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Assassin arrested in Yemen

Filed under: Hadramout, assassination, political violence, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 9:17 am on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

(Via Twitter) @BaFana3 Developing story in #Yemen : Man arrested for failed bid to kill judge in #Hadhramaut admits he killed 28 others. Who does he work for?

Additional

It was really an usual news to hear that a security guy in the Republic of Yemen RY shoot the assassin who was chasing him in the street of Sana’a on the 12th of March 2014; and the assassin was sent to the near by hospital to rescue him. On the same day, another assassin who was trying to kill a judge in the city of Sayoon, i.e. the biggest city in the Valley of Hadramout, was caught as well with others!! Wow very impressive!! Two days later 3 assassin’s were caught in Aden, i.e the capital of the former state in South before 1990.

Lets talk about each case with some details provided from news by public and officials!!

Sayoon Case:
Judge Adana Al Hamid survived miraculously an assassination attempt by Fua’ad Ba Naseeb, the assassin, but the other(s) 1 OR 2 with him was (or were) kept uncovered!!

later on, a “high authority” in Sana’a were insisting to transfer the assassin, i.e. Fua’ad Ba Naseeb, to Sana’a for investigation!! however, the security people in Sayoon refused it at once and insisted to carry the investigation in Hadramout which was welcomed by President Hadi. More news were coming day after day, the officials in Hadramout said they have very valuable information about a call the assassin received regarding the assassination attempt but the ID of the caller was uncovered. Moreover, the authorities in Hadramout mentioned that they arrested 3 who are related to assassination in Hadramout without mentioning names.

Just late last night, the assassin, i.e. Fua’ad Ba Naseeb, admitted that he fired 4 bullets and he hided the gun in Syaoon International Football field. In addition, 2 names came in the investigation one is called “Al Katheeri”!! and the 3rd is called ” Hassan B” but he is not captive!!

http://www.honahadhramout.com/2014/128888.html

http://www.mukallatoday.com/Details.aspx?ID=24722

http://www.mukallatoday.com/pages/Details.aspx?ID=24750&&C=NewsDetails

http://adenalghad.net/news/96744/#.UygZy840kRE

Aden Case:

The official news paper Al Jamhoriah mentioned that Judge Mohammed Ahmed Al Shagdari survived an assassination attempt on14th of March 2014 by a group of people while a Political Security PSO guy. i.e. Tariq Sharaf, was passing by the crime scene and exchanged fire with the group and he was killed while injured one attacker whose name is Marwan Mohammed Al Jokar. The other 2, who were arrested later on, are Redwan Ahmed Al Jokar and Sami Kasim ben Kasim. However, NO updates since the day of the indecent!!!!!

http://www.honahadhramout.com/2014/129113.html

Sana’a Case:
On 12th of March 2014, around noon time, an assassin was chasing an officer from PSO but the officer managed to shoot and injure OR kill the assassin who was taken to the near by hospital. The scene was near Coffee Trader area next to Al Khaimah restaurant. No news about the name of the PSO officer or the assassin, and whether he was killed or injured. Everything was kept so uncovered since the indecent and NO updates about what so ever in the news!!!

http://www.yemensaeed.com/news/news-local/14056-2014-03-12-16-19-08.html

It is worth mentioning that Mr. Ghalib Al Qamish was appointed as an ambassador after 33 years of being the head of PSO along with Mr. Abdual kader Kahtan, former minister of interior, on the 7th of March 2014.

Update: People in Hadramout are highly interacting with the arrested assassin, i.e. Fua’ad Ba Naseeb, case.

More news are leaked from the investigation room, and more names are discoverer day after day. While a “High Authority” in Sana’a is demanding to transfer him to Sana’a for “Full investigation”, people in Hadramout calling to keep him in Sayoon to uncover all details to the public and to the families of victims as they already know that if he is transferred to Sana’a he will be killed and the case will be closed. A similar case in Sana’a happened at the same day, i.e. 12th of March 2014, and NO news of it at all which makes the calls to investigate Fua’ad Ba Naseeb in Sana’a so fishy. Therefore, there is a big movement among the community in Hadramout to stop the “transfer” to Sana’a and proposals like forming human wall around the lockup place of Fua’ad Ba Naseeb are proposed.

Most, if not all, pro Islah news outlets are accusing Hirak of doing it and suggesting Fua’ad Ba Naseeb being part of Hirak. No one heard of him being of Hirak at all, and his political views are not met with Hirak. If he was with Hirak, then some of Fua’ad Ba Naseeb victims would pro Islah members in Hadramout!! instead, his victims were anti-Oil Mafia and anti-terrorism; while Islah members, Oil Mafia members and fanatics remain untouched for the past 3 years!!!!

Weapons, from same

The Military Police seized 2 trucks, one is of Mercedes brand and the other is of Dyna Toyota brand, full of weapons and explosives were heading to Shabwah!!

The 2 trucks were caught last Tuesday by a military check point and kept at Brigade 27 Mechanical for some days for negotiation which resulted into “royalty payment” of 4 million Yemeni Riyals.

The military check point told the Military Police which seized all of it after the release from Brigade 27 Mechanical. Some news say the loads were unloaded to the General Security Camp in Hadramout.

It has been said that these consignments belong to Mohammed Ali Mohsen (not the son of the famous Ali Mohsen) who is the Yemeni Military attache in Doha now, and he was Pro Ali Mohsen during 2011 against the ousted Saleh when he was the head of the Eastern Military Zone which was based in Hadramout!!! Some suggested that this action comes into escalation of violence game in Hadramout by big players.

It is worth mentioning that this news comes after an indecent of “Al Qaidah” seizing a big weapons consignment, approximatly 10 days ago, between Marib and Hadramout which was coming from Hadramout!! and the number of “Al Qaidah” who seized it were ONLY 2!! very brave ones wow.

You may need to refer to the links below for more details:

http://shabwaahpress.net/news/14950/

http://www.mukallatoday.com/Details.aspx?ID=24721

http://www.barakish.net/news.aspx?cat=12&sub=12&id=64640

Whats old is new again.

The following from the new website, Hadramout Tribes Confederacy HTC, at www.alhelf.com The site, in addition to reporting Hadramout news and publishing official HTC press releases in Arabic, translates the press releases and news into English for distribution via email. Use their contact button to get on the English mailing list. Here is the press release from the HTC 3/13/14:

Proclamation No. 38
An extended meeting of Hadramout Tribes Confederacy was held this morning, Thursday the 13th of March 2014, which was attended by all tribal leaders and chiefs of Hadramout. This meeting was held in order to discuss and take a decision regarding the verdict to be issued by the Confederacy on the date set in accordance with the agreement concluded between the Confederacy’s leadership and the committee headed by Brother the Governor of Hadramout when part of the compensatory amends were delivered.

The atmosphere of the meeting was permeated by commitment and concern for the demands of the people of Hadramout in accordance with the Confederacy’s proclamations and the Presidential instructions issued by Brother, the President. During the meeting, extensive study was made of the new developments in Hadramout as manifested by the vicious attack on the people of Assay’ar tribe during yesterday and today and the large military reinforcements which arrived at Arrayyan airport yesterday and which are indicative of the intent of the influential forces and robbers of Hadramout resources for escalation and sabotage of the efforts aimed at the implementation of the demands of the people of Hadramout which were taken up and adopted by Hadramout tribes Confederacy. In this meeting, the following decisions were taken:

1. Deferment of the issue of the verdict by Hadramout Tribes Confederacy until the following conditions are met within ten days from today:
A. Completion of the delivery of the rest of the pledges ordered by Brother the President consisting of one milliard Yemeni riyals to the leader of Hadramout Tribes Confederacy and for which the minister for local administration was commissioned and in accordance with the conditions of the arbitrator that signed by the said minister and the instructions of Brother the President to the Prime Minister to commission Brother the Governor of Hadramout to implement what has been agreed upon with the said minister.
B. Cessation of the aggression against Assay’ar tribe and the immediate release of Lieutenant colonel Bin Rameedan and the rest of the detainees from Assay’ar tribe.
C. Putting a stop to the military reinforcements that have been pouring into Hadramout.
D. The return to their homes of the people of Abdullah Gharib village and Ash-Shihr city who were forced from their homes.
E. Removal of the Central security personnel at the Abdullah Gharib Checkpoint who were responsible for forcing the residents of the village from their homes and for provocations of the passers by the checkpoint and their replacement by security personnel from the people of Hadramout.
F. Immediate commencement of the implementation process of the Presidential instructions to the Prime Minister relative to the demands of the Confederacy in accordance with a timetable that would be a proof of the state’s credibility; and in case of impediments those responsible must be identified and brought to account.

2. Every tribe must send ten people fully equipped and with a Shases vehicles to the Confederacy’s headquarters in Ghail bin Yameen for distribution at joint checkpoints of the Confederacy.

3. Preparing a list of the remaining demands about which no Presidential instructions were given and to follow up contacts with Brother the President in order to issue such instructions.

4. The Confederacy stresses the necessity of the continuation of the popular uprising in Hadramout by all the people and tribes of Hadramout and its strengthening until all demands have been met in accordance with the proclamations issued by the Confederacy.

Issued by
Hadramout Tribes Confederacy.
March 13, 2014

HRW: “The (Yemeni) Central Security Forces’ failure to stop the shooting suggests either gross negligence or complicity with the gunmen”

Filed under: Mahweet, Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Security Forces, political violence — by Jane Novak at 10:03 am on Thursday, September 27, 2012

This is a thorough summary of the March 18, 2011 massacre in Yemen including the literal firewall that kept protesters in the square after the snipers opened fire and the role of Yahya Saleh, head of one of the US supported CT units. The US desire to retain Yahya and Ahmed Ali in their roles as heads of the CT forces is one of the main obstacles to a peaceful transition of power so maybe Obama should sanction himself.

The March 18 massacre was so egregious and barbaric that half the corrupted regime defected to the side of the protesters. The US however withheld from calling for Saleh’s removal. In fact, US Def Sec Gates announced days later that the US had done no post-Saleh planning and, “We’ve had a good working relationship with President Saleh. He’s been an important ally in the counter-terrorism arena.”

BTW the son of the governor of Mahweet from post, Yemen: Son of governor escapes justice after massacre:

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And yes, the US/SA/UN granted immunity for the Saleh regime does tend to complicate matters.

Yemen: Massacre Investigation Badly Flawed
Conduct New Probe Into 2011 Killings of 45 Protesters

(Sanaa, September 27, 2012) – The previous Yemeni government’s investigation into the so-called Friday of Dignity massacre on March 18, 2011, in Yemen’s capital is marred throughout by flaws and political interference, Human Rights Watch said today.

The Yemeni authorities should order a new inquiry into the attack, the deadliest by pro-government gunmen on protesters during the 2011 uprising, Human Rights Watch said. The attack in Sanaa killed 45 people and wounded up to 200 others, and became a symbol of resistance to then-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The criminal trial of 78 defendants in the case is scheduled to begin on September 29, 2012.

“The previous government’s investigation of the Friday of Dignity killings was deeply flawed and may have been a brazen attempt to shield government officials from prosecution,” said Letta Tayler, senior Yemen researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Yemen’s new government should demonstrate its commitment to justice for serious rights abuses by carrying out a new inquiry.” (Read on …)

Justice Minister gets death threat after statement about seizing former regime’s funds

Filed under: Corruption, GPC, Judicial, Ministries, Post Saleh, assassination, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:54 am on Sunday, September 16, 2012

Many ranking members of Ali Abdullah Saleh’s former regime made millions through corruption, embezzlement and fraud. The Obama administration continuously blocked all efforts to freeze Saleh’s funds in addition to providing him political cover. Every now and then somebody mumbles something about sanctioning those who block the political transition at the same time that its clear the purse of Saleh et al is what is funding the counter-revolution, like Saddam and the Fedayeen.

Alsahwah.net- Minister of Justice Murshid Al-Arashani received threats of killing by unknown persons on Friday.

A source of the ministry said that they received a letter on late Friday in which the minister was threatened with assassination.

These threats came after Al-Arashani said on Tuesday that Yemen prepares to pursue funds that were looted by the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and his aides.

In a forum held in Qatar on recovering frozen assets of fallen Arab autocrats, Al-Arashani stressed that those officials who looted funds of the Yemeni people will be hunted through mechanisms of civil laws.

Ammar Saleh heads pipeline sabotage team in Yemen, Updated

Filed under: Oil, Post Saleh, Security Forces, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 4:54 am on Sunday, July 15, 2012

Update: I added an English article on the events below the fold but it doesnt name Ammar, just calls him a relative of the president who oversaw the destructive efforts.

Al Hadath: Ministry of the Interior in connection with completion of the investigation with the accused in preparation for the lifting of the case file to the President Hadi

Security official: Ammar Saleh manages a band of 450 people to blow up electricity pylons and oil pipelines (Read on …)

Witness: 100’s defected soldiers, protesters whipped, electrocuted, tortured inside Yemeni military camp

Filed under: Military, Sana'a, Transition, political violence, prisons, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 8:43 am on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

But its not a problem for the US, UN and GCC which all strongly endorse an immunity package for the Saleh regime and consider the Yemeni public a nuisance.

Yemen Post: The Yemeni Human Rights Organization, HOOD, has affirmed that hundreds of officers, troops and protesters are being detained and brutally tortured inside military camps affiliated to the outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The body said that these soldiers were detained due their support to anti-regime protests.

Hood indicated that the Yemeni authorities have recently released 44 detainees from the Central Prison in Sana’a.

Yemen security and army services have arbitrarily detained hundreds of peaceful protesters across the country, subjecting them to torture and ill-treatment, since anti-government demonstrations began in February 2011.

“A military court has recently released four officers and troops of the Special Forces Service led by son of Saleh, Ahmed,” Hood said.”They were arrested on charges of taking part in anti-regime demonstrations.”

One of the released persons revealed that 75 protesters and 70 soldiers of the defected First Armored Division are being held inside a custody in Alsama’a military camp located in Arhab district of Sana’a governorate.

The protester told Yemeni activists that he was kidnapped from the capital in December, 2011, pointing out that he was immediately transferred to this camp.

He said he was subject to brutal forms of tortures, including electro-shock devices and beating with cables and whips, as he was blindfolded and handcuffed.

Yemenis have been demonstrating across the country demanding the release of hundreds of detainees held by Security services which are still controlled by people loyal to Saleh.

Yemeni activists had urged all international human rights organizations to press on the Yemeni regime to release all detainees who are subject to brutal torture.

The exact number of detainees being held by the authorities is unknown, but activists say that it could be as high as 1,400.

When Islahis attack (protesters clash in Yemen)

Filed under: Islah, Transition, Yemen, political violence, protests — by Jane Novak at 4:33 pm on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

35 hurt in Yemen protester clashes AFP

SANAA — Clashes between Yemeni youths divided over a power transfer deal that grants President Ali Abdullah Saleh immunity from prosecution left 35 people injured on Tuesday, witnesses and medics said.

“Some 2,000 members of the Islamist Sunni Al-Islah (reform) party, among them dissident soldiers, attacked our camp at dawn, injuring 35 people,” Khalid al-Madani, head of the camp backed by supporters of Shiite Zaidi rebels, told AFP. (Read on …)

Yemen denies Syrian pilots killed were tasked with attacking protesters

Filed under: Lahj, Protest Fatalities, Syria, War Crimes, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 6:45 pm on Friday, November 4, 2011

Catching up, only 18 more drafts to publish or delete. I’m leaning toward delete, maybe backdate. This is just too absurd to pass up though. A Yemeni fighter jet crashed at the al Anad AF base in Lahj and seven passengers killed were Syrian pilots.

The regime’s denial that they were brought in to attack the protests is total blather; its more likely that one of the leaders in the Syrian Baath Party like, lets say errrr, Adbel Hafidh Kaid Noaman, hooked up the Syrian pilots for Saleh. UPdate al Masdar publishes the names of the dead and injured Syrian pilots.

Yemen denies opposition claims on the military aircraft crash 27/10/2011 Yemen Online: A military source has revealed the aircraft that crashed in Lahj province south of Yemen two days ago was carrying a number of Syrian and Yemeni trainers. The crash occurred during the landing in Al-Anad air base, as a result of a technical fault and an incorrect navigational measurement by the pilot. The landing took place over an area adjacent to the base runway.

The military source said that the accident had led to the killing of eight Syrian trainers and one Yemeni passenger. Seven other Yemenis escaped unscathed from the accident, including the pilot, Colonel Mahmud Yahya Muhammad al-Armazah, along with two Syrians.

The Syrian killed in the accident work as professional aviation trainers at the Faculty of Aviation and Air Defense. They have been providing fundamental aviation training for 11 years’ the military source stressed

The military source notes that the Yemeni armed forces do not need to seek the assistance of any foreign fighter pilots, as the media run by the Joint Meeting Parties (Opposition) claimed.

Yemeni opposition leader mowed down in “accident”

Filed under: PFU, Sana'a, Targeting, Yemen's Lies, political violence, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 11:48 am on Thursday, November 3, 2011

Targeted assassination attempts continue:

Yemen Post: Senior Opposition Leader still in Bad Condition; Youth Blaming Government for Incident

Defected military loyal to the opposition warned on Monday that its leaders will be targets of government assassination plots.

One day after the warning, Mohammed al-Mutawakil, the secretary general of the opposition popular front (ed-PFU) party was injured in a traffic accident the opposition call as planned by the government in an effort to kill him.

He was hit by a motorcycle as he was walking down the street. Al-Mutawakil received serious injuries to the head and is now hospitalized.

Hundreds of youth and opposition leaders visited al-Mutawakil and were not happy.

“We are sure this is not an accident. His health is really bad. This is planned and he was one of the respected leaders in the eyes of the pro revolution youth,” said Abdullah Najjar, a youth activist who visited al-Mutawakil

Majority of Yemen opposition leaders have left the country knowing that Yemen is not safe for them anymore. The interior ministry denied that the incident was planned and is investigating with the motorcycle driver.

Saleh has a trail of blood behind him dating back decades. The car accident is among the most repetitive tactics. There are no moral restraints on the regime; its no surprise that the opposition is making this accusation. Its possibly true. The 1999 death of the great Yemeni activist and editor, Abdulazziz al Saqqaf is one event that generates national suspicion. Leaving a lunch with Abdubakr al Qirby (a medical doctor), Professor al Saqqaf was run over and killed by a car in a sequence that made no sense as an accident. Al Qirby later became and remains Yemen’s Foreign Minister. New information came to light in the last months about Saleh’s complicity in the death of at least one former president, prior to attaining the presidency himself. The treachery of Saleh has no bounds.

Update: The motorcycle was driven by children according to buzz. The PFU rejects the Interior Ministry’s announcements issued without conducting an investigation.

Update 2: al Mutawakil transferred to Saudi Arabia for treatement.

Yemeni Observatory for Human Rights calls for protection

Filed under: Civil Rights, Civil Society, Sana'a, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:59 am on Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Yemeni Observatory for Human Rights calls for urgent intervention to prevent Yahya Saleh from storming its head quarters in Sanaa, http://bit.ly/qaaZB2 (ar). The Sana’a regime in Yemen, getting closer to a long overdue war crimes trial in the ICC, is attacking the keepers of the evidence; HOOD’s library of human rights abuses was previously burnt to the ground. Idiot Saleh fails to realize that the state’s conduct of the Saada war in and of itself is enough to convict him of collective punishment; the repetitive lethal attacks on southern protesters (2007-2011) are also crimes against humanity. The 500+ protesters killed by state security forces since February are a third and separate range of crimes.

Houthis vs. Islah in al Jawf

Filed under: Islah, Local gov, Saada War, Tribes, al Jawf, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:10 am on Monday, October 3, 2011

The YT has a good write up of the conflict in al Jawf and comes to the conclusion the Houthis are expansionist.

Yemen Times: Sunni-Shiites war in Al-Jawf

War broke out five months ago between Houthi rebels – who are Shiite Muslims – and the locals of Al-Jawf governorate – themselves Sunni Muslims – 143 km northwest of the capital city of Sana’a.

Around 470 Houthis were killed and over 85 of Al-Jawf’ s citizens lost their lives in this four-month-long war, Sheikh Arfj Bin Hadban, a local tribal leader in Al-Jawf, told the Yemen Times. (Read on …)

Yemen’s Counter-terror chief randomly shelling residential areas in Arhab: Video

Filed under: Sana'a, Security Forces, War Crimes, political violence — by Jane Novak at 2:36 pm on Sunday, October 2, 2011

Are we really going to continue to place the safety of Americans in Prince Ahmed Saleh’s hands when he randomly murders Yemeni civilians? There must be reliable mid-level CT commanders. The following vid shows damage in Arhab, after extensive shelling by the Republican Guard:

Update: Regime bombing of residential areas kills seven year old.

National Security kidnaps protester al Obaydi en route to Arhab

Filed under: Sana'a, Security Forces, Targeted Individuals, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 5:00 pm on Monday, August 8, 2011

MoKhtar Al-Obaydi was abducted by the the national security while he was returning from the Change Square to his village in Arhab, north of Sanaaa, on the first of Ramadan. He teaches the religious studies at the Zaidi Sheikh Abo Nashdan’s Centere in Arhab.

Arhab, Sanaa: 30 dead, 80 injured, thousands displaced in months of bombing

Filed under: Protest Fatalities, Sana'a, Security Forces, Tribes, War Crimes, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:55 pm on Sunday, July 17, 2011

This all began months ago when the villagers locked down the RG camp as forces were deploying to attack some protesters. The villagers also captured and burned three helicopters in Nehm. The Saleh forces began randomly bombing residential areas and infrastructure in retaliation, a standard tactic. Arhab was also the site of the December 2009 US air strike and al Zindani is around there somewhere.

Yemen Post: A citizen was killed and three others injured when the republican guard continued shelling the district of Arhab on the outskirts of Yemen’s capital Sana’a on Saturday.

Local sources said the republican guard brigade 61 heavily shelled the village of Al-Obowa with artilleries and Katyusha rockets leading to the casualties and destroying homes and properties. (Read on …)

SOHR report June, southern leader Baoum jailed, ill in Yemen

Filed under: South Yemen, political violence, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 6:12 pm on Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Southern Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) monthly report on various HR violations in southern Yemen (including Zinjibar) for June 2011 is now available for download:

English: http://www.archive.org/download/report_909/3.pdf

Arabic: http://www.archive.org/download/report_673/17.pdf

Southern secessionist leader Hassan Baoum remains in very poor health and in incommunicado detention since February despite multiple efforts to visit him by activists and others this week. But with friends like Obama, the Saleh regime can do what it wants to the political opposition without fear of consequences:

Sanaa authorities are still prevent the visit in the hospital of Ba’oom (Read on …)

Kidnapped, beaten and disappeared journalists, activists and politicians in Yemen

Filed under: Civil Rights, Media, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 2:57 pm on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bara’a, a Yemeni activist in the anti-Saleh protests was “kidnapped and beaten for seven hours,” according to video testimony here.

Mareb Press reports Tawwakol Karman’s house was trashed, and her brother kidnapped. She accused the commander of the Republican Guard, Brigadier General Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, and his cousin, Ammar Mohammed Abdullah Saleh, Undersecretary of the National Security Agency, of being behind the raid and looting her home, studio and the Organization of Women Journalists Without Chains. Her brother, the poet Tariq Abdel-Salam Kerman, disappeared four days ago in Taiz, and Karman confirmed that he had been kidnapped by the National Security Agency, after he announced his joining the People’s Revolution for the departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

al Sahwa: Reporters Without Borders condemns Al-Sahwa.net correspondent Yahia Al-Thanaya’s abduction at a checkpoint near the Al-Dailami air-base, a few kilometres outside Sanaa, on the night of 19 June, just a few days after he reported that the government was illegally holding activists at a secret detention centre within the base. Reporters Without Borders calls for his immediate release.

The editor of the opposition weekly Al-Wahdawi, Ahmed Sayeed Nasser, was threatened on 16 April by a phone caller who accused him of insulting the president and his family in various articles. The caller also said some of the newspaper’s reporters could be in danger as a result of the publication of documents shedding light on North Yemen President Ibrahim Al-Hamdi’s assassination in 1977.

Hassan Baoum is the subject of a new letter by HRW . Leader of the Southern (pro-independence) Movement Hassan Bauom and his son Fawaz have been missing since February, in the custody of the Yemeni authorities.

Authorities had detained Hassan and Fawaz Baoum three previous times since 2007 on charges that included planning illegal demonstrations and instigating riots. (Read on …)

What to expect from Yemen’s Saleh in Nehm, Updated

Filed under: Presidency, Sana'a, Tribes, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 3:19 pm on Friday, May 27, 2011

Saleh will likely approach the conflict with tribesmen in Nehm the same way he did in Saada, by committing massive human rights violations in order to pressure the fighters.

During the Saada War, 2004-2010, Saleh bombed civilian refugees, villages and hospitals. The state systematically blocked food, gas and medical supplies as a matter of policy. The state refused permission to international aid organizations to treat wounded civilians (not to mention Houthis).

Journalists were banned from the region for five years and punished when they wrote about the conflict. Saleh redeployed US trained counter-terror units to the region and used US supplied equipment in the conflict.

Internal refugees were about 56,000 in 2005 and grew to over 300,000 by 2009. The few UN refugee camps established were so poorly stocked that infants died of malnutrition within the camps. However the vast majority of refugees sheltered in the mountains or fields or with relatives. Child malnutrition in Saada remains well over the national average of 50%.

Saleh operated with complete impunity and little criticism from the US, under both Bush and Obama, even though he was deploying al Qaeda fighters, because he was the only game in town. As it feigned ignorance of the slaughter, the US’s primary concern in Yemen was and remains counter-terrorism. Somewhere around 2009, the EU and UN began making some noise.

The Saada War was not a civil war. Human Rights Watch said the state’s actions warranted an international inquiry into violations of international law, specifically collective punishment of the civilian population.

Saleh really is a butcher as Sadiq al Ahmar said. While many circumstances are different in the current situation, that basic fact is not.

Update: 120 homes destroyed in Nehm. In Yemen, extended families live together and a minimum of ten per home is realistic. Then nearly 1500 are displaced by one day of Saleh’s wrath. The other predictable factor in this conflict is that the tribesmen are the better fighters although under-equipped. They seized nine tanks and three helicopters in one day. Thats how the Houthis got most of their weapons–from the state.

Yemen Post Local in Nehm said that the government was attacking the villages with Meg 29 warplanes. Nehm tribal leader Sheikh Saleh Najeed said that the government forces have until now destroyed more than 120 homes in Nehm with the air attacks.
He said that two of the military bombers landed in villages of Nehm and refused to attack the tribes. The planes are now in the control of the Nehm tribes and the soldiers who were aboard the helicpters are now with the tribes. They are in total 24 soldiers in total.
The death toll from Nehm tribes is 18, while more than 65 are injured.
Tribes confirmed that they have taken 9 tanks from the republican guards.

Saleh’s forces attack Sadiq al Ahmar’s home, many updates incl Hashid tribesmen flood in to Sanaa, JMP at house, timeline

Filed under: Sana'a, Security Forces, Transition, Tribes, Yemen, political violence, protest statements, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 8:22 am on Monday, May 23, 2011

Last update: Tribal mediation succeeded in ending the clashes. Saleh’s mediators were Sanhan Sheikh, Ahmad abu Horia and the Ghalib Al-Qamish, the head of the Political Security.

al Sahwa reports that heavy clashes using a variety of weapons have been raging in the vicinity of Sheikh Sadeq al-Ahmar’s house in Hasaba, Sana’a between Saleh’s militia, Republican Guards, Central Security and Sadeq’s guards for at least 2 hours as of 9:30am EST. Sadiq is paramount sheik of the Hasid tribal confederation, and in theory is Saleh’s sheik since Abdullah al Ahmar died. Update: the sides were CF and RG vs. Sadiq guards (Hashid tribesmen) and some military forces from Ali Mohsen al Ahmar.

Yemen Post reports 18 dead: Clashes started at 1pm local time when armed gunmen backed by central security forces attacked the residence of Yemen’s powerful Hashid tribe leader, Sheikh Sadeq Abdullah Ahmar eyewitnesses said. At least 100 gunmen have been shooting directly at the residence for hours now…

Headquarters for Yemenia airways in Sana’a caught on fire after tens of armed gunmen shot directly at the building, eyewitnesses said. In addition, tens of live bullets are being shot at Saba News Agency and dozens of employees are surrounded inside the building…Eyewitnesses and confirmed sources said that Ahmar tribes have seized the Commerce and trade Ministry building in Sana’a.

I believe the SABA building and likely Yemenia are being used by the CS to shoot from, which is why they are being shot at; its not an attack on the state media per se. Its going on for more than four hours already.

Updates: -Saleh attacked with the Najda (Emergency Police) as well as elements of Central Security and Republican Guards and hired mercenaries. – RPGs fired at Interior Ministry. -Salehs forces withdrew but its not fully over. -Injured includes a child - Video here -YPost: Hashed tribes seize the ruling GPC headquarters in Sana’a and Ministry of Trade and Commerce & 600 armed Ahmar tribesmen -road to the US embassy still blocked by armed GPC members

Timeline from a friend:

Republican Guard(RG) & CSF units attacked sh.Sadeq’s house at 1:12pm local time at the time leaders from the JMP were inside the house, sh. Sadeq was not.
at 3:00 pm the entire area was secured by sh.Sadeq’s men
the Al-Saeeda Airlines building fifth floor was in flames.
the RG are sending reinforcements to secure the ministry of interior which is now in flames.
At 5:00pm the Sh’s men have secured the building of the GPC head quarters, Ministry of trade, Saba news agency and were advancing towards the ministry of telecommunication.
at 5:30pm bombardment using Doshka, Tanks, and cannons are heard in the area.
sh. Hameed Al-Ahmer moved the past couple of days from his house in Hadda to the same house.
Sh. Sadeq issued the “Tribal Call” which in effect calls every tribesmen to join him in defending his honor, attacking one’s house is a great dishonor in tribal law.
at 6:30pm new clashed erupted at the entrance to Sanaa at the Azreqaen point as thousands of tribesmen are answering the tribal call are flooding towards Sanaa.

