We, the local civil society organizations concerned with defending freedom of opinion and expression, demand the Houthi group to promptly release the journalist Younis Abdul-Salam, who was arrested in early August 2021 from a street in the capital Sana’a, by the Houthi Security and Intelligence Service, while leaving his home at night in a poor health condition.
The journalist Younis Abdel Salam is in a bad psychological condition, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, which increased our concern about worsening his psychological depression state if his release delayed, as he used to visit a psychiatric hospital prior to his arrest.
We also hold the Houthi group responsible for what may occur to the journalist Younis Abdul-Salam in detention because of his poor health and psychological state, which can't afford prison, cruel treatment and torture, as evidenced by the medical reports of one of the hospitals he used to visit.
We, the undersigned organizations, call on the international community and organizations concerned with freedom of opinion and expression to step up their efforts to release the journalist Younis Abdel Salam, to protect Yemeni male and female journalists and immediately release all detainees.
1- Studies and Economic Media Center (SEMC)
2- Yemeni Media Freedom Observatory (YMFO)
3- The National Organization of Yemeni Journalists (Sada)
4- SAM Organization for Rights and Freedoms
5- Rights Radar for Human Rights
6- Association of Abductees Mothers
7- Yemeni Women Empowerment Foundation
8- American Center for Justice (ACJ)
9- Mansa Foundation for Media And Development Studies
10- The Electronic Foundation for Humanitarian Media
11- Monitoring Journalist Network
12- Mirrors Media For Development Center MDC
13- True Human Rights institution
14- TO BE Foundation For Rights &Freedoms
15- Dameer Foundation For Human Rights
16- Humanitarian Journalism Foundation
17- Musawah Organization For Rights and Freedoms
18- Media Sac Foundation for Media
19- Yemni Data Journalists Network
20- Media village for development and Information