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Maat delivered an intervention before the Human Rights Council on the Situation of Women in Yemen

Maat delivered an intervention before the Human Rights Council on the Situation of Women in Yemen

 “Women pay the price of the Houthi violations in Yemen” Okeil stated

During the Human Rights Council session to discuss item 3 on the holding of the interactive dialogue session with Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights presented an intervention on the morning of June 27, in which it highlighted the situation of women’s rights in Yemen.

Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights indicated, during the intervention, its condemnation and total rejection of the violations perpetrated by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia against women in Yemen since its coup against the legitimate authority of Yemen in 2014. Women face different forms of violence in the absence of state institutions and protection and community awareness organizations. Women bear all the scourges resulting from the armed conflict and are the most victims physically, psychologically and morally.

Maat pointed out that it reached statistics over the last four years show that the Houthis have committed more than 20,000 cases of abuse against women in Yemen, including murder, injury, physical assault and violence, particularly in cities and areas controlled by the Houthi militia.

Ayman Okeil asserted that women pay the price of the Houthi violations in Yemen, also he added that between January and June 2018 only, 129 women were killed, 122 women were injured by attacks, firearms, sniper and mines, as well as 23 women were abducted. The Houthi militia was directly responsible for most of these violations, in addition to committing the other most egregious violations, including mutilation, physical and verbal harassment, exploitation in security and other activities, denial of education and work and forced early marriage, violating their rights guaranteed by the Constitution, national laws and international conventions and charters ratified by Yemen.

In conclusion, Maat called upon Member States to pressure the Houthi militia to stop the violations against women in Yemen and to hold accountable the perpetrators of these violations.

This participation came within a series of events and meetings are being held by Maat on the sidelines of the 41st session of the Council, which began on 24 June and is scheduled to continue until 12 July. Maat’s participation in the 41st session is part of a delegation of 26 members from 8 European, African and Arab countries.

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