Both sides are a mix of military/security, tribesmen and militia. As long as the state does not attack in Saada, maybe this can wind itself down. There are thousands of troops on the Marib/ al Jawf border, last estimate was over 10,000, eight brigades if that makes sense, maybe divisions. Update: the troops are still in the same locations along the border and road to Sanaa where they have been for more than two months. Fierce clashes are continuing in al Jawf though

Saleh has been storing weapons in schools and government buildings for a week supposedly (including possibly the Ramah girls school). Beyond the military stocks, the state has confiscated a quarter of a million weapons over the last two years in furtherance of the weapons ban. It was never likely he destroyed all of them. I figured he’s resell them; I hope he doesn’t have them stockpiled. The reports of distributing weapons to thugs and GPC members have been consistent and are further augmented by many leaked documents that indicate a nationwide strategy under the direction of the interior ministry.

Update an English round up from AP: (Read on …)

EU condemns and deplores yesterdays events in Yemen

Filed under: Diplomacy, Transition, UK, political violence, protest statements — by Jane Novak at 7:32 am on Monday, May 23, 2011

I wonder if Saleh understands that jeopardizing the lives of the diplomats is a worse breech than not signing?

YP: Council adopted the following conclusions:
“The European Union is following events in Yemen with extreme concern. (Read on …)

Bloody day in Yemen, 1 killed Sanaa and 2 Taiz

Filed under: Sana'a, Taiz, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 1:52 pm on Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Security opens fire on flower carrying protesters marching to the Council of Ministers, one killed. Violence continues in Taiz where two were shot and killed this morning. Many injuries. Update: One killed in Hodeidah, Yemen Post: One protester was killed in Hodieda province in a night attack when central security forces attacked protesters in change square Hodieda, a medical staff in the province said…At least twelve others were injured by live bullets and more than thirty were beat by batons.

Yemen Post: At least a protester was killed and dozens injured when the security forces fired at the protesters who marched on the Council of Ministers in Yemen’s capital Sana’a on Wednesday, coinciding with resuming crackdown on the protesters in Taiz province where two were shot dead this morning.

There were at least nine in critical condition and sources at the field hospital outside Sana’a University said some are dying.

The shooters wore the uniform of the forces of the first armored division to deceive the people, a protester said, adding: ” they fired heavily at us though we held white flowers and walked peacefully.”

Tens of thousands decided to march on the Cabinet headquarters as recently many of the hundreds of thousands at the squares of change and freedom have called for marches on the presidential palaces.

The demonstrators chanted: the people want to march on the presidential palaces.

The casualties came as the authorities have stepped the crackdown on the antigovernment protests in many cities, some of which have been experiencing month-long street sit-ins.

More details from SANAA (Reuters) –

Yemeni security forces killed two protesters and wounded dozens on Wednesday as mass rallies demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh paralyzed two major cities on Wednesday, residents and medics said.

Snipers shot dead two demonstrators in Taiz as unrest running into a third day shut down Yemen’s main industrial city. Dozens were wounded by gunfire, tear gas, and beatings by plainclothes agents wielding bats, medics in Taiz said. (Read on …)

Ali Mohsens’s Child Soldiers, HRW

Filed under: Children, Civil Rights, Diplomacy, Donors, UN, Military, Post Saleh, USA, Yemen, political violence, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 9:28 pm on Friday, April 15, 2011

The Saada Wars were fought by children and the state’s policies of collective punishment targeted children. The kids interviewed had been fighting for years already. The age of maturity in Yemen is 15– by that age many are married, armed, working and chewing qat.

The Obama admin exempted Yemen from legal repercussions for the use of child soldiers.


Yemen: Stop Using Children in Armed Forces
HRW: Child Soldiers Recruited by Army Now Deployed by Opposition

(New York) – Child soldiers recruited by the Yemeni army are now being used by a breakaway unit to protect anti-government protesters, Human Rights Watch said today. The United States and other governments should call for an immediate end to the use of children as soldiers or in other security forces, whether for the Yemeni government or the opposition. (Read on …)

Yemen bans all official travel w/o presidential approval

Filed under: Presidency, Targeting, Yemen, political violence, reconfigurations — by Jane Novak at 2:10 pm on Monday, March 14, 2011

Two officials escaped over the week-end apparently and another reverberation to the disclosure that several of Saleh’s relatives have diplomatic posts at the embassy in DC, article says:

بعد فرار مسئولين.. أوامر عليا تحضر سفر أي مسئول دون الرجوع لمكتب الرئاسة (Read on …)

New slaughter in Yemen: Sanaa University

Filed under: Aden, Janes Articles, Military, Sa'ada, Sana'a, Security Forces, political violence, prisons, protests — by Jane Novak at 7:31 pm on Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Yemen entered the fourth week of anti-regime protests with a late night onslaught of state violence against protesters at Sanaa University who were demanding the resignation of long-ruling president Field Marshall Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The attack began two hours ago when security forces opened fire on the protesters. Early conflicting reports indicate three have head wounds and died or are in very critical condition. Over 30 were wounded by gunfire and another 40 were injured after being beaten with clubs or choking on tear gas.

Several witnesses reported the medical professionals rushing to the scene were stopped by police. At the same time, the protesters appealed for blood donations and medical supplies via twitter stating several people are bleeding out near the gates of the university. Two medics were beaten by state security.

The crowd that gathered today, international Woman’s Day, had a larger number of women and girls than on prior days.

Witnesses said members of the Republican Guard opened fired along with Central Security forces. The Republican Guard is headed by President Saleh’s son Ahmed, and has received US counter-terror training, .The Central Security forces are under the command of President Saleh’s nephew.

The assault began late in the evening, about 11:00 as protesters were mostly hunkered down for the night or trying to set up new tents. Central Security officers were spotted removing their uniforms before entering the university square. The officers had arrived in government vehicles, witnesses report. The situation remains tense as it nears 1:00 am in Sanaa and the wounded have yet to receive treatment.

Widespread protests

The deaths in Sanaa were preceded by fatalities among protesters on Monday in outlying the provinces of Ibb, Aden, Dhamar when state forces opened fire on protesters. In Ibb over 70 were reported injured with bullet wounds at a protest that drew several hundred thousand. Protests have spread as far as Socotra Island. Sanhan, President Saleh’s home village was marked with anti-regime graffiti.

The war torn Saada province saw the resignation of Faris Manna from the ruling GPC party, the latest of over a dozen high profile allies to desert President Saleh. Manna, a long time regime ally, was the state’s mediator to the Houthi rebels. A major weapons dealer, Manaa was sanctioned by the UN in 2010 for smuggling arms to Somalia. Along with Manna, an estimated 300 ruling party officials also resigned leading to what a partisan site called “the emancipation of Saada from the corrupt regime.”

Military deploys in cities

The violence came after a meeting between Saleh and his relative, General Ali Mohsen al Ahmar, perhaps the most powerful man in the military. After the meeting last night, military units were deployed in Sanaa, Taiz and Aden today. Large scale protest were held in 12 provinces.

In Sanna, Al Masdar Online reported the “widespread and unprecedented presence of armored vehicles.” The day’s violence marked the first time soldiers had shot at the protesters in Sanaa. Previously the Saleh regime used paid thugs as deniable proxies as well as members of the security forces including the National Security.

Prison Riot

A riot at Sanaa Central Prison left at least three dead and four injured. Prisoners were chanting anti-government slogans, which led to an assault by guards. Authorities say they shot tear gas and fired over the inmates’ heads and acknowledge one prisoner was killed, but the prisoners report three fatalities and several serious injuries. The prison guards withdrew from the prison and are massed outside the gates along with security forces.

The prisoners have indicated they wished to make a peaceful surrender in a statement that read in part, “Prisoners of the Central Prison in Sana’a appeal to international organizations to intervene and save them from a real massacre which might take place today after guards retake control of the prison.”

Media Manipulation

The Yemeni state-owned ISP blocked al Masdar Online last week, the latest among dozens of independent Yemeni news websites to be blocked within Yemen. Internet access is strictly controlled by the state. Yemen Online was hacked by pro-regime operatives. Dozens of what appear to be government operatives have flooded pro-revolutionary Facebook groups. The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate detailed 53 cases of attacks on journalists including assaults, threats against their children, expulsion and in one case, arson.

“Beating up journalists is a blatant attempt by the authorities to prevent the Yemeni people and the world from witnessing a critical moment in Yemen,” Sarah Leah Whitson, director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa division, said in a statement.

A Reuters report today quoting an individual in Sanaa who “heard” that in Aden southern protesters threatened to burn schools in Mallah and al Mansoura was hotly denied by dozens of residents in those neighborhood when contacted. The residents also pointed out that the state has forced school children to participate in pro-regime rallies for years without parental approval. It is well documented that students who refused were denied sitting for their exams along with other punitive measures.

Yemen’s history of crimes against civilians

The atrocities against protesters that have garnered global attention are a continuation of the pattern of Yemen’s inhumane treatment of its citizens since at least 2005. In 2009, human rights organizations began calling for an investigation into the Sana’a regime’s potential war crimes and crimes against humanity. The military actions during the Sa’ada Wars and with regard to the southern protest movement are well documented but did not draw condemnation from the Obama administration or the EU. Some of these habitual patterns include:

- Punitive denial of medical services to injured civilians

- Arbitrary arrests

- Incommunicado detention

- Shooting unarmed protesters

- Use of deniable proxies including tribesmen to harm citizens

- Shelling residential areas

- Denial of food as policy

- Denial of access by international humanitarian groups to internal refugees

- Targeting journalists and rights activists

- Torture in jail

Jane @ Examiner.com

Anwar Awlaki sentenced in absentia to 10 years

Filed under: Religious, TI: Internal, Trials, UK amb, Yemen, anwar, political violence, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 11:46 am on Sunday, January 23, 2011

The judge said Anwar and his cousin incited the security guard, a member of the security forces, to murder the French engineer.

BBC: A Yemeni court has sentenced a man to death for killing a French contractor near the capital Sanaa last year. The court also sentenced in his absence radical US-born Yemeni Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki to 10 years in jail for aiding the gunman. (Read on …)

Yemen security arrests 8 protesters shouting for Saleh’s overthrow

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Education, political violence — by Jane Novak at 11:33 am on Sunday, January 23, 2011

Yemenat started an English page, excellent news. Click here for photos of the protest and other English language articles.

Yemen security arrests 8 protesters shout for Saleh overthrow,
By Abdullah Al-Qubati, for Yemenat

Sanaa- Hundreds demonstrated Saturday in Sanaa calling for the president Saleh and his regime for step down.

A security crackdown imposed blockade on entrances of the Sanaa university to prevent students stream from move to street rally. (Read on …)

Nasserite Deputy Sultan Alatwani Attacked, Beaten Hospitalized in Yemen

Filed under: Elections, JMP, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 10:26 am on Thursday, December 16, 2010

The state unilaterally passed an election law (in violation of both the 2006 and 2009 agreements with the opposition JMP). On Tuesday riot police were stationed around Freedom Square and the Parliament to thwar an public protests.

Al Sahwa: Senior opposition leader assaulted in Sana’a, 15/12/2010 –

Sahwa Net- Secretary-General of the Nasserite Unionist People’s Organization Sultan al-Atwani was attacked on Wednesday and taken immediately into hospital. (Read on …)

Is a general amnesty what Yemen needs? Updated

Filed under: Janes Articles, Presidency, Reform, political violence, poverty/ hunger — by Jane Novak at 11:31 pm on Thursday, December 9, 2010

International lawyer Adel Al Dhahab diagnosed the central obstacle to reform in Yemen: so many are guilty of serious legal infractions. There is no latitude for reform when the establishment of the rule of law would penalize those who are required to implement it. The structural component that has been missing from all proposed solutions to Yemen’s crises is a general amnesty.

Mr. Al Dhahab is a Yemeni practicing law in Canada with vast experience in civil activism, international law, the intricacies of Yemen’s political affairs and the social and tribal dynamics in Yemen.

Al Dhahab explained in a recent paper, The Missing Step, “What Yemen needs is an amnesty that will pardon all offenders across the board, whether political crime or corruption or tribal offenses. It requires selecting a cut-off date where selected crimes that occurred prior are nullified and crimes that happen after are prosecuted. “

Amnesty is a mechanism endorsed by the UN in exceptional circumstances. It was implemented in Algeria in 2006 and Iraq in February 2008. The concept of amnesty also has a strong basis in Islamic law, a prerequisite in the conservative country. (Read on …)

Al Iman University employees linked to al Ghadeer AQAP terror attack, report Update: al Iman students targeted Taiz governor

Filed under: Hodeidah, Religious, Sa'ada, Saada War, Sana'a, Taiz, Yemen, anwar, political violence, suicide attacks — by Jane Novak at 9:33 am on Monday, December 6, 2010

‎Al Iman is headed by Sheik Abdulmagid al Zindani, a specially listed terrorist and political ally of President Saleh. Anwar al Awlaki was a teacher at al Iman and is a member of AQAP which claimed the suicide attack in a written statement. The Houthis have denied that Badr al Din was killed in the attack and say he died of natural causes the next day. Update: Below the fold is an article from from Naba that I’ve been meaning to post since last week about the arrest of six al Iman students in Taiz (who trained in at a mosque in Hodeidah) for terror related charges including a plot to attack the governor of Taiz and vital installations. One member of the cell was killed 10/25/10 aboard a motorcycle when his bomb exploded prematurely.

‎”Aden Times – Special Monday 06/12/2010 Announced local sources Yemen on Monday implicated members of the University of Islamic Faith and administered by Sheikh Abdul Majeed al Zindani-a prominent cleric in Yemen- in the assassination of the spiritual leader Badr Eddin al, who had already announced Houthis his death in November 24 (November) last year. The Yemeni police detained a number of employees of the Islamic University, which take from the capital of Yemen, Sana’a based on suspicion of carrying out the assassination of those. (Read on …)

South Yemen: Protests in Radfan, Lauder, Shabwa and Hadramout

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Hadramout, Lahj, South Yemen, political violence, shabwa — by Jane Novak at 12:06 pm on Thursday, December 2, 2010

The widespread civil unrest was triggered by multiple arrests, see list of 90 in Aden below. The most high profile detainee currently is Hassan Baoum, who returned from China several months ago to great celebrations. A general strike was held in Mukallah. From Aden News Agency:

Several protests were organized in southern Yemen by the Southern Movement on the Southern Prisoner’s Day that is staged on Thursdays to demand the release of Southern Movement leaders and activists in local jails and others in the Yemeni capital (Sana’a.) (Read on …)

TAJ (London) appeals for 90 activists detained in Aden

Filed under: Aden, Civil Rights, Judicial, South Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 2:08 pm on Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Southern Democratic Assembly (TAJ), appeal to all the countries of the free world, the Arab League, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and the UN Security Council and all international and humanitarian organizations concerned with human rights to act urgently against the practice of the Yemeni Authority and the siege imposed on cities and villages of South Arabia, and especially in the Capital Aden.
(Read on …)

Saudi doctor abducted in Sa’ada, Update: AQAP demanding release of Hussain al Tais, Update: Dr. released as Ali Mohsen intervenes

Filed under: 9 hostages, Al-Qaeda, Medical, Sa'ada, Saudi Arabia, abu jubarah, hostages, political violence — by Jane Novak at 10:17 am on Monday, November 29, 2010

Summary: The Houthis captured AQAP operatives and Dammaj “students” -perhaps teachers- Hussain al-Tais and Mashhour al Ahdel in al Jawf in August. Al Tais, a former Gitmo detainee, was active in Saada, associated with General Ali Mohsen and Ammar al Waeli and thought to be involved with the kidnapping of the Germans in June 09. The rebels turned the two over to the security forces. AQAP then kidnapped the deputy director of the PSO in Saada, Ali Hosam, and issued a deadline for al Tais’s release. There was no further news on al Hosam. The two suicide attacks this week on the Houthis are thought to be in retaliation for al Tais’s capture. Yesterday AQAP kidnapped the head of the hospital in Saada to bargain for al-Tais’s release. They took him to the Wadi Abu Jubarah al Qaeda training camp. Ali Mohsen negotiated successfully with the AQAP kidnappers for the doctor’s release, based on a promise of the prisoners’ release, according to al Eshteraki and Yemen Online. Or possibly blacklisted weapons dealer Fares Manna did the negotiating, according to AFP via al Sahwa:

“Dhafer al-Shihri was freed after mediation led by a tribal chief, Sheikh Fares Mannaa,” the source told AFP, on condition of anonymity. He said the kidnappers who seized the doctor on Sunday had agreed to the release after a pledge that one of the jailed men, Abdullah al-Dibai, held for more than a year on charges of belonging to Al-Qaeda, would be freed…

“The kidnappers drove the hostage to the region of Wadi al-Ghabara,” 70 kilometres (40 miles) north of Saada, a local official who asked not to be identified told AFP. They had demanded the release of nine members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) imprisoned in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

“Among them are Saleh al-Tyss (ed- a/k/a Hussain al Tais) and Abdullah al-Ahdal (ed- a/k/a Mashhour al Ahdal per an earlier AQAP statement), two leaders of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula held in Yemen, and Saleh al-Shihri, another AQAP leader jailed in Saudi Arabia,” the local official added….

Tension has been rife between the Shiite rebels and AQAP in northern Yemen since the rebels detained five Al-Qaeda members whom they handed over to Yemeni authorities over the past two weeks.

Also the doctor in an interview after his release reports seeing three other kidnapped Yemenis, including a military officer, so that’s a hopeful indication of the fate of kidnapped PSO Commander Hosam.

(Read on …)

Yemen arrests three year old Sabri Suhaibi in Habilayn, spurring protests which trigger bombing, Update: baby released from jail

Filed under: Children, Civil Rights, Lahj, South Yemen, War Crimes, political violence — by Jane Novak at 2:58 pm on Saturday, November 27, 2010

Update: the baby was released from prison after 24 hours. Prison conditions in Yemen are truly horrific. Another young detainee is 15 year old Moataz Alasiaii.

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Sabri Ahmed Mohsen Suhaibi, three years old, was arrested along with his father on Saturday in the city of Habilayn, Lahj. Aden FM reports his fifty year old father pleaded, “Take me and leave him.”

Local reports indicate “Habilayn was bombed with light and heavy weapons and aircraft flying in the sky of the city today after a protest against the arrest of one of the citizens named Mohsen Suhaibi, a citizen 50 years and his son, child 3 years old. Mohsen Suhaibi does not recognize the authority of the occupation regime.”

For God’s sake, get this child out of jail. Furthermore, it was a perfectly legitimate protest. Who wouldn’t protest the arrest of a three year old? And in response to the demonstration, the military attacks the city, instead of releasing the kid. Next they will call him al Qaeda. Beyond the immorality and inhumanity of arresting a child to torture the parent, the act is surely against international law.

Update: The Yemen Post reports on the arrests and ensuing clashes:

Fierce clashes erupted between the military camp stationing in downtown Al-Habilain in Lahj Province and gunmen in which light and medium weapons were used…The fighting started after soldiers arrested a separatist activist, Muhsen Al-Suhaibi, 43, from Yafi’a, the sources said, adding that the arrest took place while on his way back after he drove his kids to school.

Also lets take a look at this, the PSO torturing imprisoned democracy activists with electric batons in Hadramout:

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Local sources said on Friday that the Yemeni occupation forces proceeded to torture ثلاثة من نشطاء الحراك الجنوبي السلمي في وادي حضرموت خلال احتجازهم Three of the southern movement of peaceful activists in Wadi Hadhramaut during their detention بسجن الامن السياسي بسيؤن. Political Security Prison Bsiwn. (Read on …)

Three oppositionists face death penalty for pre-electoral violence

Filed under: Elections, Islah, Presidency, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:58 am on Sunday, November 21, 2010

THREE MEN AT IMMINENT RISK OF EXECUTION
Three men in Yemen had their death sentences sent to the President for ratification in mid-October. If the sentences are ratified by the President, they could be executed at any time.

Amnesty International: The three men, Shaikh Khalid Nahshal, Mabkhout ‘Ali Nahshal and Abduh Muhammad Nahshal, were among 32 people charged in connection with the killing of at least one government official in the district of Khayran in northern Yemen in September 2006. This happened following a dispute over the local and presidential elections and an exchange of fire between a group of armed men and the government official in charge of Khayran. In 2007 six of the defendants were sentenced to death, but three had their sentences commuted to prison terms in June 2009, following an appeal. The remaining 26 received prison sentences. In January 2010, Shaikh Khalid Nahshal, Mabkhout ‘Ali Nahshal and Abduh Muhammad Nahshal had their death sentences upheld by the Supreme Court.

Security Forces Torture One of the Al Jasheen with Electricity

Filed under: Civil Rights, Ibb, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 3:47 pm on Monday, November 1, 2010

Video of the victim’s testimony here.

Ahmed Saif Hashed website: On Tuesday Oct 21th 2010 , a peaceful rally held by Alga’ashin displaced people in front of the Sana’a-based Algumhuri Hospital was suppressed by security forces. Most of the participants in the rally were arrested, including Fuad Ahmed Naji; one of Alga’ashin’s displaced, who was moved to Alnasr police station, having been beated by those forces. He was also tortured by electricity and live cigarettes by group of the soldiers, taken to hospital after a deteriorated health. (Read on …)

Assassination Attempt on Southern Leader Fails

Filed under: Lahj, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:42 am on Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Yemen Post: A leader in the southern movement, Mohsin Al-Twairah, narrowly escaped an apparent assassination attempt in the southern of Yemen on Saturday after a hidden “sticky” bomb exploded underneath their parked, Toyota, villagers told the Yemen Post.

The car exploded in a pillar of flame and was destroyed. No one was injured in the attack.

I received a call just three minutes before it exploded, and the bomb may have been triggered by remote control,” Villagers cited Al-Twairah as saying.

The explosion happened just after 1: am Saturday in the car park close to a residential area of Jabal Al-Raidah of Halmeen district in Lahj province, the sources said.

An assassination plot on Yemeni President Saleh?

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Presidency, TI: Internal, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 10:57 am on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

There indications that there is some plot afoot to assassinate President Saleh and his son, Ahmed. This would explain Saleh’s renewed interest in bombing al Qaeda. US officials notified Saleh in the summer of 2009 that there was some intel about AQAP plans to target the top of the regime. The only way the assassination of Saleh would benefit AQAP is if the replacement is even more amenable to them, for example General Ali Mohsen al Ahmar, who is Ahmed’s rival to the throne and who would enable the further entrenchment of an al Qaeda state. The charges against Abdulelah the journalist are entirely unsubstantiated, and include being part of this plot to assassinate Saleh and Ahmed, which may indicate that the plot, if it exists, is coming out of al Wahishi’s faction.

Sahwa NetJournalist Abdul-Elah Haidar who was arrested by the Yemeni authorities on August is to be referred to the Specialized Penal Court on Wednesday. The lawyer of Haidar, Abdul-Rahman Barman, said Hiadar was accused of provocation for the killing of President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his son, Ahmed, and belonging to an armed sabotage gang of al-Qaeda.

CNN, 12/09: “Solid intelligence” from U.S. and Yemen services finally persuaded Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh last summer to accept increased help in fighting al Qaeda in his country, a senior U.S. official told CNN.
After years of pressure from the United States to crack down on al Qaeda in Yemen, Saleh was persuaded to accept help after he was presented with intelligence that al Qaeda “was targeting inner-circle Yemeni leaders,” and that there was a growing number of terrorist training camps in Yemen, the official said.

Shabwa governor’s convoy ambushed, Update: Regime blames Nuba

Filed under: 3 security, Security Forces, Yemen, political violence, shabwa — by Jane Novak at 1:39 pm on Thursday, September 30, 2010

Update: Regime blames General Nassir al Nuba, after he refused a wedding invitation… Otay. So the al Qaeda spree is over or never was and now its the southerners who are making the attacks? Tomorrow it will be al Qaeda again.

The Interior Ministry said that the Yemeni military campaign of twenty armed men surrounded the shipsets elements of al Qaeda in Icbm Shabwa province (south-east Yemen) against the background of the attack, which targeted the convoy of governor of the province on Wednesday ..

According to the information center security that among the items that targeted the convoy of the governor, Brigadier Nasser Al-Nuba and Ahmed Atef, and that they were among the who fired on a convoy of cars carrying the governor of the province Shabwah and Major General Mohammed Salem Cotton Deputy Reese of Staff for Manpower and a number of military figures and government in the province, which led to the martyrdom of one of the soldiers and wounding 8 others injured in different .. (Read on …)

Renewed clashes in Lauder, Abyan, Yemen

Filed under: Abyan, South Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 2:51 pm on Sunday, September 5, 2010

Aden News Agency:

Armed clashes renewed in the southwestern outskirts of the town of Lauder, between unidentified gunmen and military units belonging to the occupation forces. Local residents, in Lauder said to “Aden news agency that” armed clashes took place at the dawn at 2.00am on Sunday in the vicinity of the power station and army post near Zara town, west of the town of Lauder.

At the time of writing the news, the clashes are still ongoing and it did not know whether they have resulted in casualties. The clash came at dawn today after days of relative calm in the city, despite a state of siege imposed by the occupation authorities in the town since more than two weeks.

Fourth bombing campaign launched in al Habaylean after Clashes

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Lahj, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 2:37 pm on Sunday, September 5, 2010

According to local reports 8 people killed (2 of citizens and 6 of the army + 6 wounded with minor injuries) and the continued shelling in Alhabaylin. There’s no excuse of al Qaeda in Habalyean, although Im sure the regime will fabricate one.

Yemen Post Two were killed, one soldier, and seven others injured in the clashes that erupted early today between the security forces and armed people, believed to be separatists, in Yemen’s Southern Lahj Province.
(Read on …)

Five political prisoners in Dhalie

Filed under: Aden, Lahj, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 3:42 pm on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

In our Regional this address the issue of five young detainees from the Dali in the central prison in Mansoura Aden in the capital are:
1-Sayyaf Saleh Nasser Almoaker
2 – Alaa Seif al-jaoof
3 – Mohmmad Ali al-Obeidi
4 – Ali Mohsen Ali al-Hassani
5 – Nadhm Alobjar‬
Had been held nearly seven months in the city of Dalia, then deported to the capital of Aden, kept in the central prison was supposed to have been all of the various kinds of torture and forced many of them to sign the papers and records of achievement fake was referred for investigation to the prosecution and the charges of maliciously false, ensuring that a number of lawyers members of the Yemeni Observatory for Human Rights to defend them, lawyers Salam Jehafi Yahya Alsaglde, two lawyers, who remain seized of the case, said lawyer Abdul Salam Ahudaani for “Forum Juhav” earlier that the case file is available from the Attorney General in Aden, and that they (ie lawyers) seeking to launch the release of five detainees without trial by the decision of the presidential pardon and promises of release may be obtained. We contacted them where they live behind prison walls, and find them waiting for the moment of departure and return to their families and relatives

Freedom for Political Prisoner Walid Sharafuddin, Video English Version

Filed under: Saada War, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:49 pm on Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Walid Sharafuddin is a political prisoner in Yemen whose wife was beaten during a peaceful protest in his favor, story here with photos. The following is a plea for the release of Walid in the spirit of Ramadan.

Yemeni Journalists Syndicate Denounces Repeated Targeting of Khalid Dhala

Filed under: Media, Sana'a, Yemen, Yemen-Journalists, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:06 pm on Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The regime is getting lazy lately and running over journalists instead of going through the motions of a bogus trial.

Sahwa Net- The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate has denounced repeated violations and abused practiced against journalist Khalid Dhala’. In a statement, it said that these violations increased and became targeting openly his life as he was subjected to a car crash on 13 July 2010. The statement demanded security forces to protect Dala’a, immediately arrest the criminals and bring them to justice

Press release

Jurist information center condemns abuses against journalists, the latest of which was a journalist Khaled Mohsen Dlaq from the threat of his life and he was run over a car driven by unknown persons in the center of the capital Sanaa, which led to suffering a serious injury in parts of his body and was evacuated to hospital in time, which condemns the information center have been exposed jurist journalist Khaled Dlaq it at the same time demanding the Interior Ministry quickly prosecution of offenders and finding them and bring them to justice to receive their just punishment

Issued by the Information Centre jurist Sana
7-8-20010

Qurashi Succumbed to Headshot, Assassinated after Return to Yemen from Exile in Syria at Presidential Invitation

Filed under: Sana'a, Syria, political violence — by Jane Novak at 12:16 pm on Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Brandon Sun SAN’A, Yemen – A Yemeni opposition member shot in the head after returning from 32 years in exile died Wednesday from his wounds, his son said. Abdel-Raqib al-Qershi fled from Yemen in 1978 after he and his family were accused of leading a rebellion against the government and killing tribal leaders…Al-Qershi’s son, Awad, said his father had returned to San’a in May following an offer of amnesty from the country’s president. A month later, he was shot in the head as he walked out of a local mosque with his sons. The authorities named three suspects in the assassination attempt, but none have been arrested. After an emergency operation in Yemen, Al-Qershi was flown to Syria for further medical treatment where he died.

