursday by the “high number” of human rights violations journalists have suffered in Yemen, including killings, enforced disappearances and death sentences.
Since the beginning of April, the UN Human Rights Bureau has documented one murder, one kidnapping, three arbitrary arrests and detentions, the death sentence of four journalists and the detention of six others, and three physical attacks and threats. of physical violence. In addition, these violations and abuses are committed by all parties involved in the Yemeni conflict.
“Those responsible for reporting the atrocities committed during the armed conflict and the resulting pain and suffering for the civilian population are themselves the target of attacks,” lamented Bachelet, who recalled that Yemen “is considered the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world. ” World”.
“Journalists are under attack from all sides. They are killed, beaten and disappeared. They are harassed and threatened. They are jailed and sentenced to death for trying to shed light on the brutality of this crisis,” he added.