UN Report: Houthis intimidate Yemenis through various formal and informal security apparatuses

UN Report: Houthis intimidate Yemenis through various formal and informal security apparatuses

Alsahwa Net- The Houthis militia practice various forms of intimidation and coercion against the Yemeni citizens in areas of their control using multiple formal and secret security services, said a report by the United Nations (UN) Panel of Experts on Yemen.

The Houthis-preventive Security Apparatus which is run directly by the Houthis’ leader, Abdulmalik Al-Houthi is the most influential bureau that operates out of the formal security departments, according to the report. 

Operations of this apparatus became more visible following death of former president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh in December 2017.

The report did not disclose name of the apparatus’s leader, but it said that is managed by the most influential Houthis leaders.

It provided more information about this notorious apparatus in a confidential annex of the report that was sent to the UN Security Council (UNSC) in last December.

The prime task of the apparatus is to protect the Houthis group from penetration as well as reviewing reports by the Houthis supervisors [Mushrfs] and prevention of escape of fighters from warfronts.

The Security and Intelligence Service which the Houthis created in the past year is the formal security apparatus that also exercises human rights abuses and intimidation against the anti-Houthis suspects.

Creation of the Security and the Intelligence Service followed dissolving of two former state intelligence services known as the Political Security Organization and the National Security Bureau in the past year by the Houthis.

The Houthis arrested scores of the former security officers for their suspected affiliation to Saleh.

The report provided also information on the Houthis- female security which is known as Zaynabyat.

Female members of this service are selected from the Hashemite families and they are tasked of inspecting houses and doing body -check to women and governing female prisons, according to the report.

It said that the UN experts documented various abuses committed by members of the female-security service.

These reported abuses included g arbitrary arrests and detention, looting, sexual abuse, torture, physical assault and facilitation of rape against female detainees in secret detention centers.

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