Original Post: President Saleh invited Abdalrguib Qurashi who was in exile in Syria for 30 years, to return to Yemen under his protection. Last month, Qurashi was shot in the head after returning from prayers in Sana’a, fell into a coma, was transferred to Syria for medical treatment and died today. Qurashi was a leader in the Nasserite party involved in a 1978 assassination attempt on Saleh. Many were killed and periodically the party asks for the location of the graves. (Read on …)

Prisoner Dies in Police Custody in Aden Triggering Protests

Filed under: Aden, Counter-terror, South Yemen, Yemen, attacks, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:47 pm on Saturday, June 26, 2010

This appears to be the sequence of events: the storming of jail in Aden; round-up of suspected al-Qaida; protests; arrests; one dies in from an “asthma attack”; more protests. The people were not protesting the arrests of al-Qaeda suspects as the official media is suggesting. The southerners believe (true or not) the hunt for al-Qa’ida in Aden is a pretense in order to conduct security operations against secessionists. The assault on the jail may go back to some land theft scheme where al Qamish was cut out or that may just be an incidental side story. Its not al-Qaida’s first assault on the regime reflecting a new level of hostility as some suggest.

The National: Clashes renewed between the police and armed gangs after Friday prayers in Al-Saadah quarter in Yemen’s business capital of Aden, independent sources said.

Today’s confrontations were triggered by the death of a prisoner who was arrested when people took to streets on Thursday to protest mass arrests after Saturday’s deadly terrorist attack on the political security office in the province.

The cause of the death remained unclear.

Ahmed Al-Darwish was among about 9 people arrested in connection with the attack that the authorities said bore the hallmarks of Al-Qaeda.

Some reports noted that more than 20 arrests took place when police raided homes and carried out mass arrests in Al-Saadah and Alnasr quarters in Khour Maksar district known as hotbeds of armed outlaws and suspected terrorists.

Most of the arrested were suspected Al-Qaeda operatives, according to security sources. The raids triggered clashes between armed gangs and the police.

On Saturday, gunmen broke into the office in Al-Towahi city shooting bullets and detonating bombs at guards and civilians. Seven soldiers, three women and a child were killed and 15 others were injured.

A day later, the authorities said the mastermind of the attack had been arrested. He was identified as Ghawdal Muhammad Saleh Naji, who the authorities said was a terrorist.

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry ordered the security forces to stay on heightened alert to face possible attacks and watch the southern coastline to prevent terrorists from infiltrating into the country.

Amran Tribesmen Demand Payment for Service in Sa’ada War

Filed under: Amran, Economic, Military, Saada War, Tribes, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 10:56 pm on Thursday, June 24, 2010

The tribal paramilitary hasn’t been paid, violence ensues. I believe this happened in the last wars as well, likely the money got pocketed if it was paid at all.

Yemen Post: An army officer has been killed and three soldiers and unidentified number of tribesmen injured in the clashes that are still continuing between the army and tribes in Al-Ashah district in Amran Province. (Read on …)

Yemeni political leader survives assassination attempt

Filed under: PFU, Political Parties, Security Forces, land disputes, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:24 pm on Sunday, June 13, 2010

Yemeni Political Leader exposed to drive by assassination attempt
by Abdullah A. Qaid, for Armies of Liberation

Sana’a, 14 June- Mr. Hassan Mohammed Zeid, the Secretary-General of Al-Haq, a Yemeni opposition party, said today he escaped an assassination attempt by 4 persons. The drive-by shooing occurred in the al-Jooraf quarter of Sana’a.

Zeid was targeted by a hail of bullets from two cars with official license plates. One was numbered 4760-Army and the other 212-Government, Zeid stated in a press release.

Earlier political violence against Mr. Zeid included an assault on his land in al-Jooraf. Police were forbidden from intervening in an attempt to prevent the abuse, the release added.

Zeid accused the Yemeni authorities of being responsible for the assassination attempt.

The al-Haq Party denounced the assassination attempt on its Secretary-General, confirmed the authorities’ responsibility for protecting Zeid’s life and demanded that perpetrators to be brought to the justice.

Yemeni President’s Convoy Ambushed

Filed under: Lahj, Presidency, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:05 pm on Saturday, May 15, 2010

President Saleh wasn’t in the car but Deputy PM for Defense and Security Rashad Mohammed al Alimi was. Al Qaeda or the southerners is the question. The paper is following the lead of the Yemeni government in pinning it on the southerners, and beyond assassinating several security officers, al Qaeda hasn’t targeted any Yemeni officials, ever.

Xinhuanet: Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister for Defense and Security Rashad al-Alami survived an ambush by gunmen of separatist movement in the southern restive province of Lahj on Saturday, security officials said.

“Two security escorts were killed and another four were seriously wounded when they returned fire against the armed attackers,” an official of the Interior Ministry told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

According to the official, the accident took place Saturday afternoon in al-Habilain town in the province of Lahj, as the official convoy was traveling from the southern port city Aden to Sanaa.

(Read on …)

UN Calls for Yemen to Investigate Allegations of Torture

Filed under: Civil Rights, Donors, UN, Yemen, political violence, prisons — by Jane Novak at 1:26 pm on Saturday, May 15, 2010

Aha, we are still waiting for Yemen to investigate itself on several issues including the September 2009 airstrikes that killed 87 civilian refugees sheltering in a field.

(Reuters) – The United Nations torture watchdog urged Syria, Yemen and Jordan Friday to investigate what it called numerous and credible allegations that their police and prison authorities routinely tortured detainees. Its 10 independent experts also voiced concern at “honor” crimes by family members in Syria and Jordan which go unpunished and violence against women and children in Yemen. (Read on …)

Two dead in Taiz, Yemen

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Taiz, Water, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:54 am on Monday, May 10, 2010

The story that has everything: influential people deploying the army for political purposes, tribal conflict over water, the state bombing a village and utterly incompetent management. Water is another corrupt enterprise in Yemen. Also the Political Security director in Aden died of his wounds sustained in a bombing- actually a police officer. France 24

AFP – Two Yemenis, including a police officer, were killed and seven others wounded in clashes between security forces and locals over digging a well in a village south of Sanaa, local tribesmen said Friday.

Clashes erupted on Wednesday between the army and police, on one side, and locals on the other, in the village of Mikhlaf, in the province of Taiz. Sultan al-Mikhlafi, a local tribal chief told AFP the fighting was a result of a “military expedition sent by local authorities to the area to prevent the digging of a well for potable water…which has already been authorised” and is intended for public use.

“The forces shelled more than six houses,” he said, adding that the civilian Abdul Qawi Ali Hamid was killed by a shell that hit his house on Thursday. Mikhlafi accused “powerful people in the area with links to the governor” of being behind the military campaign to stop the work on digging the well.

Houthis Condemn Regime Attempt to Assassinate Opposition Leader

Filed under: JMP, Security Forces, Targeting, political violence   — by Jane Novak at 8:29 am on Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Its a rouge regime, in addition to all the war crimes and systemic human rights violations. There is no way to incrementally push Saleh back to the light. What a political embarrassment it would have been for Yemen’s allies if the attempt succeeded. And the Houthis are correct, that’s the standard way Saleh deals with his opponents.

Palestinian Telegraph: Sana’a, Yemen, May 5, 2010 (Pal Telegraph, by Anwar Al-Shoaybi) – The AL-Houthi rebel group has denounced the assassinations attempts by gunmen against a prominent Yemeni opposition leader as a “serious crime”.

“The crime stresses our argument that the regime is seeking to liquidate all those opposing it even in terms of holding different opinion,” Mohammed Abdul Salam, the group’s spokesman, told reporters Wednesday.

“Broadly Speaking, we don’t rule out that a military campaign might be conducted against our brothers affiliated with the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), and that they might be assaulted, called traitors, and their rights confiscated just the way the regime used to deal with us, as it (the regime) doesn’t want anyone opposing it, even with respect to opinion,” said Abdul Salam. (Read on …)

Sadiq al Ahmar Calls UK Ambassador’s Bombing “Political”

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Tribes, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 3:10 pm on Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Update: News Yemen reports that British investigators arrived in Sana’a, and the father of the bomber says its his other son that is studying in the UK, and that he notified security when his son when missing.

Original post: Wow that’s huge, not because its true- and it is likely true that it was a political act- but because Saddiq is saying it.

al Tagheer: “Sheikh Al Ahmar warned from deteriorating conditions during his meeting with heads of tribes. Security situation is worse,saying what happened to Dr. Abd Al wahab Mahmood and the British ambassador in Sanaa is a good example of that’s. Al Ahmar regrets what happened since there is security department and political security and have soldiers represent 10% of nation.

Al Ahmar wondered by asking: How Yemeni government and security could discover the ID of the bomber in two hours inspire the Yemeni gov has no lab to reach the DNA? Adding sarcastically : “ only if the bomber had been sent by politic security.

Politics motivation is behind the two incidents (the attempted murder of the British Ambassador and the shooting at the head of the JMP).

(Read on …)

Attempted Assassination of JMP Leader Draws Condemnation from JMP

Filed under: JMP, Security Forces, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 2:49 pm on Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Abdul-Wahab Mahmoud got shot at in his car, last week I think it was. I think it may have been more of a message than an actual attempt to kill him; they couldn’t just send an email, they sent a guy with a gun to get the point across. The pressure on the opposition leaders is very great, and the leadership vacuum is no accident, but the country, or at least the population, is on the very brink of catastrophe.

Sahwa Net – Yemeni politicians have described the attack the Joint Meeting Parties chairman, Abdul-Wahab Mahmoud as a dangerous indication towards democracy future and bears messages of moving toward repressing of the opposition parties. (Read on …)

South Yemen unrest an internal affair US says, Saleh launches tank assault

Filed under: Presidency, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:18 am on Wednesday, March 10, 2010

03/03/10 News Yemen: The visiting US Department of State Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, said in an interview to official al-Thawra on Wednesday, the crisis in southern Yemen is a Yemeni internal affair, but he said issues behind the crisis should be solved.

Immediately afterward, Yemen cut the phone lines and launched an assault in the south that included night time raids of activists, arrests, and military assaults on Dhalie and other locations with tanks and armored vehicles. As the tanks are firing, Saleh invites the southerners to dialog, while the GPC pushes the line that whole thing is the JMP’s fault: “well-known leaderships in the JMP manage the action of those stray forces and deal with them as the military wing of the opposition.”

(Read on …)

Rights Activist al Wazir Sentenced to Eight Years in Jail

Filed under: Civil Rights, Judicial, Media, Yemen, Yemen's Lies, political violence — by Jane Novak at 2:14 pm on Sunday, February 21, 2010

This case is a snap shot of the brutal tactics of Yemeni government in suppressing popular efforts to create a better Yemen. Al Wazir was kidnapped, held incommunicado, tortured, charged with bogus allegations, given an unfair trial and sentenced to eight years. Twenty-five rights organization are expressing full solidarity with al Wazir and demanding his release.

IFEX: – 4 February 2010 – The undersigned organizations wish to express their grave concern about the worrisome deterioration of the state of human rights in Yemen. The Yemeni authorities are increasingly taking retaliatory measures against human rights defenders who have the courage to expose human rights abuses in the country, both those occurring in the context of the war in Saada in the north and those accompanying the repression of social and political ferment in the south.

The undersigned organizations condemn in particular the unfair prosecution of rights defender Yasser al-Wazir, a member of the Yemeni Organization for the Defense of Rights and Democratic Freedoms, who just a few days ago was sentenced to eight years in prison. This wrongful punishment is only the most recent of a string of abuses targeting al-Wazir – abuses closely related to his activities as a rights activist and the role his organization plays in documenting abuses related to the war in Saada, where members of the Zaidi confession, who constitute a majority of the population in Saada, have been exposed to all manner of collective punishment, discrimination, and repression because of their faith.

Yasser al-Wazir was abducted more than 18 months ago by the political police. For more than three months, his whereabouts were unknown and he was denied family visits. It is believed that he was tortured and spent long stretches of time in solitary confinement during this period. Al-Wazir remained detained without charge until two months ago, when the authorities referred him to trial on trumped-up charges, including charges of forming an armed group, although al-Wazir was never questioned about this accusation.

His trial was conducted in semi-secret conditions, in closed sessions, and al-Wazir was not informed about the trial dates. His attorney did not attend the trial, which was conducted before the Special Criminal Court, a state security court whose constitutionality is questionable. Defendants in this court are not given the procedural and legal rights that guarantee due process and a fair trial.

The undersigned organizations express their full solidarity with Yasser al-Wazir and all members of the human rights movement in Yemen, which is currently working amid an atmosphere of fear in which the authorities are blocking all avenues of peaceful expression and silencing voices critical of the catastrophic policies of the Yemeni regime, which threaten to completely tear apart what remains of the central state structure. (Read on …)

Saleh’s Trail of Blood Dates Back Years

Filed under: Biographies, Presidency, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:12 pm on Monday, January 18, 2010

Yemeni President Saleh’s conduct of the Sa’ada War rises to the level of war crimes. There are massive and flagrant violations of human rights in the south. But Saleh also has a trail of bodies behind him that’s rather extensive. The list of the assassinations of political opposition, news men, and rivals is almost too long to be documented. This following article gives a glimpse into Field Marshal Saleh’s history and rise to power.

Saleh’s Bloody Background RCW
Apart from Muammar Qadhafi of Libya, Saleh is the Middle East’s longest-serving leader. Now a field marshal by rank, he first came to prominence in 1977 as a thirty-one-year-old major during political turmoil in what was then North Yemen (which united with South Yemen in 1990.) The country’s military leader at the time, Ibrahim al-Hamdi, was assassinated, as was his brother, by unidentified gunmen who riddled their bodies with bullets. An Arab newspaper described it at the time as a well-planned coup, naming Saleh as a conspirator along with his mentor, Lt. Col. Ahmed al-Ghashmi, the deputy commander-in-chief of the army who became North Yemen’s new leader. Al-Ghashmi himself survived an assassination attempt five days after taking power but was subsequently killed in June 1978 when the briefcase of a special envoy from South Yemen exploded in his office. A month later, Saleh was voted into office by the quasi-parliament as president and commander-in-chief; he survived yet another assassination attempt only months later. (Read on …)

Dammaj Students Fighting Houthis For Two Weeks

Filed under: Dammaj, Saada War, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 6:19 pm on Friday, January 1, 2010

From what I can gather, there’s armed combat between Dammaj students and the Houthi rebels. There’s a great influx of students to Dammaj. Some Saudi scholars traveled to the southern border and are “educating” the soldiers, which could mean a number of things.

It became 1431 on December 18. “Raafidah” is an objectionable term that I can reproducing here only to keep the text original, since I’m not hotlinking it.

Timeline of Events in Dammaaj

The following is a brief summary of recent events that have taken place in Dammaaj, one of the few strongholds of the Sunnah and its people. It is taken from a post on sahab mostly by Abu ‘Abdullaah Husayn al Kahlanee. (Read on …)

Anmesty Calls on Yemen to End Widespread Torture

Filed under: Civil Rights, Donors, UN, Targeting, political violence, prisons — by Jane Novak at 3:29 pm on Saturday, November 28, 2009

Its so brutal. Click here for first hand testimony from tortured prisoners.

Amnesty International
PUBLIC STATEMENT
27 November 2009
Index: MDE 31/017/2009

Yemen: Government should announce commitment to tackle ‘widespread’ torture
(Read on …)

UN Expresses Grave Concern about Torture and Abuses in Yemen

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Donors, UN, Judicial, Saada War, South Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 6:52 pm on Friday, November 20, 2009

Excellent. Its all true and worse.

GENEVA, Nov 20 (Reuters) – The United Nations Committee against Torture called on Yemen on Friday to end the widespread torture of detainees and investigate allegations of unlawful killings by its security forces.

It voiced concern at reports of grave violations “committed in the context of (Yemen’s) fight against terrorism”. They included extrajudicial killings, disappearances, mass arrests, indefinite detention without charge or trial, torture, and the deporting of foreigners to states where they may face torture.

Political activists, journalists and rights defenders have been arrested arbitrarily and held incommunicado during fighting between the army and Shi’ite rebels which began in August, the committee said.

The rebels say they suffer religious, economic and social marginalisation and neglect. Their Nov. 3 cross-border raid into Saudi Arabia, the top oil exporter CLc1, has raised concern about the wider impact of instability in Yemen, one of the world’s poorest nations. [ID:nLJ386106]

Allegations of torture in Yemen are seldom investigated or prosecuted and there appears to be “a climate of impunity” for the perpetrators, the U.N. body said.
(Read on …)

One Killed in Southern Yemen

Filed under: Civil Unrest, South Yemen, Yemen, al Dhalie, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:49 pm on Thursday, November 19, 2009

I think it was Dhalie but Im going back through all the things I need to post, so it may take a bit to get to it. (Update: yes it was in Dhalie) Also truck captured and burned in Dhalie. Things are much more violent since al Fahdli and al Beidh joined the movement. I hope rational leaders emerge, since the historical leaders are all involved in personal posturing around the globe. Its quite pathetic.

Reuters:
ADEN, Yemen, Nov 18 (Reuters) – One man was killed and two others wounded in clashes between anti-government gunmen and security forces in southern Yemen where separatist sentiment is strong, a news website reported on Wednesday. (Read on …)

High Security Commission Threatens to Disband Opposition Parties

Filed under: Civil Unrest, JMP, Political Opposition, Political Parties, Yemen, Yemen-Democracy, political violence — by Jane Novak at 3:57 pm on Friday, November 6, 2009

Another fork in the road up ahead, whether or not to continue the democratic experiment. When the Parliamentary elections were “postponed” in 2009, it was clear that there may never be another election again. One root cause of the tensions in Yemen is the declaration of the last presidential election as free and fair by both western observers and the JMP. The opposition traded the right to contest the process and outcome in hope of future reforms. The fragmented JMP was concerned about political violence arising from protests, and they used the moment to extract concessions on electoral reform from the Saleh regime. Many voters felt betrayed by the JMP and the system. And the JMP was prompted and predictably betrayed by Saleh. The targeting of the democracy activists after the election made it clear that no democratic spring was impending. If there is no way to impact the system with ballots, bullets become more attractive. The JMP is ineffective and disconnected from the voter base, and no one on the street may notice if the parties were disbanded. The JMP is being targeted for their statements in support of the principle of political inclusion, for calling for dialog with the Southern Movement (also highly fractured) and the Houthi rebels. The question is, if the existence of the forms of democracy, absent their functioning and the impartial application of the law, is better then a self declared dictatorship. The efforts the regime puts into democratic pretense gives cover to both the goonish shadow government as well as the allies who support them. From Saba News

SANA’A, Nov. 06 (Saba) – The Supreme Security Committee (SSC) has accused Yemeni opposition of involvement with al-Houthi rebellion and separatists in some southern governorates.

A source in the SSC said that the Joint Meeting Parties (JMPs) are engaged publicly in support with the rebels and separatists and justify all their sabotage acts that target the nation’s security and stability.

Amazing how the Yemeni government is unable to distinguish between criticism of tactics and policies and opposition to the political system itself. Just as a note, both Hussain and Yahya al Houthi were members of the GPC, so according to the SSC’s rudimentary logic, the GPC should be the first to be disbanded, which I suggested two years ago.

To follow, an Arabic article from al Masdar Online on the rather colorful SSC statement that the JMP is a “coalition of the devil.” Its Orwellian the way the Yemeni government deploys democratic terminology to do the most undemocratic things possible- as if shuttering al Ayyan, jailing journalists and targeting the opposition parties somehow strengthens the republic instead of just the elite.

اللجنة الأمنية العليا تتهم المشترك بالتورط في تأييد الحوثيين في صعدة والعناصر “الانفصالية” بالجنوب High Security Commission has accused of involvement in the joint support Houthis in Sa’ada and the elements “separatist” in the south
المصدر أونلاين- خاص Source Online – Special

في تطور خطير، وجهت اللجنة الأمنية العليا اتهامات مباشرة وغير مسبوقة لأحزاب اللقاء المشترك بالتورط والضلوع بشكل علني ومكشوف في تأييد ودعم المتمرديـن الحوثيين في صعدة، والعناصر “الانفصالية” في المحافظات الجنوبية. In serious development, the Committee made the supreme security charges direct and unprecedented JMP involvement and involvement in public and openly in favor of and support for the insurgents in Saada, and the elements “separatist” in the southern provinces. (Read on …)

Yemen Skips UN’s Committee Against Torture Review

Filed under: Civil Rights, Donors, UN, Security Forces, Trials, hostages, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:54 pm on Tuesday, November 3, 2009

They were only 10 years late on the first report.

Committee against Torture

The Committee against Torture this morning considered the second periodic report of Yemen on the efforts of that country to give effect to the provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, in the absence of a delegation.

Serving as Rapporteur for the report of Yemen, Committee Expert Nora Sveaass, began by noting that the initial report of Yemen had been considered in 2003, 10 years’ late; that there had never been replies to communications regarding follow-up to the Committee’s concluding observations on that report (although the report before them did undertake to respond to them); and that there had been no reply from Yemen to the Committee’s list of issues, sent to the Government six months ago, despite repeated reminders sent. They were now considering the report of Yemen without a delegation from the State party – a situation that was far from ideal.

Ms. Sveaass observed that the Committee had received reports on a lack of openness and transparency with regard to torture cases in Yemen, in particular a lack of willingness to receive information on allegations of torture, to undertake transparent investigations and to hold perpetrators accountable. According to the information before the Committee, draft laws and security laws were at the heart of that matter. In the course of the anti-terror war many persons had been detained and protests and demonstrations were very seriously met. There was also the issue of the practice of incommunicado detention, which appeared to be upheld under Yemeni law, as well as a number of reports of detentions without charges, or prolonged detentions without trials. Also alarming was that there appeared to be no mechanism to enforce the rights of detainees. A concern included hostage taking – reports that family members were abducted and held to ensure that a person sought would give themselves up.

Yemeni Opposition Spokesman Kidnapped, Beaten, Threatened

Filed under: JMP, Security Forces, political violence — by Jane Novak at 11:19 am on Tuesday, November 3, 2009

This is President Ali Saleh’s version of dialog with the opposition.

News Yemen: The Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), opposition coalition, condemned in a press statement on Sunday the kidnapping and harassment against its spokesperson Naif al-Qanis….Telling the story from the Science and Technology Hospital in the capital Sana’a, the assaulted al-Qanis told Al-Masdar: “Some gunmen kidnapped me to Hamadan district and cruelly hit me and broke my right hand and after that they threw me in the street. A taxi driver found me and took me to hospital.” Al-Qanis said the assailants were beating him and repeat “shut up the Joint Meeting Parties…You are licentious…You go beyond your limit”.

JMP’s al Sa’adi: There is no good will

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Elections, Islah, JMP, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:32 am on Tuesday, September 8, 2009

This is a very interesting interview at the Yemen Post with Mohammed Al-Sa’adi
Assistant Secretary General of Islah Party, and not just because of al Saadi’s charcterization of the official media. At the same time the JMP produced a 90 page document on a national rescue plan:

Abdul Baset Al-Qaedi: The crisis is inflicting the country from its north to south together with an economic crisis, while the opposing Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) passively acts. Are you waiting for the regime’s collapse to be the alternative?

Mohammed Al-Sa’adi: I think you need to reconsider your vision. What is lost in people’s judgment is the objectivity. As a responsible person in JMP, let me tell you that we do bear the national concern. This is evidenced by the national vision proposed by JMP in which the situation of Yemen at different levels is diagnosed and solutions are put forward.

AQ: Some say that JMP is pushing towards complicating the situation in order to be the alternative?
MS: The ruling party is weak. Solutions provided in the past are no more effective. We have selected the best ways through which the peaceful transfer of power can be made including elections. We are trying to follow electoral channels and mechanisms which lead to a peaceful transfer of power. (Read on …)

South Yemen Forum Director, Raed Qasim Ismail, Threatened in the US

Filed under: Civil Rights, USA, Yemen, Yemen-Journalists, political violence — by Jane Novak at 2:03 pm on Saturday, August 22, 2009

raed-qasim-ismail

The Director of South Youth Forums recieved death threats here in the US.

Raed Qasim Ismail is a political activist and director of the forum and website of the South Youth of Aden, Shababshaib, editor of the Algnoub Alhur Magazine.

Mr. Ismail was threatened during telephone calls, emails and messages received from anonymous persons who ordered him to stop his journalistic activities and close down the South Youth website. The callers said “they” knew where he lived in the US, were monitoring his movements and his continued activity would result in harm to himself and his family both here and in Yemen.

Mr. Ismail said said he is accustomed to such threats, adding that there were attempts by unidentified bodies to hack the website several times.

Despite the death threats by email and telephone, Mr. Isamil confirmed that he will continue to exercise his right of free speech, adding that he is not afraid of such threats, and nor will he be deterred from continuing his career with his (Southern Yemeni) people until their independence.

Mr. Ismail is concerned by the threats that were received by his family in Yemen, noting that the Sana’a regime and his men bear the full responsibility for any harm to him or any one of his family members.

The existance of Yemeni intelligence operatives here in the US is well known, and numerous Yemeni-Americans in the US have been threatened by Yemeni operatives for engaging in their legally protected rights of assembly and speech in the US.

Acting as an undeclared agent of a foreign state is illegal.

Aldiaar Newspaper Confiscated in Sana’a

Filed under: Media, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 10:20 am on Thursday, August 6, 2009

al Tagheer: Aldiaar newspaper, a weekly independent newspaper publish in Sanaa, confiscated for publishing news of the South.

Change – SANAA: Yemeni authorities have confiscated all the copies in Sanaa today remaining in the stalls of the number (101) of the civil-Diyar newspaper, said the newspaper’s editor, Abid Almhdhiri for “change” that the seizure of the number of the paper is background material on the issue related to the speech dealt with the extreme contrast an activity known as “the extreme mobility of the South, who is also regarded by enemies of the unit rule of Yemen as well as other substances on the thorny issues boldly,” stressing that it is not the first time in which the paper’s confiscation.

الجدير بالذكر أن صحيفة الديار الأسبوعية كانت احتفلت منذ أسبوع بإصدارها العدد ( 100 ) وهي تحمل 6 قضايا نشر في ظل حضورها الملفت والجريئ في بلاط صاحبة الجلالة . It should be noted that the homes weekly newspaper a week ago was celebrated by issuing number (100) was published in 6 issues, under the bold and striking presence in Her Majesty’s court.

Al Fadhli Welcomes/Invites Al Qaeda to Southern Movement

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Posts, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 6:53 pm on Saturday, August 1, 2009

What a total disaster. You know who I really feel sorry for are the dozens of people already killed, like Wadhah, who were sold out by a bunch of opportunists who prefer to win even if it means sacrificing their principles. But when you sacrifice your principles, you don’t actually win.

That’s likely the end of any hope of international support, and al Qaeda will slowly metastasize yet another valid nationalistic conflict into a fundamentalist quest. Its a shame, the movement was both peaceful and pro-democracy up until the point al Fadhli joined. Its difficult to discount as unrelated al Fadhli’s defection to the opposition and the up tick in violence against northern civilians and the security forces. At least now we have an answer about where he is standing.

The ready acceptance of al Qaeda also points to the erosion of respect for civilian immunity in war and the growing acceptance of violence targeting civilians to achieve political ends. The Yemeni government is overtly targeting civilians both in Sa’ada and in the South. Tribal conflicts often result in injuries to women and children. The Houthi rebels, although they mingle with civilians, don’t target them. Previously, the Southern movement had explicitly rejected violence and denounced terrorism in particular as an attribute of the regime. (Read on …)

Oil Pipelines Targeted

Filed under: Investment, Oil, TI: Internal, Yemen, attacks, political violence — by Jane Novak at 11:47 pm on Sunday, July 26, 2009

UPI: Police in the Khawlan district, east of the capital Sanaa, said they thwarted an attack on a regional oil pipeline. Two suspects were detained on allegations of digging tunnels under the pipeline with the intent of detonating an explosive device by remote control, the Yemen Observer reports.

An attack July 2 that damaged about 525 feet of pipeline in Shabwa bore similar hallmarks as those alleged by the two suspects investigated by Khawlan police. (Read on …)

Yemen- a Country Run by Lunatics- Threatens Opposition Spokeman, Calls for Dialog, Closes Newspapers

Filed under: Civil Rights, JMP, PFU, Presidency, Targeted Individuals, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:23 pm on Sunday, July 19, 2009

I think President Ali Saleh is insane,a delusional dissembling megalomaniac who believes his own lies. Perhaps he’s a “borderline personality.” That would fit, considering his disconnect with reality, the perpetual claims of victimization and his complete failure to take responsibility for the outcome of any of his actions.

al Sahwa – The supreme council of the Joint Meeting Parties condemned what it called “fierce media attacks” and threats against its spokesman Naif al-Qanis.

JMP demanded that authorities to bring repeated media intimidations against its spokesman and Al-Haq party to an end, bringing the authorities responsible for al-Qanis’s safety.

JMP’s supreme council discussed arrests carried out against political activists including Moamad al-Obdil who was arrested Sunday in Aden and Abdul-Rahman al-Sharafi who was arrests on Tuesday on Sana’a, expressing its solidarity with the activists.

al Ayyam Reporter, Anis Monssor, Gets 14/mo in Jail for Reporting News

Filed under: Media, South Yemen, Trials, political violence — by Jane Novak at 11:55 pm on Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Field Marshal President Saleh is going to rip the country apart. The only way he knows how to govern is with force and oppression. The South is going to go wild with this guy in jail.

Even if there was a pardon tomorrow, the damage is already done. Yemen is more of a dictatorship today than it was yesterday. At the same time, the people are less tolerant and blind to the chains. A people who battle for their journalists are on the right track.

Yemen Post: Yemeni court in Lahj governorate sentenced Anis Monssor Hameeda, a journalist, to fourteen months in jail on charge of running anti-unity stories which threaten Yemeni stability and security.

Sources said that Hameeda also was convicted for participating in unauthorized demonstrations, rioting and causing trouble in Lahj governorate. For his part, Hameeda said that verdict is politically motivated one hundred percent.

Hameeda worked as a correspondent of Al-Ayam in Lahj province and other Yemeni news websites. Yemeni Journalist Syndicate warned to issue such verdict that will restrict freedom of speech in the press in the society of Yemen. Eight independent newspapers were prohibited by orders of the Yemeni Ministry of Information.

