Ministry of Human Rights accuses the Houthis of intimidating followers of the Baha’i faith
The Human Rights Ministry accused the Houthi militia of intimidating Baha’i followers in Sana’a and confiscating their freedoms.
The ministry demanded in a statement on Sunday the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations to pressure the coup militia to stop these arrests and intimidation of the Baha’is in Sana’a.
“The harassment of Baha’is in Sana’a is turning into religious persecution,” the ministry said.
The statement called on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations to immediately respond to the statement and to include the names of those involved in the arrest and intimidation of Baha’is as part of the UN sanctions list.
“It welcomed the UN resolution call to the coup authorities to stop calling or arresting the Baha’is, to release all those were detained arbitrarily and to open an immediate investigation into the disappearance of religious symbols in Yemen and to disclose all details of the investigations,” the ministry stated .
“At the same time, we are surprised that the Houthis have not been classified as a terrorist group, despite its racist crimes and racist nature,” the statement said.
Recently, the Houthi militants in the capital, Sana’a, launched arrest campaigns of symbols of religion and more than 25 others on charges related to their beliefs, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief, Ahmed Shahid.