UN calls on Houthis to revoke death sentence against 35 parliamentarians

UN calls on Houthis to revoke death sentence against 35 parliamentarians

Alsahwa Net- The United Nations (UN) called on Friday the Houthis militia to revoke a capital punishment against 35 Yemeni lawmakers who were ruled to death last Tuesday by a Houthis-run court in Sana’a.

Spokesperson of the UN Human Rights Office, Liz Throssell, said during a press conference that the 35 parliamentarians were “sentenced to death - in absentia and - on treason charges, their property confiscated and their families threatened.”

None of the sentenced parliamentarian were in northern, Houthi-controlled territory at the time of the trial, according to Throssel.

“We are extremely concerned by the overall conduct of the trial and that it is politically motivated, as well its failure to comply with international norms and standards,” she said.

She explained that charges were basically related to the parliamentarians’ participation in a parliamentary meeting held in Sayoun of Hadhramaut governorate on 11 April 2019, which was called by the internationally recognized President Abdo Rabo Mansour Hadi.

Following issuance of sentences in Sana’a, the UN Human Rights Offices received reports that the homes of some parliamentarians in Sana’a were looted by a group of the Houthi policewomen, and their family members, who were inside their homes, were given 24 hours to leave their homes, Throssell said.

The Houthis ruled the 35 lawmakers to death on charge of “cooperation with Saudi Arabia and member states of the Saudi-led coalition.

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