The government’s special press court was established at the beginning of May to deal exclusively with press-related offenses following the media coverage of the unrest in the south of Yemen.

However, Yemeni forces dispersed on Sunday a rally of 200 people in Aden protesting the suspension of Al-Ayam newspaper which the government accuses of seeking to divide the Arabian peninsula country. About 15 people of the newspaper employees were arrested in the rally.

Ibrahim Motawakil Finally Released

Filed under: Civil Rights, Judicial, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:28 am on Friday, July 3, 2009

Young human rights activist held without charge for over a year was finally released.

News Yemen 30/06/2009
خاص- نيوزيمن: Particular – NewsYemen:

أفرجت الأجهزة الأمنية صباح اليوم عن المعتقل معين المتوكل بعد أكثر من عام ونصف. Released by the security services on Thursday morning arrested a Motawakil after more than a year and a half.
وقالت مصادر مقربة من أسرته لـ(نيوزيمن): أنه تم الإفراج عنه بضمانه حضورية في حال طلبة ، مشيرة بأن الأجهزة الرسمية لم توجه له تهمة محددة لاعتقاله. Sources close to the family of (NewsYemen): It was released in the event held in his presence ensuring the students, noting that official bodies have been brought against him to arrest him on unspecified charges.
أدنت المنظمة اليمنية للدفاع عن الحقوق والحريات الديمقراطية اعتقال عضو المنظمة معين إبراهيم المتوكل يوم أمس الثلاثاء واقتياده إلى مكان مجهول. I condemned the Yemeni Organization for Defending Rights and Democratic Freedoms arrested a member of the organization Motawakil Ibrahim on Tuesday and taken to an unknown location.
وكان اعتقل في شهر مايو 2008 ، أثناء ما كان يقود سيارته أمام جامعة العلوم والتكنولوجيا وبرفقته أخته وزوجته حين اعترضت طريقه سيارتان هيولوكس . He was arrested in May 2008, during what was driving his car in front of the University of Science and Technology, accompanied by his sister and his wife stood in his way when two cars Hulux.
وكانت المنظمة اليمنية طالبت الجهات المعنية بالكشف عن مكان احتجاز الناشط الحقوقي معين المتوكل والإفراج الفوري عنه، كما طالبت جميع المنظمات المحلية والدولية والهيئات المعنية بالتدخل الفوري لوقف مسلسل الانتهاكات المتزايدة بحق نشطاء حقوق الإنسان وبالعديد من المواطنين الأبرياء الذين يتم اعتقالهم بطرق تعسفية تتنافى مع الدستور والقانون اليمني وكل المواثيق الدولية. The organization called on the Yemeni authorities concerned to disclose the whereabouts of detained human rights activist and a Motawakil his immediate release, and called on all local and international organizations and bodies concerned to immediately intervene to stop the cycle of increasing violations of human right activists and many of the rights of innocent citizens who are arbitrarily detained in ways inconsistent with the Constitution and the law of Yemen All international charters.
واعتبرت المنظمة في بيان لها اليوم أن الإفراج يأتي بعد الجهود التي قامت بها ممثلة بالاعتصامات المتواصلة للمنظمة اليمنية بالتنسيق مع أهالي المعتقلين. The Organization in a statement today that the release comes after efforts by the representative of the Organization Balaatsamat continuous coordination with the people of Yemeni detainees.

“Media absent from Yemen’s forgotten war”

Filed under: Media, Saada War, Security Forces, political violence — by Jane Novak at 10:34 pm on Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Great expose on the causes, mechanisms and outcome of media repression in relation to the Sa’ada War from AMS:

Restricting access to information can be as serious a threat to journalism as overt censorship or government persecution. The ongoing insurgency in Yemen’s northern governorate of Sa‘ada is one example of how a state’s attempt to enforce an information blackout has helped hide and sustain a conflict that has festered over four years, killing thousands and leaving a city destroyed, and continuing to stoke fears of a return to violence.

The Sa‘ada governorate, located in Yemen’s mountainous northern region on the border with Saudi Arabia and home to around 750 thousand people, has witnessed stop and go wars since 2004.[1] Precise numbers of the dead and wounded are unknown because no organization, national or international, has been allowed full access to the area to make an independent account of the violence, although most estimates put the death toll well into the thousands. (Read on …)

Opposition Party Leader Suspended in Yemen

Filed under: Islah, Reform, political violence — by Jane Novak at 1:47 pm on Thursday, June 18, 2009

What do we think “suspension” means in this case? Arrested, detained?

Sahwa Net – The Dialogue-preparation Committee recently formed by Yemen’s opposition parties has expressed its deep concern at the suspension of Abdul-Wahab al-Anisi, the Secretary-General of the Islah party, while he was heading to attend a meeting of the Dialogue-Preparation Committee which aims at diagnosing Yemen’s current stalemates and solving them.

Security elements of the Central Security Organization had suspended on Tuesday Abdul-Wahab al-Anisi, the Secretary-General of Yemen’s main opposition party, the Islah.

An official source of the general secretariat of the Islah party strongly denounced the accident, demanding to investigate the security elements and identify the authorities involved in the incident.

The source also considered the event of seizure a form of wrong polices followed up in the governance, stressing that the Islah retains its rights to hold the involved accountable.

Shabwa Tribal Sheik Killed

Filed under: Local gov, Tribes, political violence — by Jane Novak at 5:53 pm on Sunday, June 7, 2009

Tribes’ affair Manager in Shabwa murdered :

YemenOnline.June 5,2009- The people in Shabwa were panic stricken when a person was killed and two others injured, as Mohamed Awadh Fadhl al-Rubaizi, the Manager of the Tribal Affairs and member of the local council in Shabwa was murdered this afternoon. Al-Rubaizi was murdered while he was participating in a local council conference. He was shot dead in a restaurant in Ataq, presumably in a revenge incident.People wondered over the security absence when there are checkpoints in every half a kilometer but they did nothing to stop the killing.

Anti-Government Protests, Arrests and Violence Continue in South Yemen

Filed under: Civil Rights, South Yemen, photos/gifs, political violence, prisons, reports — by Jane Novak at 9:08 pm on Friday, May 29, 2009

Habeleen, Lahj May 27, 2009: A protester is draped in the flag of the formerly independent South Yemen which merged with North Yemen in 1990.

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On the heels of earlier bloody protests in Aden on May 21 that resulted in ten deaths and nearly a thousand arrests, last week saw continuing unrest in south Yemen in most provinces. New arrests and civilian injuries were reported in several cities. Several times when the Yemeni government forced pro-unity demonstrations, the crowds instead began chanting pro-independence slogans, and the gatherings turned into clashes. In some cases, the protests were in reaction to the earlier arbitrary arrests of protesters in south Yemen. The institutional media blackout continues in an attempt to limit national and international awareness of the southern independence movement.

May 25 There was a demonstration was in Abyan, reportedly attended by tens of thousands. Tareq al Fadhli addressed the crowds.

May 27 A large anti-government rally was held in Dahlie

May 27 Radfan, one of the hot spots of the protests since 2007, held another large protest.

May 27 Habeleen in Laehj saw demonstrations as well.

May 28 A protest in Al-Shehr in Hadhramaut resulted in many injuries and about 30 arrests when the police opened fire on protesters.

May 28 Several demonstrations were held in Lahj including a large gathering in the capital, al Houta. The regime had organized a forced pro-unity demonstration supporting President Saleh, but the people began repeating slogans for calling independence and a republic with its capital Aden. Hundreds were arrested in Lahj, among them dozens of students.

May 28, Also in Lahj, in Yafea, demonstrations were held in Al Maflehi and Alasadi cities.

The National Consultation Meeting

Filed under: Corruption, Military, Security Forces, South Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 6:24 pm on Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Bin Shamlan quote is telling. Yemen Times:

SANA’A May 24 — A number of recommendations considered a basis for national dialogue on the country’s urgent issues were outlined during the National Consultation Meeting, which concluded its activities on Thursday. (Read on …)

The Newspapers Confiscated Themselves!!!

Filed under: Media, Ministries, political violence — by Jane Novak at 6:52 am on Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The news editions “willingly disappeared”, just like the southern protesters shot themselves, al-Khaiwani beat himself up to damage the reputation of the security forces, and in 2005, the fuel riots were prompted by “saboteurs in military uniforms” (thats actually what they said). Its like the country is run by a six year old bully who lies constantly and badly.

Govt. denies banning newspapers, accuses TV channels of harming Yemen’s unity
26/05/2009
SANA’A, NewsYemen : Information Minister Hassan al-Lawzi, who is also the government’s spokesman, has denied any decision taken by the Ministry of Information to suspend newspapers and said it only issues an administrative measure against some media who have violated press law.

In his press conference on Tuesday, al-Lawzi told reporters that some newspapers willingly disappeared for some individual conditions and troubles with printers.
But al-Lawzi said the ministry admitted that the Ministry of Information had warned the government and private printers to carry responsibility for any violation of press law.

Newspapers’ chief editors say they still have fears to get their newspapers confiscated after printing. They also said that owners of printers, private and public, still refuse to print newspapers which the Information Ministry has suspended.

Owners of printers want a clear permission from the ministry to print such newspapers to avoid legal problem with the ministry, said the newspapers’ editors.

Al-Lawzi has also said some TV channels unprofessionally intervene in Yemen’s internal affairs and violate the national sovereignty of Yemen. “Some TV channels host people and put pressure on them to talk against the Yemeni Unity and we have the evidence,” said al-Lawzi.

Yemeni President Pledges Reform for the 2,347,185th Time

Filed under: Media, Presidency, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:34 pm on Sunday, May 17, 2009

Gulf Times

Yemen president pledges reforms
DPA/Sanaa
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh pledged yesterday to carry out administrative reforms to empower municipalities to better respond to the people’s needs after a wave of violent protests in the country’s southern cities.
Saleh said his government would propose constitutional amendments that would permit the election of district mayors who are, under the current system, appointed centrally.
“God willing, we are conducting constitutional amendments to give the local authority wider jurisdictions than what it has got now,” the Yemeni leader said, quoted by the official Saba news agency.
“We are working on a constitutional amendment and establishing a local governance system with wider powers under which the district mayors would be elected,” he said.
The agency said Saleh made the remarks during a meeting in Sanaa with dignitaries and tribal chiefs from the southern Lahj province, which saw most of the violent protests.
He said the reforms would produce municipal boards that are capable of reaching out to segments of the population that otherwise would not be serviced in an appropriate manner.
The move follows the violent protests in three southern provinces in the past few weeks.

Ashaq Alwast

Yemen: Government to Launch Bill Restricting Opposition Moves

Sana’a, Asharq Al-Awsat- The Yemeni authorities announced that they intend to enact a law criminalizing any action that “harms the national unity” of the country. The announcement comes amid escalating developments in the south of the country that began sometime ago. These developments escalated lately together with activities by the public, known as the “Peaceful Southern Movement.” (Read on …)

IFJ Condemns ” Reckless” Use of Violence against Media House in Yemen

Filed under: Media, land disputes, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:38 pm on Friday, May 15, 2009

There were 15 women, six children and a toddler in the compound when the assault began. Also a note: “Yemeni security forces are asking neighbours who live around Al-ayyam building (family home and office) to evacuate their houses as it seems a preparation for another attempt.”

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the shocking disregard for safety of journalists and media staff who were caught in the crossfire of a battle between security forces and armed guards at a publishing house in Yemen.

“This is an appalling event where journalists and media staff have been endangered by the reckless use of violence,” said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. “Troops should be withdrawn, all armed men stood down and all sides should respect the use of democratic means to resolve their differences.”

According to reports, one man was killed and a number of others injured when security forces opened fire on the offices of the newspaper Alayyam, whose editor and publisher, Hisham Basharaheel, is facing arrest in a police investigation over a killing which took place last year.

Basharaheel is a fierce critic of the authorities and there is confusion over the attack on his newspaper which was surrounded by security forces yesterday. The publisher brought in his own armed security guards and a firefight broke out with journalists and other media staff trapped inside the building.

The IFJ fully supports the Yemeni Syndicate of Journalists (YJS), an IFJ affiliate, which is calling for an end to threats of violence and for the safety of journalists and media staff at the paper to be guaranteed.

“It is unconscionable to deliberately turn journalists’ workplace into a battle ground,” added White. “But, such an indiscriminate assault on civilian premises without clear warning for occupants to leave the place is the height of irresponsibility.”

For more information contact the IFJ at +32 2 235 2207

Baoum’s Son Under “Arrest”

Filed under: South Yemen, Targeting, hostages, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:04 pm on Friday, May 15, 2009

A hostage might be a better term, trying to apply pressure to his father. At least he’s an adult. Sometimes they take kids 12 years old.

PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 31/006/2009 05 May 2009 UA 119/09 Incommunicado detention/Fear of torture or other ill treatment/ Possible prisoners of conscience

YEMEN Qassim ‘Askar Jubran (m), retired officer and former Yemeni ambassador

Ahmad Muhammad Ba Mu’allam (m)

Fadi Ba’oom (m)

(Read on …)

Al Fadhli Interview: Ja’ar, Terrorism and Aden Hotel

Filed under: South Yemen, other jihaddists, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:39 pm on Friday, May 15, 2009

Interesting bit about the Yafee tribes and the Ja’ar campaign if only to reinforce the idea of the impact of tribal lines on jihaddists relations with the regime , also he says terrorism in Yemen cooked up in the kitchen (but everyone says that from the terrorists to the politicians), and he had an ordinary relationship with bin Laden, all from an interview with al Fadhli at Ashaq Alawsat:

Q: What happened to you in the Abyan province, and specifically in the town of Ja’ar, gunmen took to the city and then the military campaign to recover .. ما هي إبعاده؟ What are deported?

ـ هذه مسرحية هزيلة مدبرة من جهازي الأمن القومي والأمن السياسي، معروفة، ولو تحب نتكلم عن تفاصيلها يمكن ذلك في وقت آخر. Play this poorly planned from the two national security and political security, known, if you like talking about details that could be at another time.

* ممكن تحدثني جزئيا الآن؟ * Possible in part told me now?

ـ قلت لك إن هذه مسرحية من الأجهزة الأمنية، ومنطقة جعار هي منطقة تتكون من قبائل يافع وقبائل آل فضل وهم (الأجهزة) يريدون أن يزجوا بالقبائل في صراعات قبلية، كما يحدث في مناطق أخرى من مناطق الجنوب بدعم الأجهزة كي يقتتل أبناء الجنوب فيما بينهم. I told you that the drama of the security agencies, and the Ja’ar region is composed of tribes, the tribes of Al-Yafi preferred they (devices) want Izjawa tribes in tribal conflicts, as in other areas of the south in order to incite the support devices of the South with them. وهذا ما حدث في جعار ومن قاموا بتلك الأعمال معروفون ومعروفة المناطق التي يأتون منها، ونعرف أيضا من يتستر عليهم أو يطلق سراحهم عندما يتم إلقاء القبض عليهم. This is what happened in Ja’ar have such work is known and well-known areas in which they come, and we also know of the covers or released when they are arrested. (Read on …)

President of Yemen Personally Issues Death Threat to Former President of Yemen

Filed under: Presidency, South Yemen, Targeting, political violence — by Jane Novak at 5:13 pm on Saturday, May 9, 2009

Aden Press is reporting that Saleh called the former president of the PDRY, Ali Salem al Beedh, and threatened to kill him.

Al Beedh left Oman and apparently is in Austria, evoking Saleh’s ire and fear. Saleh told him, we know where you are.

Sanaa today threatened physical liquidation and Albied do not retreat from the independence

Vienna – London, “Aden press,” Special: 9-5 – 2009

Yemeni authorities have today carried out a telephone conversation with President Ali Salem Albied in the country, who lives in Austria and threatened him by physical liquidation by an official way , and accused President Ali Salem Albied in a telephone conversation with the “Aden press,” Immediately after receiving the call, that the people spoke, by SANAA formal way and by the President regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh spoke to him this morning and told him explicitly that we know where you will be, where do you get rid if it did not stop what he described as “a farce and the storm,” which raised Albied since announced his departure from Muscat and his call for the people of the South to unite behind their cause, just published in the In an earlier statement, “Aden press .”

The Albied that he had contacts after the conversation with the security of residence in Austria and told them the incident and details of the conversation with him conducted by the Yemen, the authorities there have taken precautionary procedures and appropriate security and provided protection for the head of the White and his family immediately.

Albied gave the Sanaa regime and its leader, the full responsibility for any harm happen to him or to one of the members of his family, God forbid, calling through “Aden Press,” the sons of the south to more unity and cohesion behind the just cause and confirmed that the Albied of such acts will not deter us from continuing our struggle towards achieve independence and liberation of our country.

One of the historical leaders, al Attas I think it was on al Jazeera, mentioned some of the people who have been assassinated, and I was surprised that he stopped at three. But Saleh has a considerable trail of blood behind him.

Last week he asked Saudi Arabia to extradite al Attas and Oman to extradite al Beedh.

Al Ayyam Newspaper Targeted by Security Forces

Filed under: Media, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:34 am on Monday, May 4, 2009

Update: 6 other papers in addition to al Ayyam are blockaded including al Needa and al Sharie.

As the south heats up, more newspapers in the region are targeted for reporting the news.

Two al Ayyam delivery drivers were kidnapped and fifty thousand copies of the the paper were confiscated.

The following is one of the regular southern updates and didn’t come from al Ayyam itself.

A very respectful national newspaper and most sold one in Yemen has been targeted by security forces at checkpoints for the last few days and correspondents provoked on many occasions in the past few weeks.

Brief Introduction:

Al-ayyam newspaper is non government funded newspaper, privately owned and one of the very popular, respected, most selling one in Yemen. The newspaper covers political, economical, sport and social news. Established in the sixties in Aden – Yemen.

For enquiries:

Website: www.al-ayyam.info
Tel. +0967 – 1 – 2255170
Email: editor@al-ayyam.info
Staff spoken language: Arabic & English
Editor in Chief: Basha Bashraheel, Hisham Bashraheel & Tamam Bashraheel.

Events: On 4th of May (early hours of morning) security forces waited outside printing building and confiscated all copies due to be delivered nationally.
On 3rd of May (early hours of morning) two delivery vans, drivers and content (believed – approx. 18000 copies on one van and approx 12000 copies on second van) have been disappeared to unknown destination and destiny still unknown to the time of writing this notification.
On 1st of May a delivery driver was kidnapped by people who later appeared but delivery van, cash and content (approx. 12000 copies believed to be set on fire deliberately).

On a regular basis Al-ayyam correspondents around Yemen have encountered various methods of humiliation, disgrace and singled out to stop them from continuing to do their loved career, profession and to cover events.

The newspaper have been accused by regime and put on trial unjustifiably to prevent them to broadcast the truth which proudly and bravely management have been doing regardless amid regime constant warning through sms and phone calls by unknown people believed to be encouraged by security forces and bluntly by senior government officers in the government media.

Reasons: The newspaper one of few that covers events bravely and professionally about the situation in regions in Yemen and regime excessive use of force against innocent people by using artillery and tanks shells in the north region called Sadaa (war broke out five time). also, recently and ongoing in he region called Radfan (refer to links below). These high standards, professionalism and determination annoyed the regime who disrespect human rights, treaties, international community and particularly journalists and unbiased media in Yemen.

Appeal: As International organisations, agencies and associations, we therefore appeal to you to bring this up with the highest authorities internationally to continue promoting media, journalism and freedom of speech. It takes courageous people to continue with their belief in journalism specially in countries that do not believe in democracy or the promotion of human rights.

Soldier Killed at Checkpoint, 14 Wounded in Lahj

Filed under: Security Forces, South Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 2:03 pm on Tuesday, April 28, 2009

This is just pathetic. This could be anybody, anybody, but there’s still one dead soldier and 14 wounded regardless of how many new checkpoints there are.

Its interesting the way the last year’s attacks on check points are now characterized by the ruling GPC as being carried out by seperatists, not terrorists which was the more convenient land politically efficient abel last year. Thats a first, prior to now they blamed the some version of terrorists and the YSB took credit for quite a few. Soon the ruling party will start calling them southern jihaddist seperatists.

SANAA: A soldier was killed and 14 were wounded when gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in southern Yemen Tuesday, the ruling party said.

Armed men opened fire at the checkpoint in the Habeel Raida district of the Lahj province, around 300 km south of the capital Sanaa, the ruling GPC party reported on its website.

It said the attack took place early in the day, and that security forces launched a manhunt for the attackers.

Officials in Sanaa said the attackers were believed to belonging to the southern opposition that has been leading protests in several southern cities since mid-2007.

Local sources in Lahj said four of the attackers were also injured in a clash that followed the attack.

They said the attackers were apparently protesting the set up of the checkpoint in their area.

The attack is the latest in a series of attacks that targeted military and police posts installed last year in southern cities of the Arabian Peninsula country last year after a wave of violent protests in those areas.

Saleh Harrasses Al Asnag and al Attas

Filed under: Other Countries, Saudi Arabia, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:35 pm on Monday, April 27, 2009

The thing about Saleh is he has no morals whatsoever. The regime targets kids without a whim. In this case, Saleh is putting the screws to some historical leaders abroad, for the crime of political activity or opinions. But what often happens in reality is the Yemeni government and media makes inflammatory charges, and former leaders abroad refute the wild statements.

The Yemeni regime frequently tries to control the speech of people outside its borders through a variety of tools. Sometimes it works. There’a a variety of individuals who self censor for a variety of reasons. Some pay a big price anyway.

al Motamar

Almotamar.net – Well-informed sources said Monday that Yemen addressed a request to authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman asking them to hand over to it a number of wanted Yemeni elements living inn the twp countries , indicating they take advantage of their presence in the two countries by practicing hostile acts against Yemen.

The sources added that files were delivered to authorities of the two countries including the hostile activities those elements carry out against Yemen and its unity, security and stability.

According to report by 26september website Yemen depended in its demands on treaties and agreements signed between Yemen and each of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman. It depended on the consideration that the security and stability of Yemen a matter that concerns each of Saudi Arabia and Oman and vice versa.

Cross Your Fingers

Filed under: South Yemen, Tribes, mentions, political violence — by Jane Novak at 3:47 pm on Sunday, April 26, 2009

Lets hope Yemeni security forces don’t follow their standard pattern and shoot into the crowds of southern demonstrators on Monday.

The 27th is Tariq al Fadhli’s “Day of Silent Protest” in Zanjibar, although the regime is calling it “Democracy Day” along with planning other distractions.

The military build-up is going swimmingly in all southern provinces including Aden (a military camp now), Dhalie (two more injured in Radfdan yesterday), other parts of Lahj, Hadramout and all over Abyan where al Fadhli is calling for the marches tomorrow.

Oddly the military let the would-be protesters heading for Zanjibar past the check-points, and thousands are already gathered. (Read on …)

Yemeni National Solidarity Council Opens London Branch

Filed under: Other Countries, Tribes, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 10:15 am on Sunday, April 26, 2009

London is such a happening place. Now in addition to the GPC stooges, the Yemeni intell agents, the TAJ people, the non-Taj opposition, we get the National Solidarity Council’s London branch, Hussain al Ahmar’s tribal lobbists.

Hussein opened a branch in London of the Council of National Solidarity Naba News
السبت, 25-إبريل-2009 Saturday, 25 – April -2009
نبأ نيوز- مجلس التضامن – News report – Board of solidarity –

أعلن مجلس التضامن الوطني عن افتتاح فرعه الجديد بالعاصمة البريطانية (لندن)، وذلك في إطار خطة المجلس لافتتاح عدد من الفروع داخل وخارج الأراضي اليمنية. National Solidarity Council announced the opening of its new branch on the British capital (London), in the framework of the Plan of the Council for the opening of a number of branches inside and outside Yemen.
وكان الشيخ حسين بن عبد الله الأحمر– رئيس مجلس التضامن الوطني- قام خلال زيارته إلى بريطانيا بافتتاح فرع المجلس بحضور عدد من الشخصيات السياسية والدبلوماسية وممثلي المنظمات العربية والدولية. The Sheikh Hussein bin Abdullah al-Ahmar – Chairman of the Board of the National Solidarity – During his visit to Britain at the opening of the branch of the presence of a number of political figures and representatives of the diplomatic and Arab and international organizations. (Read on …)

Governor of Abyan’s Fence Bombed

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen, arrests, political violence, state jihaddists — by Jane Novak at 1:54 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Similiar to the prior lightweight bombings, more of a message than an attack. Below more on the Ja’ar group and the failure of the truce agreements.

Yemen Post: A bomb blew up on Monday at the fence separating the houses of governor and deputy governor of Abyan province which are located in the province capital of Zunjbar. No injuries were reported with slight damages caused to the two homes. (Read on …)

Yemeni MP Imprisoned Despite Immunity

Filed under: Parliament, political violence, prisons — by Jane Novak at 2:20 pm on Monday, April 6, 2009

News Yemen

A parliamentary committee in-charge of inspecting facts about detention of an MP over an official murder has demanded the MP release, but prosecution refuses.

MP Ahmad al-Barati, who is being held at the Central Prison in Taiz over the murder of director of Khadeer district Ahmad Mansour al-Shawafi, was not at the scene at that time as the General Attorney and head of Taiz Prosecution have claimed, said the committee in its report to the Parliament on Sunday. (Read on …)

Saudi-Yemen Border Closed by Disgruntled Sheik

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Saudi Arabia, Tribes, Yemen, land disputes, political violence, smuggling — by Jane Novak at 1:39 am on Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Says a lot, Yemen Online

Yemeni Sheikh closed “Ilb” Yemen-Saudi border crossing in Sa’ada governorate, calling for the implementation of the agreement terms between his grandfather and Saudi Arabia.
YemenOnline. March 01 – Armed elements believed to be followers to Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed Moqait, Baqim district, Sa’ada governorate closed on Saturday morning “Ilb” Yemen-Saudi border crossing, denying entry and exit of people and vehicles to and from Saudi Arabia, learned tribal sources reported to Al-Ishteraki Net. According to the sources, hundreds of cars and trucks piling up on both sides of the border of Yemen Saudi Arabia since the early hours of Saturday morning To reopen the border crossing, Sheikh Moqait , a senior Baqim sheikh, demanded that both Saudi Arabia and Yemen authorities implement his terms, in particular allowing the people of his tribe to enter to Saudi Arabia and work there without having to obtain what is known as the Saudi “sponsor”.
According to Sheikh Moqait , Saudi Arabia is obligated to implement the agreement terms between “AL Saud” and his grandfather in particular allowing Yemeni-Saudi border tribes, including Baqim and Monabbih tribes, to work in Saudi Arabia without having to obtain work permits or a Saudi sponsor.

Notably, Ilb border crossing is one of the most important crossings between Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

Yemeni Military Police Detain 92 Year Old Hostage Incommunicado

Filed under: Civil Rights, Yemen, editing, hostages, political violence, prisons — by Jane Novak at 9:35 pm on Thursday, February 26, 2009

They have no heart. None. A 92 year old man, think about that.

HOOD online-Translation: Radhia Khairan-Editor: Jane Novak

Yemeni Military Police have detained a 92 year old as a hostage and are refusing to inform his family of his location.

The police and other security forces in Yemen use the tactic of hostage taking to exert pressure on relatives. In this case, the Military Police incarcerated 92 year old Ali Ali Ahmed Shubaih in a bid to pressure his son to turn himself in to the police. His son is wanted in connection with an alleged land dispute.

Mr. Shubaih was arrested on February 3 although he had committed no crime. He was held on remand in Area Number Five at the Security Center in Sana’a. Mr. Shubaih is infirm, suffers from dementia and multiple ailments related to his age. Mr. Shubaih’s relatives filed a complaint with HOOD over the illegal and unconstitutional detention.

One of HOOD’s lawyers visited the detention center Saturday and found that the elderly gentleman was both blind and nearly unconscious. Mr. Shubaih was distraught, infirm and did not know where he was. He was transferred to hospital after HOOD’s visit and later returned to the jail.

Mr. Shbaih’s family reports today that security officials said Mr. Shubaih was transferred to another facility and refused to disclose his location. The family is extremely concerned for his well being.

HOOD sent a complaint to the General Prosecution maintaining that Mr. Shubaih’s detention is against law. HOOD seeks an investigation of the incident, the immediate release Mr. Shubaih and the prosecution of those responsible for this egregious act.

This was by no means the first incident of its type. In a similar case, 82 year old Sheikh Isshaq was detained as a hostage for two months in the Political Security’s center.

Editor: Jane Novak

Knife Wielding Jihaddists in Taiz Attack Motels

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Civil Rights, Targeting, attacks, political violence — by Jane Novak at 1:30 pm on Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Talabanization of Yemen may have reached a tipping point.
Update: Maybe. Knives not guns?

Yemeni extremists in Taiz governorate attacked motels scattered over Saber Mountain. YemenOnline Feb 22 – A group of masked Yemeni religious extremists with knives and torches attacked small motels scattering over Saber Mountain, and started stabbing inhabitants and setting fire all over the places. While the attackers managed to escape, they left behind some serious injuries and burnt-down places.

It is clear that a wave of religious extremism has spread among young people in Taiz governorate, and that a number of religious parties took advantage of the recent events in Gaza Strip in particular, to serve their political objectives.

Update: One person was seriously injured and 13 other wounded. The location is a resort, not actually a hotel, a casino type resturant. There were about 20 attackers. Several other tourist areas were previously attacked.

