Demands for an international investigation into the murder of journalist Al-Absi

Mansa- Sanaa
2022-12-22 | منذ 2 شهر    قراءة: 63

We, the undersigned Yemeni, regional, and international human rights and press freedom organizations, call for an international investigation into the 2016 murder of investigative journalist Muhammad al-Absi in Sana’a - Yemen's capital that falls under the control of Houthi groups (Ansar Allah). Al-Absi died of poisoning on 20 December  2016, as has been confirmed in reports by the forensic medicine center in Sana’a (5/12/2017) and the Criminal Toxicology Center in Jordan (01/02/2017)

Throughout our follow-up of the case which has been ongoing for more than six years, and according to the journalist’s family, it has become clear that the judicial authorities in Sana’a are seeking to close the case and mark it as a crime committed by an "unknown person" despite them not having completed the collection of evidence, nor interrogated all suspects

Muhammad al-Absi, who was considered one of the most prominent investigative journalists in Yemen, is not the only journalist to pay with his life for his journalistic work and reporting on the truth. As organizations concerned with press freedom and human rights, we worry that the Houthi authorities’ failure to investigate the causes of the killing of journalists, their failure to hold them accountable, the failure to conduct investigations to clarify the persons and parties that committed these violations, and their lack of judicial and criminal prosecution at the local and international levels, all encourage parties and individuals to commit more crimes as there is no deterrent nor punishment for criminals. These violations will continue in the event of continued impunity

As civil society organizations concerned with press freedoms, we are concerned with the failure of the Houthi de facto authorities to investigate the causes of the killing of journalists and their failure to prosecute them judicially and criminally at the local and international levels. Most of the time, it is these authorities that contribute to the impunity of criminals. All of these reasons encourage all parties and individuals to commit crimes against journalists, as there is no deterrent or punishment for former criminals, and thus these violations will continue in the event of impunity

We urgently call for an international investigation into the murder of investigative journalist Muhammad al-Absi, and we ask for protection for journalists in order to dispel the danger of violations against them. There must be firm and strict mechanisms regarding the crimes committed against journalists, or else they will continue to be targeted

 

Signatorie

1.    Reporters Without Bord

2.    Studies & Economic Media Center (SEM

3.    Media Freedoms Observatory - Yem

4.    Qarar Foundation for Media and Sustainable Developme

5.    The National Organization of Yemeni Journalists "Sada

6.    Sam Organization for Rights and Liberti

7.    Rights Radar Organization for Human Righ

8.    Akon Foundation for Rights and Freedo

9.    Media Sac Foundation for Media and Developme

10.  American Center for Justi

11.  Monitoring human righ

12.  Dameer Association for Rights and Freedo

13.  SAH Foundation for Human Rights - Hadramo

14.  Equal Human Rights Organizati

15.  Media Village for Development and Informati

16.  "Yemen Future" organization for cultural and media developme

17.  Pathways for peace Foundati

18.  Media Mirrors Center for Developme

19.  Observer Journalist Netwo

20.  Electronic Organization for Humanitarian Med

21.  Wujoh Foundation for Media and Developme

22.  Al-Amal Womens SocialCultural Foundati

23.  Musaala for Human Righ

24.  Manasa foundation for Media and Development Studie

25.  Yeni Yemen Media Cent

26.  Juod Foundation for Developme

27.  Hakki Center for Supporting Rights and Freedoms - Gene

28.  Free Media Center for Investigative Journali

29.  Wad Developmental Foundati

30.  Musawah Organization for Rights and Freedo

31.  Peace and Building Foundati

32.  Al-Rased Organization for Human Righ

 

 

 



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