Naba

Scenes of bloody terrible, almost a form of Legends of Hollywood .. متطرفون ملثمون يحملون السكاكين بيد، ومشاعل النيران بيد أخرى، ويغزون استراحات سياحية بجبل صبر بتعز مكبرين باسم الله.. Extremists, however, masked men wielding knives, flares and fire, however, and tourist bars invade Mount Ptaz binoculars patience in God’s name .. يثبون على الناس، وبعد كل صيحة “الله أكبر” يغرسون سكاكينهم في الرؤوس، والصدور، وأي جزء من أجساد مَن ظفروا بهم.. Ithbon on people, after all the cry of “Allahu Akbar” Egrson knives in the head, and chests, and any part of the body of them won .. ويضرمون النيران في كل مكان منها.. And setting fire to each place

Nine Yemeni Jews Safe in Israel

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Civil Rights, Other Countries, Religious, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:46 am on Friday, February 20, 2009

I posted the story of the murder of the Yemeni Rabbi at another website a while ago, and one of the commenters there said, “This is why there needs to be an Israel”. And its true. Where would they go to be safe otherwise? They used to be safe in Yemen, although assigned to Dhimmitude not equality, an irksome concept. But the rise in fanatacism makes Yemen a dangerous place for a lot of people now. There are fellow Yemenis trying to achieve justice and security for the Yemeni Jewish citizens, HOOD for example, but its quite an uphill battle. Another interesting part of this story is the clandestine airlift. Unnamed Yemeni government sources are saying it was via Eritrea, of course.

Ynet

For Sa’adia Ben-Yisrael in Yemen, the grenade thrown at his family’s home proved the final straw. Under the cover of secrecy, a group of ten Jews, nine of them members of the Ben-Yisrael family, left their Arab homeland for Israel.

Landing in Tel Aviv on Thursday afternoon, Sa’adia, his wife and their seven children seemed overwhelmed by the media attention that welcomed them to their new home. Also waiting for them were representatives from the Jewish Agency, which helped organize the clandestine airlift.

A prominent member of Yemen’s tiny Jewish sector, Sa’adi said ultra-Orthodox members of the anti-Zionist ‘Neturei Karta’ sect tried to convince him not to make aliyah. “But I’m very glad that I cam to the Holy Land, me and my family,” he said….

Ezra Tzubari, Ben-Yisrael’s cousin, said he hoped the family’s decision would encourage others to do the same. “To the people still there in Yemen who are even a little in danger – just come here and see this completely different world,” he said. There are currently 280 Jews remaining in Yemen. Most of them, nearly 230 people, reside in Raida. The rest are in Sanaa.

Jihaddists Get a Monthly Salary and an Escort to the Pres

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Counter-terror, Presidency, South Yemen, USA, Yemen, personalities, political violence, security timeline — by Jane Novak at 10:20 am on Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Al Needa

Entered the peace agreement between the Authority and jihadist groups like to take effect after a meeting between President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the leaders of those groups last Wednesday, January 21 last.
وإذ اكدت مصادر خاصة لـــ«النداء» أن الرئيس وجه باعتماد رواتب شهرية لقرابة 160 من عناصر تلك الجماعات، قالت إن التوجيه الرئاسي جاء بعد أن تعهد زعماء الجماعات وهم: سامي ديان، نادر الشدادي، باسل النقاز، ووجدي الحوشبي بالالتزام بالقانون وعدم إثارة الفوضى مجدداً في محافظة أبين. While sources confirmed to Al «appeal» to the President by the adoption of monthly salaries for nearly 160 of the elements of those groups, she said that the presidential directive came after the leaders pledged to groups who are: Diane Sami, Nader Chedadi, Basil Anakaz, Wagdi Boudart and commitment to law and not create chaos again in the governorate of Abyan.
وعلمت «النداء» من مصادر خاصة أن اجتماعات مكثفة سبقت لقاء زعماء الجماعات الجهادية بالرئيس دارت بين الوسطاء ونائب رئيس الجمهورية عبدربه منصور هادي.وقالت إن الوسطاء وعددهم 13 أقنعوا نائب الرئيس بضرورة احتواء تلك العناصر ومعالجة ظروفها المعيشية لضمان عودة الاستقرار إلى المنطقة. Al «appeal» from private sources that intensive meetings prior to the meeting the leaders of jihadist groups, the mediators between the President and Vice-President Abed Rabbo Mansur Hadi. She said that the mediators and the 13 Vice-President, persuaded the need to contain these elements and deal with their living conditions to ensure the return of stability to the region.
وفقاً للمصادر فإن نائب الرئيس وجه بصرف 4 مليون للوسطاء مقابل المجهود الذي بذلوه لإنجاح الاتفاق. According to the sources, the Vice-President, in 4 million, regardless of the brokers in return for their effort for the success of the agreement. ومن هؤلاء الوسطاء وليد الفضلي مدير مكتب مصلحة الضرائب بأبين، وعبدالله بن جدِّي إمام جامع في مديرية خنفر، وحسان ديان ممثل عن الجماعات المسلحة. It is these intermediaries, and Walid al-Fadhli, Director of the Office of the Tax Department, sections, and Abdullah bin Imam of a mosque in serious Khanfar Directorate, Hassan Diane representative of the armed groups. وقالت المصادر إن رئيس الجمهورية أحال زعماء الجماعات إلى وزير الداخلية بعد أن وجه باعتماد رواتب شهرية لعناصرها تصرف من ميزانية الرئاسة. The sources said that the President of the Republic, the leaders of groups referred to the Minister of the Interior, after the adoption of the monthly salaries of the elements of the budget for the disposal of the Chair.
وأكدت أن وزير الداخلية في لقائه بزعماء الجماعات تحدث بلغة شديدة، وأبلغهم أن تصرفاتهم مجرَّمة وأن السجن هو مكانهم الطبيعي لولا قرار القيادة السياسية. She stressed that the Interior Minister in a meeting with leaders of groups speaking the language of serious and informed them that their behavior is criminal, prison and place in the natural resolution of the political leadership.
وقالت مصادر محلية في محافظة أبين إن إتفاق الصلح أثار استياء لدى القيادات الأمنية في المحافظة. Local sources said the province indicate that the peace agreement raised the resentment of the security leadership in the province.
وكشفت مصادر مقربة من فريق وسطاء اتفاق الصلح أن زعماء الجماعات الجهادية انتقلوا قبل ثلاثة أسابيع إلى العاصمة رفقة حراسة أمنية من الداخلية. Sources close to the group of mediators and the peace agreement that the leaders of jihadi groups have moved three weeks ago to the capital accompanied by a security guard of the Interior.
وفي سياق متصل أفرجت السلطات الأمنية في محافظة عدن أمس الثلاثاء عن 11 سجيناً من سجن المنصورة تم اعتقالهم بتهمة الانتماء إلى تنظيم القاعدة. In the context of related authorities released security in the governorate of Aden on Tuesday 11 prisoners from a prison in Egypt have been arrested on charges of belonging to al Qaeda.
ووفقاً لموقع «الصحوة نت» فإن الإفراج بموجب توجيهات عليا تأتي في إطار توجهات رسمية للإفراج عن السجناء المتهمين بالانتماء إلى تنظيم القاعدة ويقدر عددهم بــ140 سجيناً. According to the website «awakening Net» the release comes under the guidance of a high official in the orientations of the release of prisoners accused of belonging to al-Qaeda and the estimated 140 prisoners.

Asks them to fight the southerners:

al Sharea

The President will meet at 150 Jhadii personal show and best assesses points tribal presidential directives to prevent the participants in the protests

قالت مصادر مطلعة لـ”الشارع” إن الرئيس علي عبد الله صالح عقد، قبل أيام، لقاء في صنعاء مع أبرز ناشطي الجماعات الجهادية في محافظة أبين في اجتماع يعتقد أن له علاقة بفعاليات الاحتجاجات التي تشهدها المحافظات الجنوبية. Sources familiar with the “street,” said President Ali Abdullah Saleh held a few days ago, a meeting in Sanaa, the most prominent activists with jihad groups in the Abyan province in the meeting believed that the events related to the protests in the southern governorates.
والتقى الرئيس، قبل أسبوعين، بقرابة 150 شخصية جهادية وصلت إلى العاصمة قادمة من أبين تلبية لدعوة رسمية، وبينما عاد بعض هؤلاء إلى المحافظة خلال الأسبوعين المنصرمين فإن بعضهم لا يزال في صنعاء. He met with the President, two weeks ago, nearly 150 personal jihad arrived in the capital from the show at the official invitation, and while some of them returned to the preserve over the past two weeks, some still in Sanaa. (Read on …)

Yemeni Soldiers Protest Over Back Pay, Arrested

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Military, Yemen, govt budget, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:48 am on Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Not paying the military is not a good move…

Yemen Post

Security source confirmed that investigations are still underway with some (70 military soldiers) belonging to the 127 Infantry Brigade of the First Armored Division on the background of a army rebellion last week against the Brigade Commander Brigadier General Jihad Ali Antar, in the camp known as Airport Camp in Gaflat Ethr District of Amran province.

The same source said that the investigation into the incident so far did not show any motives behind the incident other than the rebels’ demands of financial sums; however the source did not rule out.

The rebels together with the commander of the brigade Jihad Antar were transferred to the military police camp in the capital Sana’a. However the rebels alleged financial benefits were confiscated from them by the camp commander.

According to the source, a committee set up by the Ministry of Defense and headed by Major-General Ali Mohammad Salah, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations arrived in the military brigade camp in Amran after the incident to look into the matter.

HRW 2008 Report Yemen

Filed under: Civil Rights, Corruption, Counter-terror, Media, Saada War, South Yemen, USA, political violence, prisons — by Jane Novak at 9:27 am on Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Human Rights Watch Report 2008 via UNHCR, rather straightforward:

Events of 2008

The human rights situation in Yemen has deteriorated markedly over the past several years. Yemen had previously made advances in the rule of law, setting out rights in the constitution, the penal code, and criminal procedure code. However, these have been eroded by hundreds of arbitrary arrests and several dozen enforced disappearances, mainly in the context of armed clashes in the north, but also relating to the government’s domestic counterterrorism efforts and crackdown on social and political unrest in the south of the country. (Read on …)

WAN Writes Yemen’s Pres. About the al Khaiwani Ruling

Filed under: Civil Rights, Diplomacy, Media, Presidency, Yemen, al-Khaiwani, political violence — by Jane Novak at 3:02 pm on Thursday, February 5, 2009

Several international journalists and rights orgs have made similiar statements on al Khaiwani’s behalf.

His Excellency Ali Abdullah Saleh
President of the Republic of Yemen
Sana’a, Republic of Yemen
3 February 2009

Your Excellency,

We are writing on behalf of the World Association of Newspapers and the World Editors Forum,
which represent 18,000 publications in 102 countries, to express our serious concern at the
upholding of a six-year jail sentence against journalist Abdel Karim Al Khaiwani, despite a
presidential pardon having been granted to him in September 2008.
According to reports, on 26 January Yemen’s Special Terrorist Court upheld a 6-year jail sentence
handed down to Mr Al Khaiwani on 9 June 2008. Mr Al Khaiwani, former editor-in-chief of the
Al-Shoura newspaper, had received a presidential pardon in September 2008 and had also
received assurances from the Minister of Justice and other officials that the case had been closed.
He had not been summoned to give evidence to the Special Terrorist Court, nor had he been
notified that the hearing was underway. The court reportedly did not consider Mr Al Khaiwani’s
appeal against the initial sentence. (Read on …)

“The trial of Hisham Bashrahil is a crime against journalism.”

Filed under: Civil Rights, Media, Security Forces, Trials, political violence — by Jane Novak at 1:15 am on Tuesday, February 3, 2009

This guy is on trial??? He’s the one whose house got shot up and one guard was killed after publishing news about the protests in the south. This is absurd. Another poster child for Yemen’s democracy.

On January 18, the Yemeni newspaper Al-Ayyan carried the following report: “Saira first degree court held its first sessions for three publishing cases filed against Al-Ayyam by Journalism and Publications Prosecution, on behalf of Abd al-Salam Shuwayter, head of Central Body for Censorship and Accountability, Hadramawt branch, and Himiar Abd al-Khalik and Adil Asbahi.

“Our colleague Hisham Bashrahil, the editor, and the defence, which comprised nine lawyers, stood before the court. The lawyers include Muhammad Mahmud Nasirr, Badr Salmin Basnid, Munir Abdallah Jaradah, Ali Abd al-Rahman A’uli, Salih Qasim Amri, Salih Ziban, Adnan Shaykh Mansur Jinaydi, Muhammad Abd al-Karim Amrawi, and Jasar Faruk Mikawi. (Read on …)

Blocked Road

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 2:25 am on Sunday, January 18, 2009

News Yemen
Four soldiers were injured on Sunday in armed clashes between security forces and armed men in Radfan district of Lahj province, south Yemen.

Security sources said the security forces were injured in clashes with armed people “who are blocking the Sana’a-Aden highway since days.”

The armed people blocked the highway in protest to detaining hundreds of people participated in a rally against the government’s policy last Tuesday, January 13. the armed people demand the government release all detainees and stop hunting leaders of the so-called Southern Movement.

The Southern Movement started late in 2007 organizing protests against the ignorance of retired military personnel in south Yemen and other southern issues. The protestors accused officials in the government of corruption and confiscating properties of southern people after the civil war in 1994.

Yemeni Jihaddis Murder Three Gay Men, Burn Police Stations in Jahr, Abyan

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Civil Rights, Religious, Yemen, attacks, political violence, security timeline — by Jane Novak at 12:37 pm on Saturday, January 17, 2009

The militants’ murder of three gay men (and the state’s non-response) highlights two trends. One is the continuing loss of physical control by the Yemeni state. Parts of the south have ejected the central government. Large areas in Sa’ada are semi autonomous under control of the rebels. The militants have taken over Jahr to the extent that they burnt government buildings and imposed their own law. The state is letting these areas slip away because it is too weak and too preoccupied to fight for them. A variety of competing groups have taken authority indicating fracturing or the Somalia syndrome. The state is ceasing to exist in some areas as funds dry up. The loudest, most radical groups in these areas are taking over to impose some social control.

Trend two is the accelerating Talibanization or radicalization of Yemen. These militants appointed themselves judge, jury and executioner. The murder of gays is the same as the murder of the Jewish rabbi last month. In both instances, the militants justify their murder of minorities as a public service. The fanatical intolerance fostered by the neo-Salafis requires the extermination of “enemies” where enemies are defined as anyone who holds a different world view or refuses to submit to their totalitarianism. The jihaddists have growing control over various territory in Yemen that is distinct from the “ungoverned tribal regions” often noted as a security concern. The Talibanizaton of Yemen is more than a territorial expansion, its a penetration of government structures and social mores.

Mujahideen are killing young people in Ja’ar on suspicion of sexual “irregularities”, December 28, 2008

Saeed Abdullah was a young 22-year-old Hanan shot dead by the Mujahideen in the city of Abyan province Ja’ar. Well-informed sources said the victim is the third young man is killed by Mujahideen militants in the street in front of Central Market, Ja’ar. He was killed last Saturday night on allegations are that the young man was gay.

Sources close to the jihadists said that the leaders of the armed group is the Islamic Emirate of Ja’ar… noted that among the mujahideen, they have burned police stations and government institutions and attacked military and security patrols during the last period of smuggling and complicity by local authorities concerned for fear of facing liability for the centers, military and political forces in Sanaa, which they roam about the human rights violations outside the law.

Lets wait for the Western outrage, it should be here any minute. Its a hate crime!

Update: Earthtimes reports Islamist militants stormed a prison in Jahr today, killing one guard, in an attempt to free prisoners.

Failed Assassination Attempt of Dhalie Local Council Head

Filed under: Local gov, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 11:50 am on Saturday, January 3, 2009

al-Sahwa

Sahwa Net – The Secretary-General the local council of Dhala governorate Mohammad al-Atabi was subjected to a failed assassination attempt on Sunday.

Unknown gunmen shot fire on Al-atabi’s car while he was heading to his office and escaped after he was wounded in his right arm.

Fadhal al-Jaadi , top leader of Dhala’a local council , demanded the authorities to bring the criminal to justice, dubbing the act as a crime.

Oil Pipeline in Yemen Blows

Filed under: Oil, Tribes, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 11:48 am on Saturday, January 3, 2009

Earth Times

Sana’a – Attackers, believed to be tribesmen, blew up a major oil pipeline in western Yemen on Sunday, but there were no reports of casualties, police said. The explosion occurred in the Khawlan area, some 60 kilometres south-east of the capital Sana’a, where the pipeline runs to the Red Sea exporting facility of Rass Essa.

Witnesses said thick black smoke billowed over the blast scene for several hours following the explosion.

Police officials told Deutsche-Presse Agentur

Yemeni Activists Imprisoned, Tortured

Filed under: Civil Rights, Civil Society, South Yemen, Targeting, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 11:01 am on Wednesday, December 10, 2008

1-10-09

Front Line

Front Line protection of Human Rights defenders welcomes the release of human rights defender, Khalid Abdul-Wahab El-Sharif from prison on Friday 19 December. He had been detained since 5 July 2008 in the Political Security Prison, Sana´a, where he had been denied legal consultation, regular visits and was never officially charged. Despite his release, Front Line remains deeply concerned about the ongoing detention without charge of human rights defenders, Mr Yasre Abdul-Wahab Al-Wazeer and Mr Mu’een Ibraheem Al-Mutawakel.

On 1 July 2008, Ali Ali Yahya Al-Emad was arrested and placed in incommunicado detention in the Political Security Prison, Sana´a.

According to reports received, Ali Ali Yahya Al-Emad´s family was never informed of his whereabouts and believed that he had been “disappeared” until his release on 2 December 2008. During his detention, he was allegedly tortured and subjected to ill-treatment. On 27 May 2008, Mu’een Ibraheem Al-Mutawakel was detained, while Yasre Abdul-Wahab Al-Wazeer on 1 July 2008, and Khalid Abdul-Wahab El-Sharif on 5 July 2008.

All are currently being held in the Political Security Prison, San´a, where it is feared that they may be subjected to torture and ill-treatment. They have been denied legal consultation, regular visits and have not been officially charged. The three men had been detained for at least six weeks before their families were informed of their whereabouts by the authorities.

On 12 September 2008, the Yemeni President, Field Marshall Ali Abdullah Saleh ordered the release of all prisoners related to the Sada conflict who had not been convicted. However, it is believed that at least 69 individuals related to this conflict, including the aforementioned human rights defenders, remain in detention without charge.

Front Line believes that Ali Ali Yahya Al-Emad, Yasre Abdul-Wahab Al-Wazeer, Khalid Abdul-Wahab El-sharif and Mu’een Ibraheem Al-Mutawakel were targeted as a result of their peaceful human rights activities, specifically those who campaign for judicial reform and the rights of prisoners. Front Line is particularly concerned by the trend of incommunicado detentions in Yemen, a practice which violates International norms and has been known to facilitate torture and ill-treatment.
Source: www.frontlinedefenders.org

Starving Young Mothers and Sick Children in Sa’ada Yemen

Filed under: Refugees, Saada War, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 6:38 pm on Sunday, December 7, 2008

heartbreaking statistics

Yemen Times — The children of internally displaced persons living in the war-torn governorate of Sa’ada suffer from diarrhea, acute respiratory infection and malnutrition, according to a recent study carried out by the Charitable Society for Social Welfare (CSSW) in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) last June.

The results indicate that 37 percent of internally displaced children under five years-old suffer from diarrhea due to polluted waters and that 35.6 percent suffer acute respiratory infection.

The research, which was carried out by Professor Yahya Raja’a and Dr. Isameldin El-Hussein showed that 4.4 percent children suffer from severe acute malnutrition and 15.5 percent suffered moderate acute malnutrition.

The study, which covered four districts -Al-Anad, Al-Zaher, Sahar and Sa’ada- in the Sa’ada governorate and targeted 1,283 children from displaced families living in camps, assessed the health and level of nutrition of internally displaced mothers and children under five years-old in Sa’ada.

It covered 825 women aged between 15 and 55 years old, 367 of whom were living in houses and 458 were living in tents provided by International Red Crescent Committee. Almost all of the women were married, with only 4.2 percent of them widowed and 2.5 percent divorced. The family size ranged from 2 to 20 individuals, with an average of 6 members, and up to 4 children were reportedly housed in each tent.

Up to 30.7 percent of breastfeeding and pregnant women were found to be suffering from acute malnutrition, with wasting more prevalent among them than their children. Raja’a attributed this difference of ratio to mothers preferring to feed their children before themselves. Of the 238 mothers with a baby under one year of age, a little over a half of them reported that they had started breastfeeding immediately after delivery. A further 18.2 percent of those interviewed were pregnant.

The report did not set out to report on violations against women, but Dr. Raja’a said that many of the women interviewed were still very young and that measures should be taken to protect them. “We should not allow anything to happen,” he declared.

Although malnutrition among internally displaced persons in Sa’ada is high, Raja’a maintained that Sa’ada governorate is still wealthier than other governorates in the country due to its agricultural activities, as it has more farms and the lower intensity of the population, so malnutrition should be less severe than in the rest of the country.The study made several recommendations, including protecting women against violence, supporting the camp of Al-Anad camp where of the internally displaced persons are living, strengthening health services and facilities in these districts, continuing nutrition services and providing purified water to the camps.

Director of CSSW Mohammad al-Qubati said that support to displaced people in Sa’ada would continue from UNICEF distributed via the CSSW in truckloads of assistances to Sa’ada inhabitants. UNICEF’s Nutrition Program Officer Dhekra Annuzeili revealed that the organization’s support to displaced people would continue via the Community Nutrition Theoretic Care Program, which provides its services to the area through CSSW. The program provides health training to health practitioners distributes nearly 23 types of medicine and conducts follow-up on malnutrition cases in the area.

Serious Human Rights Violations in Yemen: Amnesty

Filed under: Civil Rights, Reform, Security Forces, Targeting, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:00 am on Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Yemen on Line:

Amnesty International expresses concern about human rights situation in Yemen

Yemenonline-Nov 12,2008- In its submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review in the Fifth session of the UPR Working Group of the Human Rights Council on May 2009,Amnesty International expresses concern about human rights situation in Yemen.

The report criticized continuing pattern of serious human rights violations, including the extensive use of the death penalty; restrictions on the peaceful exercise of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly; and discrimination and violence against women, which would be exacerbated if the proposed new laws and amendments to existing laws .IntroductionThrough its executive, legislative and judicial branches the government is in the process of preparing new laws and revising current laws. This process will impact on the framework of protection of fundamental human rights. Some of the proposed new legislation fails to conform to the requirements of international human rights law and, if implemented, could seriously undermine the many positive features of the human rights framework in Yemen. These proposals also have to be seen in the context of existing laws and practices that are in violation of Yemen’s obligations under international human rights law. B. Normative and institutional framework of the State: Failure to bring laws into line with international standards The government has initiated a review of the Constitution and a number of existing laws and has proposed new draft laws, including to counter terrorism. Laws put forward for review include the Penal Code (PC)[1] and the Press and Publication Law (PPL).[2] The new draft laws include a Counter Terrorism Law (CTL) and a Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism Law (MLFTL). Human rights defenders in Yemen perceive both threats and opportunities in these legislative proposals. The new laws could be used to undermine the many important human rights achievements in the country since the establishment of the Republic of Yemen in 1990 (following unification of the then People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen and the Yemen Arab Republic) and Yemen’s adherence to its obligations under international human rights law.

Yet, Yemeni human rights defenders also see the proposed new laws as providing an opportunity to enhance the protection of human rights framework, which has seen the state’s ratification of many key international human rights treaties;[3] general respect for freedom of expression, association and assembly; criminalization of arbitrary arrest, detention and torture; and legal protection of the right to fair trial. Concerns that the legislative proposals may impact negatively on the current human rights framework are based on the assessment that they would expand the scope of the death penalty, criminalize legitimate freedoms, extend executive powers and the use of special procedures, and further entrench discrimination against women. The death penaltyIn addition to proposing an expansion in the scope of application of the death penalty, the new draft legislation would decrease further the few safeguards provided in the PC. Currently, the PC prescribes the death penalty under Shari’a law (Islamic Law) for murder (Qisas) and Hudud (divinely prescribed fixed offences and punishments), including for apostasy and adultery (where the punishment is death by stoning) and Hiraba (rebellion, unlawful war, spreading disorder on land), in addition to numerous capital offences related to state security. All of these capital offences are retained under the draft legislation and nine additional capital offences have been proposed; three as amendments to the PC[4] and six in the new CTL.[5] (Read on …)

Al-Attas Assassination Plot

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:34 pm on Saturday, November 8, 2008

Lots of assassinations going around in the last few months, meaning the 10/20 lethal letter bomb to Mohammad bin Rabesh the police chief in Mareb, the bomb in the car which killed JMP member Haidar Mohammad Farha al-Hazmi Nov 2. And (still of undetermined credibility) reports of two attempted hits on Ali Nasser Mohammed in Syria now Al-attas.

Almotamar.net – A government official source has ridiculed
The series of lies unleashed lately by the architect of the conspiracy of the secession and war Hayder al-Attas. He claimed that President of the Republic instructed the taking of a plot of land he alleges to own in the city of Mukalla after his refusal to attend a meeting with the President during his Excellency’s visit to the state of the Emirates in addition to plans by the authority to assassinate him and so forth of what was mentioned of in an interview published lately in newspaper.

The source said it arouses laughter that al-Attas speaks of being targeted whether by directives for taking his piece of land because he did not attend an alleged meeting or the existence of a plan for his assassination.

The source denied al-Attars allegations and there was no invitation sent to him to meet the president and no directives were issued for confiscating a land he claims to own in Molalla.

Tribesmen Close 13 Oil Wells

Filed under: Oil, Tribes, political violence — by Jane Novak at 2:25 pm on Thursday, November 6, 2008

What is it this time? Demanding the release of state held hostages, oil jobs or wells?

News Yemen A group of tribes in Mareb have by force closed a number of oil wells in province, local sources in Mareb said.

The sources said that armed tribes locked Thursday 10 wells in Raidan block and three wells in Monkem block. They said ten security vehicles were immediately sent to unlock the wells.

A security source told NY the incident was a destructive act, confirming that three wells have been unlocked.

NewsYemen could not contact with the security director of Mareb for more details.

JMP Member Assassinated by Car Bomb

Filed under: JMP, Local gov, Targeting, political violence — by Jane Novak at 12:38 am on Monday, November 3, 2008

An explosive planted under the seat. News Yemen

SANA’A, NewsYemen

Member of the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), opposition coalition, Haidar Mohammad Farha al-Hazmi, was killed Saturday by a mine planted under his car seat.
Security director of Sana’a province Mohammad Tareeq said investigations are ongoing to divulge the killer and unveil motives behind the assassination.

Al-Hazmi was also member of the local council of Arhab district, north Sana’a. JMP has condemned the murder and asked for the arrest of criminals, but did not accuse anyone. It called people to offer any information may lead to assassin.

JMP warned of consequences of such “unprecedented” crime, calling on security authorities without delay to bring criminals to justice.

Two weeks ago, a security official was assassinated in Mareb by a letter bomb. The operation was described to be the first of its kind.

Five Wounded in Lahj Protest

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:23 pm on Tuesday, July 22, 2008

later reports put the figure at eight wounded

SANAA (AFP) — Five people, including a young boy, were wounded in southern Yemen on Tuesday when police fired on demonstrators demanding the release of more than 80 people arrested during previous protests, witnesses said.

Dozens of demonstrators were also detained during the new protest, in Radfan in southern Lahij province, the witnesses told AFP.

Police fired live bullets and tear gas to disperse the march, they said.

Besides demanding the release of scores of people held since demonstrations in southern provinces earlier this year, the protestors also called for an end to the trials of three senior members of the opposition Yemen Socialist Party (YSP) and 36 other people who were charged in connection with the turmoil.

Hassan Baoum, a member of the YSP’s political bureau, YSP central committee member Yehya Ghaleb al-Shuaibi and activist Ali Haitham al-Ghareeb were charged with inciting protests which led to clashes with police in March and April.

Defence lawyers call their trial, which began in May, politically-motivated.

Authorities have blamed the wave of protests on the YSP, the former ruling party in southern Yemen.

Judiciary Attacks Journalists

Filed under: Judicial, Media, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:28 pm on Monday, July 14, 2008

Yemen Post

In a statement released last Saturday, Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS) denounced on Saturday the suppressive security measures against journalists.

This comes as security forces arrested last Wednesday Al-Sahwa.net correspondent Saleh Al-Surimi and Mareb Press editing secretary Jabr Saber as they were covering the trial of comedian Fahd Al-Qarni.

Following arrest, both journalists were moved to the building of Taiz’s Security Office where they were detained for two hours. They were released later after the intervention of partisan and human rights activists.

In related news, the Yemen Post learnt from special sources that Minister of Justice Ghazi Al-Aghbari referred the letter submitted by the chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council Essam Al-Samawi to the Press and Printings Prosecution.

The letter included many partisan and private papers which it described as mocking, insulting and doubting the impartiality of judiciary. It also stated that these papers do not respect its sanctity.

This comes in preparation for filing lawsuits against numerous newspapers and writers, particularly after they published news and articles dealing with Al-Qarni’s issue.

Al-Qarni was sentenced last week by the Taizia Court to 18 month in prison as well as a fine mounting to $2500. Similarly, the Specialized Penal Court previously ordered jailing Journalist Abdul Karim Al-Khaiwani for six years.

Commenting on the recent move by the Supreme Judicial Council, Secretary of Freedoms Committee at YJS Hasan Al-Zaidi hinted that this is a dangerous pointer especially when it is issued by the highest judicial authority in the country, which is supposed to be the last resort for journalists to challenge the suppressive measures of the authorities.

Al-Zaidi hoped the current issues shall not create any crisis involving journalists on one hand and judicial authorities on the other, particularly when YJS wishes that judiciary will drop the charges against fellow journalist Abdul Karim Al-Khaiwani before Appeal Court.

YJS Deputy Chairman Sa’eed Thabet noted that ruling against Al-Qarni detects some shortcomings in the country’s judicial system, stressing the ruling is politicized.

After issuing the verdict against Al-Khaiwani, Justice Minister early last week attacked journalists and pointed out that they are susceptible to erring and they are not above the law.

At the meantime, the London-based Article 19 Organization expressed its deep concern over the deteriorating situation of press freedom in Yemen.

Article 19 Executive Director Agnes Callamard described the verdict in the case of Al-Khaiwani, which was suddenly amended earlier this week to include the phrase “expedited implementation,” and the ruling against Al-Qarni to be an indictors that Yemen’s free expression is in peril.

In its statement, the organization also urged the Yemeni government to reaffirm its commitment to the protection of human rights as it was set out clearly in the National Reform Agenda, adopted by the government in 2006.

It added that Yemen has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and is therefore obliged as a matter of international law to respect the right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by Article 19 of the ICCPR.

It pointed further that the country has acceded to the Arab Charter on Human Rights which, under Article 32, guarantees the right to information and free expression.

Three Police Injured in Ambush in Abyan

Filed under: Security Forces, South Yemen, TI: Internal, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 10:39 pm on Monday, July 7, 2008

Trend

Three policemen injured in southern Yemen ambush
08.07.08 17:26

Suspected Islamic militants on Tuesday ambushed a police patrol in southern Yemen, injuring three policemen, local sources said.

The police vehicle was attacked while driving on a highway leading to Ja’ar city in the southern province of Abyan, the sources told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

Believed to be members of a militant Islamic group, the attackers opened fire on the vehicle and fled into the mountains, the sources said.

Police forces set up checkpoints and sent troops to the area to chase the attackers, witnesses said.

Ja’ar is located nearly 600 kilometres south of the capital Sana’a, and is close to mountains where armed Islamic groups take shelter.

In March, five policemen were injured in a bomb attack against the local government compound in Ja’ar. Officials said Islamic insurgents were behind the attack.

GPC Official Shot Dead in Sana’a

Filed under: GPC, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 2:54 pm on Friday, July 4, 2008

Bajammal’s Office Director killed by Hamid al-Ahmar’s bodyguards? Its a developing story….
al-Motamar

Almotamar.net – Medical sources have said Friday that Ali Atif, director of the General People’s Congress (GPC) ’s Secretary General Abdulqader Bajammal’s Office died Friday of wounds he received after he came under gunfire attack by gunmen in the capital Sana’a on Thursday evening.

The sources said that that Ali Atif died before reaching the Saudi German Hospital that he was taken after gunfire he came under hitting him in parts close to the heart. In an incident of shooting fire at the area of Hada in the capital. With him in the incident was Industry and Trade Undersecretary Salem Salman, who occupies also the post of the Deputy Head of External Relations Office at the GPC. Mr Salman is still at the hospital under treatment of his wounds.

Eyewitnesses present at the hospital said the Minister of Industry and Trade Dr Abdulkarim Rasie visited the hospital Friday to ask about the health condition of Salem Salman.

The brother of Salem Salman earlier accused bodyguards of Sheikh Hamid al-Ahmar of opening fire in the incident that caused the wounding of his brother and the death of the director of Bajammal office. Security sources that exchange of fire led to the injury of two of sheikh al-Ahmar bodyguards.

Islah: “could happen to anyone”

Yemen Post: Sources close to Islah Party leader Sheikh Hamid Al-Ahmar told the Yemen Post that his special escort Mohammed Al-Quataish died on Saturday evening of wounds he sustained in an exchange of fire incident.

Manager of the ruling party’s secretary general Ali Atef was shot in the same incident that occurred on Thursday and his fellow Salim Mohammed Salman, also a deputy minister in the Ministry of Industry and Trade, was injured as well.

Presidential directives ordered transferring him to India to meet treatment there and sources refused to give details about the incident that involved Al-Ahmar’s guards on one hand and Atef and Salman on the other.

However, the sources blamed the incident on altercation between the guards and Atef in Hadda area of the capital, hinting that another Al-Ahmar’s guard, charged with guarding the house adjoining Atef’s house, was injured as well.

In a statement released on Saturday, the General People Congress (GPC) denounced the attack and described it as a criminal act outside the law.

The statement also noted that Atef was once one of the outstanding leaders and cadres of GPC and demanded the Ministry of Interior and security apparatuses to hunt after the perpetrators and to hold them into account.

In its statement, Islah party denounced politicizing the matter, stressing it a habitual crime that could happen with anyone.

Grenades in Abyan Target Governor’s House

Filed under: Local gov, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:10 am on Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Could be anything….
al-Sahwa

Government facilities targeted in Abyan

Sahwa Net- Security sources in Abyan governorate have affirmed that government facilities in Abyan governorate were targeted with two hand grenades on Saturday.

The sources added that one grenade was exploded at the government compound of Abyan leaving a soldier seriously wounded and the other at a military checkpoint, but there were no damages.

Incidents increased in Abyan lately, whereas the house of Abyan’s governor was targeted with RPG shell last Monday.

Attacks On Members of Al-Tagheer Organization

Filed under: Civil Rights, Civil Society, Reform, Security Forces, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:46 am on Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Initial Report on attacks of Yemen regime against Altagheer members

Introduction:

Al-tagheer Organization for Rights and Defense is a Yemeni comprised of a number of rights activists; politicians, media men, parliament members and other important social groups. The Org. has been active for more than a year, held founding conference on 19th Feb. 2008.

The purpose of the organization is to enhance respect towards human rights, defense law, constitution and freedom of speech, stabilize basics of equal citizenship, establish concepts of wise ruling, oppose violence and revive culture of tolerance and contribution in democratic change.

The Org. is currently facing strong opposition by the regime, which is embodied in a series of attacks targeting the leadership and the founding members, as follows:

Dr Nasser Al-khubbagi:

Dr Nasser Al-khubbagi , a member of the House of Representatives and a founding member of Al-tagheer , is threatened with an arrest and has been prevented from going to the House since 13th Oct2007, for having protested against firing on Radfan locals by Security Forces , while the locals were preparing for the festival of Yemen Revolution. The firing led to fifteen wounded and four killed while the criminals are still not captured. Many attempts were made to capture Al-khubbagi, the first of which was on 13th May 2008, but he survived . His car was confiscated and his driver, Nasser Mohammad Saleh, and bodyguard both were illegally arrested and still at the Sana’a Political Security Prison , without allowing being visited .

Al-khubbagi has been prevented from going to the House for more than eight months due to such a threat.

Salah Qaid Saleh:

Salah Qaid Saleh , a member of parliament, of the House Committee of General Freedom and Rights and a founding member of Al –tagheer was threatened to be arrested on the basis of Southern peaceful protests and has been prevented from going to the House since more than eight months, while an attempt of arrest was made on April 2008.

Mohammad Mohammad Muftah:

Mohammad Mohammad Muftah, a member of the Org., managerial staff . His car, in which he was with two of his children, was fired, and he has been coercively taken to unknown place since 21 May. 2008 up till now, has already been tried and sentenced to eight years imprisonment, of which two were executed, rearrested for a week by the authority, and he was released after efforts of local and international rights and media orgs, were made .

Abdulkareem Alkhaiwani:

Abdulkareem Alkhaiwani, a leading Yemeni journalist , a political activist, a founding member, has suffered a lot due to writing on bequeathing of power and his opposing attitudes towards policy of Saleh regime . He has already been sentenced to one year imprisonment, a half of which was spent, arrested more than once, beaten in front of his children. On 9th June he was sentenced to six years imprisonment, by specialized Penal Court, for having USB Flash Disk, CDs and Documents containing journalistic items related to Sada’a war.

Yahya Ghalib Ahmad:

Yahya Ghalib Ahmad, a lawyer, a rights activist, and a founding member, was arrested on 31 of March, at night, taken to unknown place. 20th days later, he was confirmed to have been referred, in chains, to Sana’a, and still there up till now . He is suffering from hepatitis and the authority refused to take him to hospital, which resulted in health decline. The political Security Apparatuses prevented leadership of Altagheer, among of them, MPs Ahmed Saif Hashid, Mohammad Alassaly, Abdulbari Aldughaish, Dr. Mohammad Saleh, from paying a visit to Yahya, however, they had a prior permission by General prosecutor. He is being tried at the Specialized Penal Court on backgrounds of Southern peaceful protests, threatened to heavy punishment, possibly execution.

Yasser Alwazeer:

Yasser Alwazeer was arrested on 5th June 2008, and abducted by unknown figures, without be known about him up till now. He was constantly threatened with an arrest or disappearance by figures from the political Security of Old Sana’a.

Mohammad Mohammad Almaqaleh:

Mohammad Mohammad Almaqaleh , a political activist and founding member, was arrested at 22 April. 2008, due to a laughing claimed to be an insult to justice, from the inside of the court while attending the trial session of Alkhaiwani, illegally prevented from being visited at the precautionary Jail, subjected to unjustified threats due to opposing attitudes towards the authority’s choices embodied in solving its problems by resorting to fighting opponents (Sada’a War) or to fighting his fellow journalists, who suffer constant attacks. It is confirmed that a sentence would be issued against him during this month (June 2008) since the case is being seized by the court.

Mueen Ibraheem Almutawakil:

Mueen Ibraheem Almutawakil, a founding member, was driving his car in front of Sana’a University of Science with his sister and daughter, on 27 April, when two cars (Hilux), on of them has a number of 2- 47690, faced them, with figures coming out raising guns. He was taken coercively into the cars to an unknown place, and up till now he is still hidden.

Ali Hussein Aldailami:

Ali Hussein Aldailami, a rights activist, Secretary General of Altagheer. His house was surrounded and attacked on 26 of May 2008, family and children were frightened by Security forces. Ali had already been abducted at Sana’a Airport when he was travelling to a press conference in Denmark with the result that he did not participated, and spent more than a month in prison, coercive hiding.

Mohammad Ahmed Albuthaigi:

Mohammad Ahmed Albuthaigi, rights activist and a founding member, was arrested for three hours on 26 of May 2008 by Police Personnel while covering events of Aden University Students’ sit-in . His camera and mobile were both taken, receiving verbal abuses, threatened to be hidden in dark jails, due to journalistic activities.

Hassan Ali Aldhailami:

Hassan Ali Aldhailami, a founding member, and rights activist was subjected to an attack and arrest for a day on 26 of May 2008 when the Security forces attacked his brother’s house.

Ali Mohammad Muqbil Alaod:

Ali Mohammad Muqbil Alaod, a founding member and a local council member in Aldhalea governorate, was arrested in 22 May. 2008 by the Central Security Forces upon objecting repressing detainees . He was freed six hours later after he had been tortured.

Yahya Mohammad Alshawbagi:

Yahya Mohammad Alshawbagi, a founding member, a former local council member in Aldhalea, was arrested at 10 P.M on 5 March2008, imprisoned for two days on backgrounds of Southern peaceful protests.

Anees Thabet Mohammad:

Anees Thabet Mohammad, Founding member of Altagheer, is a delegated professor at Radfan Faculty of Education, was and still subjected to security inconveniences at his place of work and residence .

At last, we hope all local, regional and global human rights organizations be jointly liable with Al-Tagheer members attack-victims, and to exert pressure on the regime for releasing the detainees and stating the fate of the coercively-hidden members .

We further hold the authority accountable for all these attacks, we also would like to remind that rights can never be ignored even if it is too late.

Issued by:

Altagheer Organization for Rights and Freedom Defense

Sana’a – 16 June. 2008

Totals in Southern Protests: 487 arrested

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:20 pm on Friday, May 9, 2008

I recorded 22 killed since August but the JMP is saying 25.

May 8, 2008

Alsahwa.net – Leadership of the Joint Meeting Parties has expressed discontent over the Yemeni authorities’ continuation in detaining JMP’s members and activists.

In a rally which was held on Wednesday and Thursday, JMP leaders said that the authorities suppressed their activities in various provinces, leaving 25 killed, 47 wounded and 487 arrested, victims of peaceful struggle, in 2007 alone.

At least 487 people were arrested, majority of them are from Lahj and al-Dhala’a governorates, according to the protestors.

Protests have spread across the country organized by JMP and former southern officers, but also triggered by the soaring cost of foodstuff.

Baoum is very sick, his family said in a release.

May 3, 2008

Alsahwa.net -Yemeni NGOs denounced Saturday political activists arrests in Aden, Dhala’a, Abayan, lahj, Hadhramout , Taiz and the secretariat capital .

In a sit-in , they expressed their refusal to attempts of militarizing civil life, imposing state of undeclared emergency and passing laws which aims to marginalize democracy.

In a statement, they declared their solidarity with political prisoners who were detained in a way which is inconsistent with all international conventions, demanding to immediately free top leaders of the Yemeni Social Parties Ali Monasar, Hassan Ba Oam , Yahya Ghalib as well as the comedian Fahd al-Qarni.

Four Soldiers Killed in Amran

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Saada War, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:16 pm on Friday, May 9, 2008

M&C:

Sana’a, Yemen – Four soldiers were wounded in a clash with armed tribesmen in the north-western Yemeni province of Amran on Thursday, local sources said.

The sources said the shootout broke out after security forces tried to capture gunmen besieging a local government building in the Harf Sufian district of Amran.

Harf Sufian, about 150 kilometres north-west of the capital Sana’a, is on the main road linking Sana’a with the restive Saada province where skirmishes between the army and Shiite rebels have been raging on and off since 2004.

It was not immediately clear whether the gunmen were members of the Shiite rebel group.

Armed clashes between tribesmen and government forces are not unusual in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country where tribes are heavily armed.

Houthis? In Amran?

SANAA (AFP) — Four Yemeni soldiers were killed and two others were wounded on Thursday when they were ambushed by suspected Shiite rebel gunmen in the northwestern region of Amran, a local official said.

The attack targeted the convoy of army colonel Hamid al-Qoud as it passed through Harf Sufian market in Amran, 55 kilometres (34 miles) northwest of the capital Sanaa, the official said, requesting anonymity.

He said that the gunmen, thought to be Huthi rebels, fled the scene in a car after the attack.

Amran is on the road linking Sanaa with the rebel stronghold in Saada. The official said that police have set up roadblocks on the route in the hunt for the attackers.

More than 50 people have been killed in renewed violence between security forces and rebels over the past week, including 18 who died in a blast outside a mosque after Friday prayers six days ago.

Skillful Jihaddists or Local Jihaddists

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Military, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:04 am on Friday, April 18, 2008

Its possible they just live in Mareb, and know like everybody else the schedule of the checkpoint. Either way, these poor soldiers were caught up in somebody else’s game.

RSN

Yemen: The Skillful Jihadist Attack and Signs of Trouble
Stratfor©
April 16, 2008
Summary
Three police officers died in an April 16 explosion in Yemen’s Marib province. The sophistication of the attack is further indication that some of the country’s jihadist cells are becoming increasingly skillful — and that spells trouble for the already volatile Middle Eastern country.

Analysis

A bomb explosion killed three policemen and injured four civilians early April 16 in Yemen’s Marib province. The bombing is the latest in a string of jihadist attacks to hit Yemen in recent weeks.

The blast occurred about 8:30 a.m. local time at a spot where the officers reportedly parked every day. Marib Gov. Aref al Zoka said the explosion was caused by a land mine, while a security source told Agence France-Presse it was detonated by remote control. These are not necessarily conflicting statements, however. The bomber could have used a command detonation firing chain to make a mine into a remote-controlled improvised explosive device (IED). Many mines, such as claymores, frequently are used in this fashion. (Read on …)

Ruling Party MP Assassinated in Saada

Filed under: GPC, Targeting, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:47 am on Friday, April 18, 2008

Tribal, Houthis, al-Qaeda, the regime?

ABC: A politician from Yemen’s ruling party has been shot dead by gunmen in the northwestern region of Saada.

Witnesses say the General People’s Congress member, Saleh al-Hindi, and two bodyguards were killed when their car was sprayed with bullets.

The Saada province has been the scene of a rebellion by members of the Zaidi community, a Shiite offshoot.

While it is not clear who is responsible for the attack, al-Hindi was known to support government efforts to subdue the rebels.

Hendi _ a former leader of the opposition Socialist party who heads a prominent tribe in Saada _ has survived several previous assassination attempts. Hendi left the Socialists about four years ago and joined the ruling party.

Update: tribal, military, Houthis?

Government and Houthis exchange accusation over killing tribal sheikh
Saturday 19 April 2008 / Mareb Press

Member of parliament Sheikh Saleh Daghsan was killed on Friday in Saada province, northern Yemen, by unknown gunmen who sprayed bullets on the car when he was on his way to Saada.

Daghsan’s son and one of the bodyguards were killed in the attack and three others bodyguards were injured.

Sheikh Daghsan was the head of a prominent tribe in Saada and he was supporting the governmental efforts to subdue rebels led by Abdul-Malik Houthi in the Saada province.

Meanwhile, the government and al-Houhti rebels have exchanged accusations over the assassination of Sheikh Daghsan.

The governor of Saada province accused in statement for al-Jazeera Channel Huothi followers of killing sheikh Daghsan as an attempt to evade the implementation of the Qatari-brokered agreement between the government and al-Houthis.

On other hand, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi condemned in a press release the attack and described it as regrettable incident.

“The killing of the Member of Parliament sheikh Saleh Daghsan Hinidi and his Ahmed Saleh comes within the framework of the violations and attacks committed by the government against Saada citizens,” Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said in the press release.

A close source to Daghsan said, “The killing of the sheikh is connected with a revenge issue between his tribe and another tribe.”

Al-Qaeda Threatens Leadership in Mareb, and an Explosion

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, GPC, Military, Tribes, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:44 pm on Saturday, April 12, 2008

Mareb Press

Al Qaeda threatens leadership in Mareb
Local News: One soldier killed in Mareb
Saturday 12 April 2008 / Mareb Press

One soldier was killed on Saturday by unknown men on Safer road in Mareb province.

The attackers opened fire on an army vehicle leading to the death of one solider. The attackers were able to run away.

The security apparatus are still search and investigating to know the attackers.

On other hand, unknown men threw a bomb on the building of the Command of Middle Region causing no casualties.

It’s worth mentioning that the building of the Command of Middle Region was exposed to a number of attacks during the last months. The attacks allegedly carried out by Al Qaede. The attack occurred during day time not at night as usual.

Unknown men have distributed publications threatening the leadership and social figures in Mareb with death for being involved, as they claimed, in killing four Al Qaeda men.

The publications which include poems also praise and lament the four Al Qaeda men.

And a bombing

Almotamar.net – An explosion resounded near gates of the Mareb governorate building and the General People’s Congress (GPC) branch headquarters at 7:30 pm Saturday.

The governor of Mareb Arif al-Zoka confirmed to almotamar.net the occurrence of the explosion and said it has not caused any damage and investigations were underway to disclose complications of the incident.

On his part the head of the GPC branch in the governorate Abdulwahid al-Qabali told almotamar.net that no damage happened or casualties due to the explosion except for slight damage to the gate of the GPC branch building.

The GPC leading member did not exclude political motives behind the incident of which the police are still investigating.

Land Dispute Turns Violent

Filed under: Civil Rights, Civil Unrest, Military, Yemen, land disputes, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:38 pm on Saturday, April 12, 2008

al-Sahwa

April 12, 2008- Over 30 armed men took over on Friday a government corporation in Joar ,Abyan, claiming their possession of its land

Eyewitnesses affirmed that shootout broke out between the gunmen and army’s forces.

Three gunmen were arrested while they were heading to the house of the governor of , Mohammad Shamlan to explain the reasons behind their act.

On the other hand, another government club was dominated by gunmen in Khanfar, Abyan, claiming that they possess the club which was nationalized by the government prior to Yemen’s unification.

IED or Landmine

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:22 pm on Thursday, April 10, 2008

AFP, 4/16

SANAA (AFP) — Three Yemeni policemen were killed and four wounded on Wednesday when a bomb went off as they parked their car in the city of Marib, security and hospital sources said.

The blast occurred at the spot where the policemen parked every day in the city located around 170 kilometres (105 miles) east of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, destroying the vehicle, witnesses said.

A security source in Marib told AFP that the bomb was detonated by remote control at 8:15 am (0515 GMT), while Marib’s governor was quoted as saying the blast resulted from a landmine.

The explosion was the latest in a series of recent attacks, including two targeting US interests and claimed by Al-Qaeda.

The latest bombing “carries the hallmarks of Al-Qaeda,” the security source said.

The website of the Yemeni defence ministry quoted Marib governor Aref al-Zouka as saying two police affiliated to the central security forces were killed and four wounded when a landmine blew up their vehicle.

He said the patrol was made up of seven men, but did not mention the fate of the seventh.

According to sources close to the local government in Marib, the blast followed a series of attacks targeting a local military commander.

Gunmen fired at the military commander’s car on Sunday, killing his driver and wounding four people. The military chief was not in the vehicle at the time of the attack.

On Monday, two rockets were fired at the military headquarters of Marib province, but they landed in an empty lot and caused no casualties.

The same sources said that a bomb planted at the main entrance of the provincial government headquarters was defused before it went off on Monday.

The US embassy in Sanaa said last week it was ordered by the State Department to evacuate non-essential personnel and had banned embassy staff from travelling outside Sanaa following March 18 and April 6 attacks targeting American interests in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula state.

Al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen, which calls itself the Jund al-Yemen Brigades, claimed in an Internet statement to have targeted the embassy in the March 18 attack, in which a schoolgirl and a policeman were killed and 19 people wounded.

There were no casualties in the second attack, in which militants fired rockets at residences of US oilmen in Sanaa and which was also claimed by Al-Qaeda’s Yemen wing.

Second Checkpoint Attack Injures Soldiers in South

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Military, Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:48 am on Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Bomb attack, last time it was RPG’s.

SANAA, April 8 (Reuters) - Six soldiers were wounded in a bomb attack on their checkpoint in a town in south Yemen where violent job protests have raged for 10 days, a security official said.

“Two of them are in a critical condition … They were wounded in an bomb attack last night (Monday),” the official told Reuters.

Fifteen people suspected of involvement in the attack are being questioned. The official gave no further details about the incident in Lahj province near Aden, the Arab country’s main port city.

Rioting by youths demanding jobs has erupted in several southern towns over the past 10 days. Politicians have said they are concerned the unrest could be used to drum up calls for the secession of the south, home of Yemen’s oil industry.

One soldier was killed and seven people were wounded on Monday when government forces clashed with protesters in Dalea province.

State jobs or joining the army are among the main sources of employment in Yemen, one of the poorest countries outside Africa. More than half the workforce is in the agricultural sector and one diplomat estimated unemployment at 17 percent.

MP al-Shanfarah Wanted for Sedition

Filed under: Parliament, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 11:55 am on Monday, April 7, 2008

Yemen Times:

The attacks came after Salah Al-Shanfarah, a Parliament member and prominent leader in the Yemeni Socialist Party, threatened to resort to armed struggle and revolution against the state authorities. In a statement last Friday in Al-Dhale’, Al-Shanfarah said, “We shall announce revolution and armed struggle in the mountains of Al-Dhale’, Yafei, and Radfan.”

“They [state's leaders] should know that our areas are not like those of Sa’ada and our men are not like Al-Houthi’s, whom we highly respect. We have military plans that are accurate and scientific that can destroy their [state's leaders] army,” he added.

He further noted that if the blockade continues and security forces conduct attacks on citizens’ homes arbitrarily, then locals of Al-Dhale’ province will carry out operations that target high-ranking figures in the state.

“Al-Dhale’ city is about to see a large humanitarian crisis if southerners do not move now,” said Al-Shanfarah. “You southerners go to your positions in Radfan, Al-Dhale’, Yafei, Al-Mahfad, Mukairas, Baihan and all the cities bordering northern Yemen that occupied our land and country,” he said.

Interior Ministry asks Prosecution to lift immunity of MP al-Shanfara
Monday, 07-April-2008
Almotamar.net – The Yemen Ministry of Interior on Monday requested from the Yemeni General Prosecution lifting the parliamentary immunity of MP Salah al-Shanfara. Deputy Premier, the Minister of Interior Dr Rashad al-Alimi said in a parliament closed-door meeting on Monday the Ministry requested the lifting of parliamentary immunity of MP al-Shanfara in order to arrest him and refer him to justice over his involvement in the destruction and riot acts happened in Al-Dhalie city recently.

26september.net has quoted a security source as saying al-Shanfara is accused of being involved in the riot and sabotage acts in the city of Al-Dhalie in the past days and for his behaviour and statements that are considered a violation of the constitution and the law. In his statements he has called for an armed revolt for confroinmgting the state’s authorities and instigating sedition, rousing hatred and threatening the national unity in addition to his threatening of suicide operations and targeting armed forces and security.
It is to be recalled that al-Shanfara is among the most wanted persons over the acts of riot and destruction in Al-Dhalie and he is still at large while security authorities are chasing him for arrest and sending to judiciary authorities.

Security forces have on Monday seized 52 pieces of weapon, among them snipers when some sabotage elements attempted to storm a security checkpoint on Dhalie-Qataba road. One soldier was killed and other four were wounded in addition to injury of two persons in confrontation between security forces and a group of young persons in unrest act carried out by those persons.

NDC Discusses Governors Elections by Local Councils

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Military, Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:33 pm on Saturday, April 5, 2008

al-Motamar

NDC approved speeding up measures of governors election
Wednesday, 09-April-2008
Almotamar.net – The National Defence Council (NDC) on Wednesday affirmed the measures taken by the government and judicial authorities by sending to court all the elements violating the constitution and the law and involved in the acts of sabotage, unrest and chaos.

The NDC stressed, in its meeting today chaired by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the commander in chief of the armed forces, on the speed of carrying out what the cabinet approved of transferring all financial appropriations concerning development and services projects in governorates to the local authorities in the manner enhancing powers of the local authorities as stipulated in the law.

The National Defence Council also considered the report presented by the committee formed by the cabinet concerning the follow-up of the events and developments in the national arena and settling the issues. The committee is chaired by the Vice-President Abid Rabu Mansour Hadi. the report includes the measures and decisions the committee has taken regarding the issues and subjects that have been presented to it and has discussed them in the past period pertaining to the events and their field developments and in the fields of security, information and administrative and development.

The NDC approved referring all that was mentioned in the report to government authorities, the local authority and the judicial authority for taking executive measures that would lead to achieving public peace and safeguarding the social peace as well as to speed up development efforts in various Yemeni governorates.

The council also studied proposals on developing the local authority system and the moving to the local rule of wide-range powers. As a first step the council approved acceleration of the legal measures for amending the law of the local authority concerning the election of governors of provinces via elector body in each governorate composed of members of local councils of governorates and districts and that is due to the dictates f the public interest and for expansion of the people’s participation in running local affairs in embodiment of the democratic exercise and in service of goals of development. The candidates to the governor post are the chairman of the local council provided he meets the legal provisions. This would be a first step to be followed by election of the heads of districts.

The council also studied the fabrication of demonstrations for destructive motives aimed at impeding the march of development and investment and directed the concerned authorities to take the executive and security measures for preventing unlicensed demonstrations. The council also approved the basic goals of the strategy of the political and executive work and the information address of the next period and directed to the speeding of finalizing the plan and to be referred to the cabinet to approval and execution.

The council also listened to report on the terrorist events and operations perpetrated by some terrorist elements and the measures that have been taken about them and the council emphasized on the security apparatuses to take measures of investigation and arrest perpetrators of those acts and to send them to court as well as taking precautionary and preventive measures.

Attacks Against Female Schools

Filed under: Elections, Islah, Religious, Women's Issues, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 12:43 pm on Saturday, March 22, 2008

Yemen Observer

Principals of all girls’ schools in Sana’a staged a sit-in at the 7th of July school on Wednesday, condemning the attack and at the same time condemning the silence of official authorities and the teachers syndicate about the previous attack that targeted 7th of July school principal Shafia’a al-Seragi. Supporters of al-Seragi said that this silence encouraged the terrorists to launch the second brutal attack.

“Any man that beats a woman, whether she is a teacher, a principal or even an ordinary woman is a coward, as are the officials that close their eyes to violence committed against women,” said the principal of al-Nizari girls’ school.

Three principals of girls’ schools, including al-Seragi, have been attacked in the past two weeks. The three attacked principals are believed to be political and social activists that promote girls’ education and the adoption of new educational methods that prohibit violence in schools.

In addition to the beating of Shafia’a al-Seragi by three men, a principal of a school in Hodeidah was beaten by five women from the Islah Islamic party and also received threats of having her house blown up. A third principal’s car was stolen and had its seats and tires stripped. Her house electricity was cut off by unidentified persons at the same time that the other two female principals were attacked.

Landmines

Filed under: Donors, UN, Security Forces, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 12:37 pm on Saturday, March 22, 2008

In April 2007, there were 60 injuries in Saada from landmines, as opposed to the normal 4 per month. Its good work to clear them.

Landmines

SANAA, 21 March 2008 (IRIN) – The UN Development Programme (UNDP) office in Yemen has said areas with a high density of landmines have been cleared, but challenges remain.

Yuka Ogata, UNDP’s Crisis Prevention and Recovery programme officer, told IRIN that landmines were still a big problem: “There were many victims, often women and children, and they either became handicapped or were killed,” she said, adding that affected agricultural land lay idle.

The Yemen Mine Action Centre (YMAC) plans to rid the country of landmines by March 2009, but Yuka said Yemen would probably be unable to achieve that goal because of lack of funds. (Read on …)

Bomb in Aden

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:32 am on Wednesday, March 19, 2008

This is all so not good:

Aden, Wednesday, small bomb

ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) – A small bomb exploded in a market in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden on Wednesday but caused no casualties, witnesses said, a day after three mortars hit a school near the U.S. embassy in Sanaa.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the bomb, which went off near a bank, but residents said that the market was not busy at the time.

Abyan, Tuesday, bomb at a police station (possibly a local council office) wounds five soliders.

Sana’a, Tuesday, three mortars launched at US Embassy

Amran, grenade, Sunday

One soldier died and 12 security men were seriously injured when grenades were detonated in a qat market in Amran, north of the capital Sana’a, a security source said.

The security source in Amran province told the September26.net website, a news source of the Yemeni army, that the incident took place around midnight on Sunday after security services received reports of an armed presence in the market.

More on the Aden Bomb:

Almotamar.net – An explosion of an explosive charge shook Wednesday Crator district in Aden governorate. The explosive charge went off beside the Yemeni National Bank but did not cause any human or material losses.

Local sources told almotamar.net mentioned that the explosion happened at 1:40 pm on Wednesday. Eyewitnesses related to almotamar.net that security men imposed security cordon in the area and hastened for investigation into complications of the incident and hunt down the perpetrators to learn motives of the criminal act.

A number of Aden city inhabitants expressed to almotamar.net their condemnation of such criminal acts that are alien to the Yemeni society and aim at destabilizing security and public peace.

It is to be recalled that security apparatuses had last week defused an explosive charge put close to the headquarters of Aden governorate along the road to Al-Mualla.

No injuries were reported Wednesday from a midday bombing in Aden, southern Yemen near the National Bank. Yesterday in Abyan, an early morning explosion wounded five solders at a government building. Last week in Aden, security forces defused an explosive device near a main road. Seventeen protesters were killed in South Yemen since regional unrest began in May. Al-Qaeda claimed two lethal attacks on tourists since July.

2007 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – Yemen

Filed under: Civil Rights, GPC, South Yemen, USA, Yemen, political violence, prisons — by Jane Novak at 7:02 am on Monday, March 17, 2008

Its getting more accurate I think.

Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
March 11, 2008

UNHCR

Yemen, with a population of more than 21 million, is a republic whose law provides that the president be elected by popular vote from among at least two candidates endorsed by parliament. In September 2006 citizens re-elected President Ali Abdullah Saleh to another seven-year term in a generally open and competitive election, characterized by multiple problems with the voting process and the use of state resources on behalf of the ruling party. Saleh has led the country since 1978. The president appoints the prime minister, who is the head of government. The prime minister, in consultation with the president, selects the Cabinet, or Council of Ministers. Although there is a multiparty system, the General People’s Congress Party (GPC) dominates the government. While civilian authorities generally maintained effective control of the security forces, there were a few instances in which elements of the security forces acted independently of government authority.

During a January-to-June third round of conflict which began in 2004, the government used heavy force in an attempt to suppress the al-Houthi rebels of Saada Governorate. Although there were no reliable estimates of numbers of rebels and civilians killed at year’s end, an estimated 700 to 1,000 government troops were killed and more than 5,000 were wounded.

Significant human rights problems existed. There were limitations on citizens’ ability to change their government due to corruption, fraudulent voter registration, and administrative weakness. There were reports that government forces committed arbitrary and unlawful killings, and torture and poor conditions existed in many prisons. Prolonged pretrial detention and judicial weakness and serious corruption were also problems. During the year, arbitrary arrest and detention increased, particularly of individuals with suspected links to the al-Houthi movement, who were forcibly removed from Saada and imprisoned in neighboring governorates. Restrictions on freedoms of speech, press, and peaceful assembly increased significantly. Pervasive discrimination against women also occurred, as well as child labor and child trafficking.

RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (Read on …)

Protests in Aden Protesting the Last Protests and Subsequent Targeting

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Employment, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence, theft: land other — by Jane Novak at 9:25 pm on Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Since August, 17 protesters in the South were killed and none of the security forces have been held accountable, only the protest organizers in some bizarre legal theory. But the repetitive killings are either premeditiated or the security forces are our of control entirely. Apparently people are still being fired for political reasons and the land theft continues unabated.

Alsahwa.net

March 3, 2008 – Aden province witnessed Monday two political marches in which participators demanded to prosecute the involved of murdering two demonstrators in January as well as protesting price hike of commodities .

In a statement, the Joint Meeting Parties said that they arranged the protest in order to demand their political and civil rights.

The statement also accused the authorities of provoking troubles in the South and refusing to bring the killers of protestors to justice and continue in land plundering and southerners firing policies.

The statement further condemned all crimes practiced against southerners as well as targeting peaceful struggles.

Freedom House Report 2007

Filed under: Civil Rights, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:56 pm on Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Freedom House

Yemen is not an electoral democracy. The country appears to have a relatively open democratic system, with citizens voting for president and members of Parliament. However, Yemen’s politics are dominated by the ruling GPC party, which has increased the number of elected Parliament seats it holds from 145 in 1993 to 237 in the current Parliament. The government structure suffers from the absence of any significant limits on the executive’s authority.

Yemen (2007)
Population: 21,600,000

Capital: Sanaa

Political Rights Score: 5
Civil Liberties Score: 5
Status: Partly Free

Overview

Yemen held presidential and local council elections in September 2006. President Ali Abdullah Saleh was reelected with 77 percent of the vote, and his party, the General People’s Congress, overwhelmingly won the municipal elections. The balloting was marred by some violence and opposition accusations of fraud. Serious press freedom violations, including the closure of newspapers and detention of journalists, also accompanied the election season. (Read on …)

Smashing Internet Editors Cars Continues

Filed under: Media, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:12 pm on Tuesday, March 4, 2008

First Yemen Portal’s car gets smashed, then Yemen Post’s, now its Yemen Online:

Attacking the car of Yemenonline’s Managing Editor-
March 5, 2008-Unknown persons smashed car windows of managing editor of Yemen Online Ali Moqbil .This came after many threats received by Yemenonline dialy news site as suspicious and it works against the Yemeni regime for the benefit of the West. The site stopped updating news for a week until the accident occurred today. Yemenonline has issued press statement confirmed the intention of the news site to continue the publishing of daily news and that these threats will not stop yemenOnline to keep looking for the truth everywhere in Yemen.Yemen had phblished special daily news focusing on Sadda war via its correspondent there.

Abdurrahim Mohsen Wins Case for Puntive Discharge from Presidential Office

Filed under: Media, Presidency, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 10:35 pm on Thursday, February 7, 2008

I remember this guy. He was kidnapped in 2005 or 2006, and then they spread some false allegations about him.

Yemen Times
SANA’A, Feb. 5 — The Presidential Office has agreed to execute a court verdict regarding the case of journalist and government worker Abdurrahim Mohsen and his three colleagues, in addition to approving financial compensation for them effective from the first day of their banishment from their government posts following the 1994 Civil War, according to attorney Jamal Al-Ja’abi.

Additionally, “The Presidential Office has decreed that Mohsen cease criticizing it in newspapers and other media outlets,” Al-Ja’abi stated during his defense of Mohsen and his colleagues before the court.

The West Capital Court issued a preliminary ruling 10 days ago regarding the cases of those government employees transferred from Yemen’s southern governorates to Sana’a following reunification in May 1990. Among them were Abdurrahim Mohsen, Fadhl Mohammed Al-Abdali, Labib Abdurrahman Al-Absi and Kamal Mohammed Al-Hakimi.

The court’s ruling cancels 2003’s administrative decision No. 20, which transferred Mohsen, former press officer and manager of the Presidential Office’s Foreign Media Department, and his co-workers to the Information Ministry.

The court verdict states that Mohsen and his colleagues must receive compensation, allowances and other entitlements effective from 2003, according to the law. It further obliges the Presidential Office to pay their allowances and compensation, as well as reimburse their court costs.

Their attorneys maintain that the Presidential Office should carry out the verdict because it concerns the entitlements of those government workers who were forcibly dismissed from their jobs, adding that the court’s verdict upholds their rights.

Similar government employees who were transferred from southern Yemen to Sana’a have been exposed to arbitrary procedures dismissing them from their posts following the 1994 Civil War. Mainly affected were those in senior and high-ranking government posts, although they were appointed by republican decree to occupy such posts.

Mohsen is a political activist and founder of a Yemeni opposition movement called “Quit,” which has been demanding that President Ali Abdullah Saleh quit power. He is a well-known critic of the government who has been subjected to various forms of harassment, including kidnapping and arrest, over the past several years because of his articles about Yemen’s government and its policies.

3 Dead, 12 Wounded in Aden

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 5:50 pm on Sunday, January 13, 2008

3 were shot dead and 12 wounded in Aden, Yemen during a demonstration at Al-Haashimi esplanade today.

Eye witness reports stated that National Security forces shot without warning from rooftops down on to demonstrators. Southern Yemen protesters were meeting to publicly reconcile opposing tribes that clashed on this day in 1986 and unify against northern political oppression. Lack of jobs, lack of fair political representation, and forcibly retired southern military personnel who were replaced by northerners were named as causes of today’s demonstration. During an interview a witness reported that demonstrators would resolve to maintain a peaceful stance after the shootings.

(So of course, the military’s website says the protesters planted a bomb. Next they will ask for more counter-terror funding. )

SANA’A, NewsYemen

Two demonstrators were killed and more than ten injured in clashes between riot police and demonstrators in a rally called “Reconciliation and Forgiveness Rally for Southern Provinces”.

Riot police claimed that a citizen started shooting at them from a place near Al-Hashimi Square where demonstrators rallied.
Opposition sources said three people from Yafei were killed as riot police shot bullets and tear bombs after people insisted to gather at the square.

Security of Sheikh Othman denied security forces opened fire and said unknown armed men shot riot police from places near the square injuring a policeman.

Opposition in Aden that supported the rally refused official claims and said Aden was surrounded by security forces since Saturday, Jan. 12, to prevent denying demonstrators to carry weapons.

While Joint Meeting Parties, opposition parties, denounced “the mobilization of security forces against people who gathered for a massive forgiveness among southern provinces, the ruling party accused opposition of “brining to mind bloody events occurred in January 13, 1986 and using people as a fuel against the state under the pretext of serving the country”.

NY’s correspondent said that leaders in the Joint Meeting Parties, correspondent of al-Ayyam independent daily in Lahj. He said he could also see some protestors attacking shops and blazing tyres. He said security forces were still deployed around al-Hashimi Square for any negative reactions.

On January 13, 1986, a violent struggle began in Aden between Ali Nasir Mohammad, former president of Southern Yemen, and the returned from exile Abdul Fattah Ismail, president of southern Yemen before Ali Naser, and their supporters.
Fighting lasted for more than a month and resulted in thousands of casualties, Ali Nasir was ousted and Ismail was killed. Some 60,000 persons, including Ali Nasir and his supporters, fled to the northern Yemen.

Yemenis in south called for this rally to announce reconciliation and forgiveness in south and to unite stances against what they said “wrong policy of regime in Sana’a and difficult living standards”.

For months, southern provinces have witnessed protests demanding the rights of military an civilian retirees in particular and confiscated lands and properties after war in 1994 between north and south in general.

Al-Sahwa

January 13, 2008 – Two protestors were killed and 6 other were wounded in confrontations between security forces and thousands of participants in a rally held Sunday in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden.

Sources told Alsahwa.net that the two killed; Saleh al-Bakri, Mohammad Ali immediately died after they were transferred to hospital.

The security forces used live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear-gas bombs to disperse the protestors calling for greater rights and benefits.

The clashes erupted when some demonstrators chanted slogans and revolutionary songs in which they demanded the dependence of the South and return of two former president, Ali Naser Mohammed and Ali Salem al-Beedh . They further raised the flag of the former South, the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen, demanding a popular revolution against what they termed the occupation of the South and looting of its resources.

North and South Yemen were united in 1990. In 1994, a southern bid to break away was conquered by northern forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh .

MP Aidroos Asks Saleh to Save the People from Governor al-Kohlani, and his Security Forces

January 13, 2008 – Head of the parliamentary bloc of the Yemeni Social Party Aidros al-Naqib has held the governor of Aden Ahmed al-Kohlani responsible for the bloody clashes erupted Sunday at Sheikh Othman in Aden.

He appealed the President, in a statement to Alsahwa.net, to immediately interfere in order to save Aden’s citizens from the suppression of al-Kohalani and his security director, Abdullah Qairan .

“Such arbitrary acts against a rally calling for compromise showed that the authorities have no links to tolerance and moderation as they always claimed” al-Naqib wondered.

He warned the authorities of claiming the international community to intervene to solve the dispute if the government do not hold the involved accountable.

For his part, the senior leader of JMP in Hadhramout , Mohsin Ba Sora ,expressed surprise over such repressions taken by Aden authorities against protestors.

11 Arrested, Authorities

almotamar.net – The local authority in Aden announced Sunday that two persons were killed and other 7 were injured, among them two security men the condition of one of them is serious during holding the so-called festival of reconciliation at the Al-Hashimi Square on Sunday.

Secretary General of the local council of the governorate Abdulkarim Shaef said in a press conference today evening that the two killed persons are Mohammed Ali Ahmed, 30, from Jabal Habshi, Taiz governorate and Saleh Abu Bakr al-Bakri, 70, affirming that they have nothing to do with the alleged festival.

In reply to almotamar.net question Shaef asserted about impact of those protest that there are big negative impact and what it resulted of problems on investment in Aden and the effect of that on every house in Aden and entire Yemen.

He pointed out that the Yemen Socialist Party managed the protests from its offices whereas the Islah party did not register any participation in the event.

The secretary general of Aden local council said the YSP did not apply to license for the activity and that three persons among them editor in chief of Attariq newspaper Ayman Mohammed Nasser were the ones who applied to the license.

Aden security chief Abdullah Qiran announced on his part the detention of 51who were present in the coasts and suspicious places without carrying identity cards. He added they were retained for 24 hours and were released at today afternoon. He added that 11 persons have been detained over the events of riot that took place today and they would be sent to prosecution for interrogation, denying the arrest of any others over the e vent.

The security chief at the pres conference called on the families of the victims to attend the investigation session with the detainees if they wished that.

GPC mouthpiece of Saleh’s rulingparty, the GPC, events were “fabricated”. The want to hold responsible the people who created the chaos- ie, the protest organizers.

almotamar.net – The General People’s Congress (GPC) condemned Sunday the sabotage acts that took place in Aden governorate on an occasion the GPC described as fabricated and which was supposed to be respected with calmness and grandeur rather than chaos and attempt of collapse.

The GPC General Secretariat said in a statement that the tears attempted to be shed on the martyr of 13 January could have been spared without new martyrs and wounded the responsibility of which is borne by those involved in those events.

The General secretariat pointed out the government’s keenness on providing all ways for avoiding any confrontation or chaos or slip into dangers by allowing those who wanted to express their viewpoint calmly without destabilizing security of the people in Aden whom the statement said they were panicked and terrorized and that forced some people to keep to their houses without going to their businesses in addition to hindering education in a number of schools because of terrorist acts.

The GPC demanded holding accountable those that created chaos that allowed the forces of sabotage that attacked property and lives of the people.

While the GPC praised the role of the inhabitants of Aden who refused those acts and practices it asked the people of Yemen to be fully aware and not to permit the demagogue and the deviated to harm their interests and rights.

Ahmad Saif Hashid: Yemen Time’s Person of the Year

Filed under: Biographies, Parliament, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:53 pm on Monday, January 7, 2008

Yemen Times

SANA’A, Jan. 6 — Born in 1962 in Lahj’s Qabbaita district, Ahmad Saif Hashid is the founder and owner of Al-Mustaqella newspaper. A prominent parliamentarian with a high interest in human rights issues, Hashid was selected as a member of the Parliamentary Public Freedoms and Human Rights Committee and Rapporteur of Independent MPs’ Caucus.

Hashid chairs Change, an organization for defending rights and freedoms, and is a member of the Civil Community Coalition known as OMAM. He graduated from the Sana’a-based Higher Judicial Institute in 1996, and prior to that obtained a postgraduate diploma in international politics from the Faculty of Commerce and Economics in Sana’a University. He also obtained a license in law from Aden University in 1989 and a diploma in military sciences from the Aden Military College in 1983, and recently has attended training courses on social and human rights issues.

Between October 1997 and February 2003, Hashid served as Chief Judge of the Central Area’s Preliminary Court. From 1990-91, he worked as head of the Judicial Investigation Department.

Hashid was appointed chairman for the coalition of “Independents for Change” following Yemen’s presidential and local council elections on September 20, 2006. He was a central contributor to founding and establishing the Charitable Cooperative Society in the Qabbaita district and later became the society’s secretary-general. He served as editor-in-chief of “Qabbaita Newsletter” since its establishment in December 2000 until it was shut down by the Ministry of Information in October 2004 after publishing its 49th issue.

The parliamentarian has demonstrated a key role in organizing multiple social activities within and beyond the Qabbaita District, participated in several symposiums, discussions and workshops and has written various published and unpublished studies and essays.

“Yemen’s Madmen”, containing popular conversations with commoners, is one of the famous books produced by Hashid, who is also preparing a book on intellectualism, due to go to press soon.

Hashid is committed to equality in constitutional and legal issues, a fact demonstrated through his positions and advocacy of rights and freedoms. Such actions exposed the man to a series of attacks and legal violations, as well as arbitrary procedures by the authorities. In 2003, he escaped an assassination attempt after writing a news report disclosing the miserable conditions of prisons and prisoners in Yemen. The incident left his driver dead.

The MP was detained in the political security jail in October 2006 without any respect for his parliamentary immunity over his solidarity with a sit-in staged by local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in front of the political security’s premises. Hashid joined a protest against the government’s detention of the human rights activist Ali Al-Dailami, the executive director of the Yemeni Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms.

Throughout the years of his service as MP, Hashid criticized the Parliament, describing it as “The worst Parliament ever formed since 1990.” He said the current Parliament “doesn’t play an active role in discussing citizens’ issues and sufferings, nor does it have an influence on decision making processes.” According to the parliamentarian, Yemen’s democracy is ailing and backward. He slammed the current Parliament, saying it falsely paints a positive image of the authority, legalizes corruption, supports oppression and makes democracy in Yemen appear foolish.

Hashid’s activities in 2007

The MP published the first edition of his book “Yemen’s Madmen” in early 2007, and along with a constellation of human rights activists and politicians, founded Change, being elected leader for the organization during its staff’s first meeting.

Hashid conducted a series of field visits to many prisons in different governorates, with the aim of examining prisoner conditions, verifying whether jail conditions meet humanitarian and legal standards or not, and contacting relevant government agencies, including jail administrations, prosecution offices, court security departments, police stations and criminal investigation bureaus. In addition, he established contacts with NGOs, human rights groups and media institutions. During his visits to security jails in Sana’a, Hodeidah, Dhamar, Al-Beidha and Hajjah, the activist disclosed to the Yemeni public and international community flagrant human rights abuses exercised against inmates. While doing his humanitarian work, Hashid was exposed to several physical and verbal attacks.

In July 2007, guards at the Passport and Immigration Authority jail in Sana’a arrested Hashid, tied his hands and threatened to kill him over his visit to this jail after he learned about the death of an Eritrean inmate, named “Abraham”. The Eritrean victim suffered tragic conditions in the jail, where multinational inmates, suffering inhuman treatment, are also held captive. The parliamentarian was prevented from touring the military police jail in Hodeidah, and was subjected to badmouthing and contempt by the jail’s prison guards. He was also prevented from visiting the Political Security jail in Dhamar in late 2007.

Hashid is an active attendant and participant of all public and human rights functions, such as the recent sit-ins and protests that took place in Sana’a, Taiz, Al-Dhale’, Lahj and Aden. During these demonstrations, he gave speeches aimed at increasing civil awareness among protestors. He was intercepted at a security checkpoint and his car was thoroughly searched while on his way to Al-Dhale’ governorate to attend the funerals of Menasat Radfan’s victims.

Hashid has lavishly enriched many human rights functions with his effective remarks and comments concerning human rights issues in Yemen. He presented and reviewed many of his writings during such events, notably the one entitled “Why do we object to the death penalty?” in which he highlighted common limitations and violations in the judicial system.

Hashid created a unique way of easily conveying information to the general public in his newspaper Al-Mustaqella, by using popular conversations and field interviews, which all aim at expressing solidarity with citizens suffering from human rights abuses. This helped his newspaper gain prestige and popularity from among local newspapers. Thanks to its editors’ efforts, the newspaper now prints between 60 and 70 thousand copies per issue.

Hashid proved to be brave enough to reveal hidden facts and information during his interviews with journalists, thereby forcing ruling party MPs to demand the Parliament’s presidential board to withdraw his immunity. Deputy Parliament Speaker Yahya Al-Ra’ie transferred the demands to the Parliamentary and Media Committee for judgment.

Saleh Meeting Opposition Leaders

Filed under: Presidency, South Yemen, YSP, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:24 pm on Friday, January 4, 2008

Yemen Times

News about Saleh’s prospective meeting with exiled YSP leaders

Yemeni official sources refused to deny or confirm authenticity of news reports about a prospective meeting between President Ali Abdullah Saleh and exiled opposition leaders abroad among them the former Vice-President Ali Salem Al-Beedh, former Prime Minister Haidar Abu Bakr Al-Attas and former President of South Yemen Ali Nasser Mohammed, who is also a prominent Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP) leader, the weekly reported. It quoted a pro-government paper as reporting on Monday that communications were made via mediators between President Saleh and opposition leaders abroad with the aim of allowing the latter return home and reoccupy their posts in the government.

Some government sources refused to comment on the published reports, saying that “Any meeting will be announced at the time when it is being held.” The Ghad Newspaper, however, has reported that a meeting was held abroad between President Saleh and exiled opposition leaders. It quoted well-informed sources as saying that “The mediators reached positive results and such results due to constitute unexpected political surprise. The Yemeni people may view these results on the T.V. screens.”

According to the NUPO’s mouthpiece, the meeting is expected to take place in an Arab country, known for its strong relations with Yemen, if not in Aden, Sana’a or Mukalla. It went on to say that the purpose of forming the mediation team is to persuade the opposition leaders, residing abroad since 1994 Civil War, to return home and take part in a national coalition to meet any current challenges and prepare the country for a better future.

Soldiers Ambushed and Kidnapped

Filed under: Military, Tribes, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 11:57 pm on Sunday, December 30, 2007

al-Motamar: Local sources in Taiz on Wednesday said three central security soldiers were killed Wednesday and five others wounded in an ambush set up in the mountainous area of Mikhlaf Shaartab where commander of the central security camp in Taiz brigadier general Abdul Nasser al-Qawsi was on an inspection visit to the security point there.

A security source in Taiz said to almotamar.net the gunmen set their ambush in an area before the headquarters of the security area. He added the gunmen showered the security force with gunfire killing three soldiers and wounding five others among them commander of the central security brigadier general al-Qawsi

Director of Taiz security brigadier general Yahya al-Haisami told alotamar.net that brigadier general al-Qawsi was not wounded and that three soldiers were killed and 9 others were wounded in the attack and they were taken to hospital in Taiz and then a military hospital.

almotamar.net – Head of the General People’s Congress (GPC) branch of in Sharaab Al-Salam district Sheikh Hamid Ali Abdeh confirmed Friday the release of commander of Central Security branch of Taiz Staff Brigadier General Abdul Nasser al-Qawsi and six of security men who were held in Sharaab area.

Head of the GPC branch told almotamar.net he has received the detained persons last evening and affirmed that they has not come under any harm and all were heading for the city of Taiz.

He considered the release of security soldiers as a result of efforts ad mediations by sheikhs, notables and social personalities as well as by leadership of Taiz governorate in order to avoid deterioration of situations over an armed ambush set up last Wednesday for brigadier general al-Qawsi resulted in the killing of three security soldiers and injury of other nine. The outlaw gunmen held chief of Taiz central security branch and six of security soldiers.

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Yemen Times: Following the confrontation between people of al-Salam district in Taiz with the security men, the government did not move to control the situation. It rather gave in its role to the tribesmen from al-Hadda whose man, leader of the central security Abdulnaser al-Qawsi, was seized by the people. I have been told the security in Ibb tried to prevent the flow of fully armed tribesmen of al-Hadda to Taiz, high ranking officials gave orders to allow them pass through all checkpoints.

The officials of the interior ministry have been shrugging their shoulders in pride of controlling arms carrying in cities. What about the heavily armed tribesmen whose trip to Taiz was even facilitated by the state officials? Several months ago, tribesmen from al-Hadda made their way with their arms to Ibb to slaughter Salah al-Rawee in jail and come back triumphantly.

More

Yemen Observer:

Tensions remain over murder of Sheikh

Brigadier General Abdul Nasser al-Qawsi, commander of the Central Security branch in Taiz, along with 6 soldiers captured by tribes in the Sharab district were released midnight Friday, said Hamid Ali Abdo, head of the General People Congress (GPC) branch in the Sharab district last Friday. They were accompanied by military trucks to the Taiz governorate.

Al-Qawsi was attacked during his return from an Eid celebration visit in a trap set by an armed group on Wednesday at 11:30 P.M. The attack caused death of 3 soldiers and the injury of 9 others. Al-Qawsi had not injured.

The surprise attack was executed over events surrounding the murder of the late Sheikh Abdulsalam al-Qaisi. Following the murder, three government soldiers were sentenced to death and five others were jailed. The attackers held al-Qawsi hostage, demanding that the commanding officers that ordered the mercenary soldiers into the regions be put to death as well, for they broke an agreement with the tribes of Sharab that no government soldiers should enter without invitation.

Meanwhile, a committee consisting of representatives from a number of government ministries as well as concerned citizens was formed to investigate these recent incidents. In a statement issued by sheiks, prominent people and concerned citizens of Taiz said that some political powers used the murder of Sheikh Abdulsalam al-Qaisi to further break agreements and shake security and raise disturbance in the governorate. It pointed out that the government should do its duty and offer the additionally accused of the al-Qaisi murder to be brought justice.

The statement said that the government committee quickly formed to look into the al-Qaisi murder has not been taken seriously by the concerned parties. They cited emotionally-charged crowds gathering during court sessions in hopes of obstructing the justice system as one example.

“It seems that there are some who do not appreciate what their country is doing to ensure justice and safety, and are working to raise further conflicts,” the statement went on to say.

“Some of them considered the al-Qaisi murder as chance for public appearances, even with this case’s issues of innocent blood and justice.” ‬The statement pointed out that the blood-running, lost souls, further disturbing the safety of the people, and preventing security sources from doing their duties are criminal acts rejected by Islamic sharia and law and traditional local conventions.

The statement asks sheikhs and intelligence organizations, parties and citizens of the region to stand in the face of such acts and support the government in taking necessary procedures to stop them.

Sources said that the security system will not make light of these incidents once the perpetrators of this latest kidnapping are captured, and will offer them up to the arms of justice. Security officers are asking citizens to cooperate in keeping security and safety in the region.

Despite these pleas of the government and its supporters, the tribes and sheikhs of Sharab have refused the instructions of the governor of Taiz to submit the 15 wanted militants that took part in the abduction of General al-Qawsi and in the killing of the 3 soldiers and injuring 9 other soldiers, and have threatened to fight any government intervention. They have begun the construction of barricades and reinforcements, and have stationed defense personnel on mountaintop look-out posts. A sheikh told Ma’reb press that they would not surrender to the government, and are willing to fight back. Any irresponsible act by government authorities will be challenged.

According to Mareb Press many women and children have left the Sharab regions for the safety of nearby districts.

Jarallah Omar

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Political Opposition, South Yemen, Targeting, YSP, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 11:44 pm on Sunday, December 30, 2007

Yemen Times:

SANA’A, Dec. 26 — Five years have passed since the politically-motivated assassination of Jarallah Omar, Assistant Secretary General of the Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP). The Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) laments his loss, as he played the most vital role in forming the opposition bloc.

Had Omar escaped assassination, the opposition bloc’s popularity would not have declined over time, since the man proved vital in bringing all the opposition parties together and unifying their lines, according to Mohammed Al-Mekhlafi, defense-advocate of Jarallah Omar’s family.

Al-Mekhlafi said there were political reasons behind the assassination of the YSP leader; the authority predicted that he was bound to play a greater role in creating strong opposition to the ruling party in the country. “Had Jarallah Omar survived, all the Yemeni people would not have suffered such noticeable fragmentation and splits, as he used to do his best for the sake of restoring the spirit of solidarity among Yemeni people.” The lawyer added, “He surely would have worked hard on eliminating all the negative consequences of the 1994 civil war. He was able to improve and strengthen relations between citizens in the north and the south.”

Al-Mekhlafi went on to say. “Omar was a symbol for a nationwide movement toward creating national harmony in the political and social spheres. He represented YSP, a party that has advocated strong bonds between citizens in South and North Yemen since its formation.”

The human rights activist stressed that the Yemeni people currently live in a state of outrage, characterized by severe poverty, despair and fragmentation between community members. He is of the opinion that the country is gradually moving backwards due to government policies aimed at weakening the role of the opposition. (Read on …)

Govt to Intervene in Kidnappping of Businessman

Filed under: Business, Security Forces, Tribes, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 12:03 am on Sunday, December 30, 2007

It takes a special order

PM directs interior ministry to free Yemeni businessman

[26 December 2007]

SANA’A, Dec. 26 (Saba) – Prime Minister Ali Mujawar has given his directives to the interior ministry to take the requisite procedures to release the businessman Mouty’a al-Hubayshi, who kidnapped by
gunmen kidnappers from Khawlan tribe of Sana’a, al-Syasiah daily published by Saba reported Wednesday.

In a letter to the interior minister Rashad al-Alimi, Saba has got a copy of, Mujawar directed the security authorities to free the kidnapped and capture the kidnappers.

Sheikhs and citizens of Hubaysh district of Ibb governorate have submitted a complaint to the interior minister accusing Mohammed Ubadi Ermh and a gunman group of Bani Shadad from Khawlan of
abducting forcibly al-Hubayshi.

For his part, al-Alimi ordered the governor of Sana’a Ali al-Maqdashi to arrest immediately the accused persons.

Worth mentioning, Mouty’a al-Hubayshi, the chairman of the board of the Royal Hotel in Sana’a, was kidnapped in al-Zubairi street in the Secretariat Capital on December 8.

Amnesty International Report 2007 Yemen

Filed under: Saada War, Security Forces, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 4:47 pm on Tuesday, December 11, 2007

YEMEN

REPUBLIC OF YEMEN

Head of state: ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Saleh
Head of government: ‘Abdul Qader Bajammal
Death penalty: retentionist
International Criminal Court: signed

Dozens of people arrested in previous years in the context of the “war on terror” remained in indefinite detention without trial. Two escaped prisoners were killed by the security forces in circumstances that suggested they may have been extrajudicially executed. Political prisoners were tried in special courts whose proceedings fell far short of international standards. Dozens of detainees were released in Sa’da Province, but hundreds were believed to be still detained at the end of the year. Death sentences continued to be imposed and at least 30 people were reported to have been executed. (Read on …)

Land Mines in Yemen Kill Five per Month

Filed under: Donors, UN, Medical, Proliferation, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:41 pm on Tuesday, December 4, 2007

They forgot to list the Sa’ada Wars as another instance of land mine use.

74,000 still on hand.

Yemen Times

SANA’A, Dec. 2 — An international report complained about a data clash between the number of victims and survivals from mines and explosives left behind from wars in Yemen. The ninth report concluded from the recording sector and land survey for mines that in 2000 there was a total of 4,904 victims because of mines and explosives: 2,560 dead and 2,344 injured.

“The new international report for the assembly in charge of watching over and taking care of mines and explosives, gave its appreciation to authorities in charge of removing mines, and Yemen’s commitment to clearing and dismantling hidden mines. These are the remains of the 1962-1975 war between the Royalists and Republicans, the Sept. 26th revolution against British Occupation in 1963-1967, a war known as the Armed National Battlefront from 1970-1983, and finally the Summer War in 1994.” The report noted.

The report recommended that Yemen commit to dismantling the mines by applying the fourth item, ‘the Mine Ban Treaty’ on the destruction of its stockpile of stored mines in Yemen, which amount to 74,000, recommending that Yemen destroy them by the end of March 2009. (Read on …)

Politicized Campus

Filed under: Civil Rights, Civil Unrest, Education, Targeting, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 10:05 am on Monday, November 26, 2007

This is a good article on an area lacking documentation: YT

Political activities at Sana’a University affect student performance. As a result, fighting has broken out among students many times, including reported shooting incidents. A report by Amel Al-Ariqi, Fatima Al-Ajel and Al-Miqdad Mojalli.

Political Security arrested Amin Al-Faqih in 2003 for conducting political activities at Sana’a University.

At that time, Al-Faqih was head of the General Union of Yemeni Students, known as GUYS, while being a level four student in the university’s Faculty of Languages. He also belonged to Islah, Yemen’s largest opposition political party. (Read on …)

Mass Arrests of Political Opposition Leaders

Filed under: Civil Society, Civil Unrest, Political Opposition, Security Forces, Targeting, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 6:10 pm on Monday, November 19, 2007

Al-Sahwa:

November 19, 2007 -Security forces of Abyan province arrested on Monday scores of political activities leaders and participators of a popular massive rally in Loadr district.

In other words, hundreds of al-Dhali governorate liberators and martyrs families rallied to take part in a foundational meeting to elect a liberation association of liberators and martyrs families.

Assaulting Lawyers, just like Pakistan

Aden lawyers protest against increasing security attacks November 19, 2007 -Aden lawyers have denounced increasing security attacks against them, demanding, in the main time, to hold the involved policemen who arrest orders had issued against accountable.

The Secretary-General of Aden Lawyer Syndicate, Saleh Deban, said that the protest was arranged due to the arrogance of security men who lately assaulted the advocates Najeb al-Jahafi and Walid Mohram , members of ALS. He added that infringements against attorneys were increasingly repeated by security men, asking Aden’s authority to impose the law and constitution against the involved according to law.

Ba-oom and Nouba Still in Jail

Filed under: Civil Rights, Civil Unrest, South Yemen, Targeting, Yemen, political violence, prisons — by Jane Novak at 9:38 am on Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Al=Sahwa via the Yemen Times

Yemen Times

- JMP concerned about investigations into bloody events

The weekly paper reported that the branch of Joint Meeting Parties JMP in Al-Dhale province expressed concerns over investigations into the bloody events that happened in September 10 and left two people dead and seven wounded. The parties noted defense-advocates of the victims were prevented from getting acquainted with the case details in order to follow the necessary legal steps. The JMP said the concerned authorities on the case are trying to fake facts and fabricate accusations to dissolve the case under the law.

The statement of the JMP issued on Tuesday demanded the public prosecution to be partial during investigations and asked to arrest murderers. In addition it demanded to enable the families of the two killed persons to practice their legal right represented in getting acquainted with the details of the case. The families have the right to provide all evidence in relation to the case, the statement said. The statement spoke to the JMP fans, civil society organizations and social figures supporting the families to bolster the case and invited them to attend a ceremony for the martyrs of peaceful struggle to be held on Thursday at Al-Samood square.

The JMP emphasized his solidarity with the families of martyrs and wounded persons due to peaceful struggle in Radfan, Hadramout and other province in Yemen. It asked the government to release all arrested persons, primarily Hassan Ba-oom and Nasser Al-Nouba. In addition the JMP expressed solidarity with the families of those killed or wounded in the bloody events at the Al-Habilain stadium on October 13.

Political Leaders Charged with Protesters Deaths

Filed under: GPC, Security Forces, South Yemen, YSP, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:10 am on Saturday, October 20, 2007

This is outragous. The security forces shot into a crowd and the authorities are charging the poliitcal opposition with the deaths. It doesn’t even make sense.

26 Sept
SANA’A (26sep.net)–A source in Radfan’s local authority has charged band over blood-shed which took place yesterday in Radfan district, as he mentioned their names as follow: Ali Mohamed, member of the Political Bureau of the Socialist Party, ALi Ubad Muqbel, former Secretary-General of the Socialist Party, D. Saif Samel, Assistant Secretary General of the Yemeni Socialist Party, Nasser al Khabjee parliamentarian, lawyer Badr Basanad, D. Abdo Almattri and Fadi Saadi Baom.

They are responsible for the innocent blood spilled yesterday in Radfan, resulted in three dead and 12 injured citizens, the source said

The source added in a statement to “26sep.net” this band led innocent citizens wrongly.

Freedom House: Yemen is Not An Electoral Democray

But it does a very good imitation of one.

Yemen Times

Yemen held presidential and local council elections in September 2006. President Ali Abdullah Saleh was reelected with 77 percent of the vote, and his party, the General People’s Congress, overwhelmingly won the municipal elections. The balloting was marred by some violence and opposition accusations of fraud. Serious press freedom violations, including the closure of newspapers and detention of journalists, also accompanied the election season.
(Read on …)

Alert: Three Protesters Killed by Yemeni Security Forces

Filed under: Civil Rights, Civil Unrest, South Yemen, Targeting, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 11:41 am on Saturday, October 13, 2007

Three killed and ten injured in South Yemen

Dispatch from Yemen, Saturday, October 13, 2007

A large demonstration is scheduled for tomorrow in South Yemen, where protests have been growing since May 2007. Today Yemen’s Central Security Forces descended on the podium that is the designated location for the demonstration and opened fire on protesters who had gathered in advance. The public gathering is being held to commemorate the revolution of October 14 in the city of Alhabaylin in Rdvan.

The security forces tried to evict citizens from the podium where the protesters had been having a sit-in for more than a week, but the protesters refused to leave their places. The security forces opened fire into the crowd, killing three and wounding ten. Some are in a critical condition.

The massive demonstration scheduled for tomorrow is in protest of the Yemeni regime’s brutal and institutionalized discrimination against residents of the former South Yemen after the 1994 civil war. The military has been deployed in advance of the protests including a number of tanks.

Names of the people who were killed:
Shafiq Haitham Hassan
Mohammed Nasser Haitham Alhalmi
Abdel Nasser Kassem Hamadi,

The wounded are:
Thabet Nasser Mohammed
Haitham Mohamed Saleh
Haitham Mohamed Cmsan
Said Muthanna Naji
Gran Nasser Mohammed
Saad Nasser Nasser
Thabet Mohamed Dkic
Saad stable future
Zaid Abdul Illah Muzahim
Fahmi Mohammed Hussein
Muhammad Ahmad Khomeini
Hussein Bin Hussein
Abdel Bari firm
Mohsen Abdel-Hamid Rajeh
Atef Haitham Nasser

RADFAN, Yemen—Riot police opened fire into a crowd of retired army officers Saturday, killing four people, activists and local medical officials said.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in the southern city of Radfan, about 185 miles south of the capital Sana’a, to prepare for a rally scheduled for Sunday to mark the 44th anniversary of southern Yemen’s uprising against British occupation.

The protesters were largely former soldiers who fought on the side of the breakaway south in a 1994 civil war.

North and South Yemen were united in 1990 under President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who had been the north’s president. In 1994, rebels announced the secession of the south, and battled northern forces for several months in a civil war that ended in their defeat.

The protesters were gathering to plan their own rally, which had been banned by the government on the grounds it would challenge an official event, according to an opposition leader who spoke on condition of anonymity fearing government reprisal.

The Yemeni government deployed more than 1,000 police and members of the security forces and sealed off several roads heading to Radfan, in an effort to prevent more people from joining the rally.

A scuffle broke out between some protesters and riot police, who then opened fire and killed four people and injured at least eight, according to the opposition leader.

The casualty figure was confirmed by a local hospital official, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Southerners complain that they are kept out of government jobs, in favor of northerners brought in to fill the bureaucracy and security forces. Northerners also continue to hold large tracts of land in the south granted to them after the civil war.

No Unauthorized Demonstrations

Filed under: GPC, Security Forces, South Yemen, Targeting, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 4:32 pm on Thursday, October 11, 2007

The big demo is on October 14.

The regime’s position that peaceful sit-ins require pre-authorization is unconstitutional.

AFP

SANAA (AFP) — Yemen’s interior ministry has warned political parties and professional associations against staging unauthorised demonstrations, the official Saba news agency reported Saturday.

Anyone who violates this rule “will have to take the consequences,” it said.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest against rising prices in one of the world’s poorest countries and to press for better public services.

The protests have been orchestrated by opposition parties, including the Al-Islah (Reform) Party, the main Islamist opposition party, and the Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP), which ruled the former south Yemen.

Two people were killed and 18 wounded on September 10 when security forces clashed with protesters in the southern town of Dhaleh.

Some of the demonstrators were former soldiers, who complained they had been forced into early retirement after Yemen’s 1994 civil war, which was sparked by a southern secession bid.

A human rights group said one person was killed and nine were wounded on September 1 after similar protests in the southern city of Al-Mukalla triggered clashes with police.

Regime Issues Interpol Request for Al-Asnaj

Filed under: Civil Rights, Judicial, Saudi Arabia, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 4:19 pm on Thursday, October 11, 2007

The regime is trying to use international law enforcement institutions the same way it uses the PSO, as an instrument of political repression. This an absurdly overt instance of dictatorship reaching beyond its borders to impose tyranny in foreign lands.

Yemen Observer

The Yemeni government has, for the second time, demanded the extradition of former minister of foreign affairs and presidential advisor, Abdullah al-Asnaj, from the Saudi Arabia.

Al-Asnaj has been a vocal opponent of President Saleh’s regime especially since the 1994 Civil War. He emigrated from Yemen to Saudi Arabia during the 1980s. In 1982, the Yemeni government charged him with supreme treason and sentenced him to death.

Yemen called for the extradition of al-Asnaj based on an extradition agreement signed between the two countries in al-Taif, Saudi Arabia, said official sources.

According to Saba News, most political observers expect the demand to be rejected, as was the case with the first demand made two year ago, and many say that the issue could begin a diplomatic crisis between the Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

The same sources said that Yemen has sent a request to Interpol for the arrest of al-Asnaj, so that he can be tried for charges in Yemen.

Socialist politician, Ali al-Sarari told Qades Press that he expects Saudi Arabia to turn down the request, as the Saudis have never handed over refugees before. He said that in refusing to hand over al-Ansaj, Saudi Arabia is merely abiding by international conventions that forbid the handing over of refugees to countries where they may be subject to punishment because of their opinions or political beliefs.

“This doesn’t contradict the agreement of extradition signed between the two countries regarding those charged with theft, murder or similar crimes,” said al-Sarari. “But for political refugees and opposing politicians, countries that accept their asylum must not be partners in their punishment by handing them to their governments as it can be considered as a breach of human rights.”

Aden, Mukallah, Dahlie and now Mareb

Filed under: Civil Unrest, Oil, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:13 am on Thursday, September 27, 2007

The good news is the 12 protesters charged with treason have been released.

Yemen Times: SANA’A, Sept. 26 — The pensioners association in Aden decided on an open protest, which started Wednesday at Freedom Square. They demand the release of all the protestors arrested during the previous demonstrations and to bring those security officials who arrested and harassed the protestors to justices. They also demanded the state to provide medical treatment of the protestors injured by the security.

On the same note, an opposition lead demonstration took place in Mukalla, Hadramout governorate on Tuesday evening. Thousands of protestors beckoned the call of six opposition political parties demanding the release of the remaining Yemenis imprisoned during previous protests a few weeks ago. Eighteen protestors were released Monday after about a month of imprisonment because of their participation in protests early September. Ba Ume, one of the fundamentalist socialist leaders and an influential figure in Hadramout and three of his sons were among the released, due to pressure from the opposition, protestors and through meditation from Hadramout governor. The protestors were charged with high treason a penalty to which could be the death sentence. However, the protestors were acquitted and now demands for releasing more of the detainees on similar grounds are being voiced around the republic.

The protest was attended by a number of lawyers to educated the public on the legal procedures that should have taken place during the arrest, interrogation and imprisonment of Yemenis, all of which according to the lawyers were violated by the state security.

In Dhale governorate, another congregation took place whereby the death of the two young protestors was condemned and support to their families was displayed. The two dead men were victims of the security police bullets who tried to disperse a demonstration over ten days ago in Al-Dhale. The authority cut electricity in the square where the congregation took place in order to dissuade the participants from demonstrating, however they remained until the early hours of Tuesday morning.

For the first time in Mareb a similar protest took place, only this was accompanied with a petition signing campaign aiming at one hundred thousand signatures from around the governorate. The petition and protest both lead by the Joint Meeting Parties, a coalition of opposition political parties, demanded 20 percent of the oil production coming from Mareb governorate to be reinvested in the city’s development. They also demanded clean water, sanitary system, power supply and other basic services to be available to the local citizens. The protestors also called for compensation for the local farmers whose crops had been damaged because of the extractive industries.

The demands also included employment opportunities to at least half of the unemployed youth in the governorate and increasing the number of social welfare beneficiaries keeping in mind that the governorate produces 400 thousand barrels of oil daily and is the source of over 65 percent of the state’s budget coming from oil industry.

Regime Rhetoric Heats Up

Filed under: Civil Rights, GPC, Political Opposition, South Yemen, Targeting, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:19 pm on Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The regime has a predictable pattern in responding to civil unrest: blaming the opposition and foreign forces, increasing violence and judicial repression, a hostile media campaign, avoiding addressing the issue honesty, rejecting any responsibility or any acknowledgment of legitimacy of popular grievences.

almotamar.net – The secretary general of the General People’s Congress (GPC) Abdulqader Bajammal has said the Yemeni unity is not just red line but a line drawn with blood too, emphasizing this is an essential issue. He said,” The GPC members will fight in the streets in defence of it (the unity)”.Bajammal added,” I hope if others can understand that who plays with fire he will get burnt with it.”

The GPC secretary general warned the Yemeni socialist Party (YSP) not to fall in the trap in which the Irish army had fallen. He criticised the role of YSP in supporting demonstrations and sit-ins that took place in a number of southern and eastern governorates and changing them from demands for rights of the retired into acts of riots and calls and slogans hostile to the national unity and social peace. (Read on …)

TAJ Statement on Deaths in Dhalie

Filed under: Political Opposition, Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:12 pm on Wednesday, September 12, 2007

TajAden is the Yemeni Southern opposition in exile and advocates the seperation of North and South Yemen. The following statement prompted by the civilian deaths in Dhalie requests the UN to supervise the withdrawal of “Yemeni forces from occupied South Yemen.”

TajAden 10th September 2007

Oh masses of our proud people in the occupied South Arabia.

On the 10th of September 2007, the large masses of our people in the capital Aden and in Dhala city as well have got out protesting peacefully against the Yemeni authorities’ forces that have arrested and abducted the southern liberal struggler leaders. The protest was for an immediate release of prisoners unconditionally in all cities of the occupied South Arabia.

In a hooligan frivolous action the Yemeni occupation forces have fired on the peaceful demonstrators in the city of Dhala, which led to the fall of 3 dead and wounded more than 10 people. Also they have prevented a peaceful strike in the city of Aden, the capital of the South. They besieged the city neighbourhoods with tens of military vehicles and tens of thousands of the Yemeni occupation’s criminals and murderers soldiers.

The Yemeni Security forces has already killed and wounded a number of demonstrators in the city of Mukalla and put many innocent people in jails without charge as they did in Aden. Also thousands of soldiers were deployed in several cities such as in Mahfad, Loader and Moodiah in Abyan governorate and cut off roads and set up barricades in the governorate of Lahj. The Authority also deployed tanks and thousands of criminal soldiers in the city of Alhabeelain and in the districts of Radfan province. This exercise of military tyranny continued in a number of cities in the governorate of Shabwah which is now under a comprehensive military siege.

The Southern Democratic Assembly (TAJ) highly salutes the courageous sacrifices of our people and our martyrs who were shot dead this morning by the occupying military forces in the city of Dhala as well as those who were killed and arrested during the past weeks in the cities of Aden and Hadhramout. “TAJ” admires the wounded who faced with their bare chests the criminal, bloody armed machines of the dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh and calls all sons of the South Arabia for conjunction and solidarity in the face of the occupation’s forces and continues the struggle for the restoration of full rights of freedom, independence and self-determination. (Read on …)

Protests Death Toll in Yemen Rises by Three

Filed under: Civil Rights, Political Opposition, Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:48 am on Monday, September 10, 2007

Three killed and eight wounded in Al-Dahalie.

Authorities prevent a sit-in in Liberation Square, I’m assuming that’s the one in Aden not Sana’a.

That’a a total of eleven demonstrators killed within the last month.

Earthtimes Sana’a, Yemen – At least two people were killed and 10 injured when a protest against price hikes turned violent in southern Yemen Monday, witnesses said. They said the two men were killed during clashes between police and protesters in the provincial capital of al-Daleaa, some 240 kilometres south of the capital Sana’a.

Thousands of protesters took part in the demonstration that started peacefully but ended with riots when protesters began throwing stones at buildings of the local government, local sources said. (Read on …)

Protests Legitimate, Riots Not: Parlimentary Chair for Security

Filed under: Civil Rights, GPC, Parliament, Security Forces, South Yemen, Targeting, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:42 am on Monday, September 10, 2007

That’s true.

I agree with this assessment except for the chanting. There’s people all over the US chaniting against Bush, so chanting against Saleh doesn’t seem even slightly odd.

But its interesting that this guy, whoever he is, is disputing the statements of the security officials that protests in Aden and other places around the former PDRY are illegal. And clearly they are not according to the Yemeni constitution and common sense. Public protests are a basic civil right and mechanism of participation in the political system.

almotamar.net – Chairman of the parliamentary committee of defence and security general Yahya al-Haweri affirmed Sunday that protests carried out in the framework of democracy, pluralism, the constitution and the laws, whether they were unprompted or organised by any party are legitimate. But, he added, it is refused that during such activities to carry out riot acts, sabotage, blocking roads and chanting slogans against the national constants. He said, “This is a matter disagreeing with the homeland interest and the state has the right to and the duty to use its legal powers to preserve stability and the national interest.”

On the question of the retired al-Haweri said ,” We are with them and with their demands for rights,” reminding that the parliamentary committee of defence and security studied their subject and prepared detailed report in which it urged the concerned authorities in the government to tackle their cases and settle their dues.

He said the government worked on solving their problems and republican decrees were issued for promoting military ranks and forming government committees to receive grievances in various governorates. The committees considered tens of thousands of those complaints and solved them in line with the president’s directives.

In an interview with almotamar.net al-Haweri affirmed that what happened is that there are parties seeking to take advantage of the democratic space and sentiments of the retired respecting the issues related to their rights to deviate them to serve external sides. He advised those who are after foreign agendas to search for themselves roles far from impinging upon the unity.

Demonstrations All Over

Filed under: Civil Rights, Security Forces, South Yemen, Targeting, Yemen, political violence, poverty/ hunger — by Jane Novak at 7:50 pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Yemen Times

SANA’A, Sept. 2 — Thousands of military and civil retirees poured into the streets of different southern and eastern governorates on Saturday in angry protests, imploring the government to listen to their demands and not to ignore their problems. The fiercest of them was staged in the city of Mukalla in Hadramout in which bloody clashes took place between policemen and protestors.

The security forces attempted to disperse the crowds by force and in fact arrested many of them. It has been learned that at least two people were killed and tens of protestors, along with policemen were injured in the clashes that drove rioters to damage cars and destroy trade stores.

The clashes broke out at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday following a peaceful demonstration that was organized by the Political and Public Function Coordination Committee and Military and Civil Retirees Coordination Council in Hadramout, as well as other social forums.

Furthermore, on the same day, Aden city experienced heavy deployment of security personnel in most of the city’s intersections after clashes between protestors and policemen broke out in the Sheikh Othman and Khor Maksar neighborhoods. During the clashes, 3 protestors were killed and 400 others injured. Most of those arrested, however, were released on the same day. Also, security forces prevented the crowd from holding a sit-in in Aden and vehemently dispersed those who started to gather with sticks and rubber bullets. (Read on …)

National Security Beats Journalist

Filed under: Media, Ministries, Security Forces, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:42 pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2007

I thought that was the PSO’s job.

almotamar.net – Yemen Journalists Syndicate (YJS) on Monday demanded the interior ministry of arrest attackers on journalist Abdullah Ali Makarim who works for Seyoun broadcasting station who was attacked Thursday evening nearby Textile Factory in Sana’a.

The YJS letter to the deputy premier the minister of interior Dr Rashad al-Alimi, a copy of it received by almotamar.net mentioned the attackers showed their journalist their military identity cards and presented themselves as officers from the national security and took him with a friend of his to Saawan area where they beat him severely and stole his money and, personal documents and a camera.
The YJS mentioned that the journalist reported the incident to Shoub police station at the same day evening but the police did not care about his complaint and then he reported the incident to another police station in the area where he was attacked and they did the same claiming the attack was not in an area under their authority although the station is only three hundred meters far from the sits of attack.

The journalists syndicate asked the minister to issue his instructions quickly for taking measures and seize the attackers.

Regime Breaks Shabwa Blockade of Oil Tankers for Al-Noba’s Release

Filed under: Civil Society, Islah, Local gov, Oil, Political Opposition, South Yemen, Targeting, Tribes, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:39 pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Al-Sahwa

Release of 50 gas tankers in Shabwa

September 4, 2007- Provisional government sources in Shabwa province told “Alsahaw.net” that security forces controlled a blockade which had been installed by tribes were demanding to release the retired general ,Nasser al-Nowba, who had been held on Monday in Aden.

They affirmed that government forces attacked the blockade and released the 50 held gas tankers which had been seized by tribes.

Moreover, several barriers were installed in Shawa province to protest the kidnapping of the general Nasser al-Nowba .

For its part, the Islah party renewed its call for the Shabawa people to adopt peaceful struggle, not armed struggle.

September 5, 2007- Provincial sources in Shabwa governorate told “Alsahwa.net” that two soldiers were wounded on Wednesday in shootout between security forces and tribes protesting arrests of demonstrators who were protesting Saturday against price hikes in Aden and Hadramout provinces.

The sources added that a tribal mediation led to ceasefire, but they did not explain whether that mediation managed to release gas tankers had been seized by the tribes.

Mukalla Demonstration, One dead

Filed under: Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:50 am on Sunday, September 2, 2007

and the regime says the demonstrator was killed by a shop keeper defending his shop

almotamar.net – A security source in Hadramout governorate said Sunday the riots seen in the city of Mukalla yesterday were the act of outlaw elements and carried out riot acts and destruction of commercial advertisements in the streets and electricity poles, attacked merchants and business shops, blocked traffic movement, resisted security forces with stones and set fire to some quarters.

The source pointed out that owners of trade shops defended themselves and their shops against the rioters and that led to the death of one person and injury of five others. He said security forces arrested a number of those who perpetrated those riots and referred them to concerned prosecution.

Two dead

“In a nutshell, on the 1st September 2007 multiple legal demonstrations (Sits) took place in many cities, however, the Yemeni government, local authorities and security forces used live and plastic bullets, water canons and tear gas against peaceful demonstrators particularly in Aden and Mukalla . In Mukalla alone two people died suffering from wounds, more than 15 wounded and over 150 still detained in different security prisons in Mukalla with information that two of those detainees are under age until the time of writing this update.” Photos

This article seems to indicate that “northern owned” public property (a contradiction of terms that makes perfect sense in Yemen) and cars were attacked.

SANA’A, NewsYemen

While authorities confirm they would prevent any protest “out of demonstrations law”, leaders in the opposition Islah party said that allowing protests in Sana’a, Taiz and Ibb and preventing them in Aden and Hadramout is an example of “double standards”.

“Security forces prevented for the fourth time a peaceful march in Aden asking for rights guaranteed by the constitution and law and this is a double standard way of dealing with Yemeni people” head of the executive office of Islah in Aden Ensaf Mayo said in a statement to NewsYemen. (Read on …)

He Beat Himself Up to Embarrass the Security Forces

Filed under: Media, Targeting, Trials, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 6:49 pm on Saturday, September 1, 2007

pffft

Gulf News

Sanaa: Five main opposition parties in Yemen on Tuesday condemned the kidnapping and beating of a journalist for his critical writing, while the government considered the incident a “fabricated play” to offend authorities.

The journalist Abdul Kareem Al Khaiwani was found late Monday, about six hours after seven armed men kidnapped him from the heart of Sana’a, bundled him into a luxurious car and drove to the outskirts of the city where they beat him and threw him out.

“These are the criminal styles of gangs and thugs of the authority against Al Khaiwani who has been kidnapped and attacked over and over again since 2004,” the opposition alliance said in their statement.

The opposition held the authorities responsible for the attack and asked the government to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The security authorities denied that they were behind the kidnapping saying it was only a “fabricated ploy” to damage the government’s reputation.

Rebellion

“The allegations are pure lies and fabrications similar to a play arranged with the objective of offending the reputation of the security agencies and the political regime, pluralism and democracy,” the state-run media quoted an unidentified security official as saying.

“This made-up issue seems to be an attempt to affect the case being looked at by the court, in which Al Khaiwani is accused within the third Sana’a cell [group accused of sabotage acts] which carried out bombings in Sana’a during which two security officers were killed, in addition to two children, one killed and the other injured.”

Al Khaiwani, whose writings are very critical to senior officials including President Saleh, was arrested last June on charges of spreading the ideas of Al Houthi rebels in Sa’ada.

He was put on trial with a group of people accused of attempting to carry out sabotage acts in Sana’a to support Al Houthi rebellion. He was released on bail, and the trial is ongoing.

Al Khaiwani always denies that he did anything against the law.

“They gave me the last ultimatum, and they threatened to kill me, my children and my wife if I write again about my masters,” Al Khaiwani told reporters.

Yemen Times

SANA’A, August, 29 –– The journalist and political researcher, Abdul-Kareem Al-Khaiwani, who is a member of the popular forces political party, was abducted and attacked by unknown security personnel last Monday.

Al-Khaiwani stated, “I personally hold the president Ali Abdullah Saleh responsible for my life as well as the life of my family.”

“The president should treat me as a Yemeni citizen, admitting my rights and preventing the security bodies from harming me. As president of the republic, he should not publicly declare me as his enemy. He should not writhe with fury and indignation against me, encouraging security bodies to annoy me. I fear they may murder me and my family members if I again write against the regime or against the president,” Al-Khaiwani added.

A group of civil right organizations and opposition parties denounced the abduction of Al-Khaiwani due to his writings against corruption and ruling system.

They drove him by a car whose number plate was painted black. They took him to unknown place where they bashed him severely. They also left him in undeveloped area.

The armed personnel confiscated the passport, ID card and the mobile phone of Al-Khaiwani. They also intimidated him with murder along with his family if he writes anything against the president or the national unity, according to the committee sources, specifying an article published by Al-Nedda weekly newspaper in August, 26th. The article was entitled “pro-state, a country behind walls”. Al-Khaiwani discussed the prisoners’ situations and how they are treated.”

The JMP allaince of opposition parties commented on this: “These criminal acts are a reflection of the bully activists and gangs of the authority since 2004 with the associate Al-Khaiwani who was exposed to so many abductions. His family is now scared. These frightening measures will not stop penholders from writing such as Al-Khaiwani as well as those who call for freedom, justice, equality and human rights.”

The Yemeni journalists syndicate expresses its sadness over a statement released by security source published by the ruling party media which denied the incident, describing it as a drama.

The syndicate also said, “The quick denial of the security bodies for the incident taking place in the center of in front of journalists and citizens, indicates that the security bodies are apathetic toward the crime.” The source also appealed to the president to penalize the perpetrators and hold the concerned officials responsible for neglecting their duties.

The international journalists’ protection committee demanded the investigation of the incident. “There are some doubts over the connection of the armed gang with the Yemeni security forces,” according to local journalists who talked to the committee.

Likewise, hundreds of journalists spanning the country considered this incident a reflection of the suppressing mentality of a system behaving like guerrillas and bandits. They also considered the abduction of Al-Khaiwani is a message for those who practice the same job against a regime controlled by corruption and tyranny, demanding the syndicate as well as the political powers and human rights organizations to press authorities to reveal the perpetrators and present them before prosecution.

Al-Khaiwani was detained in June, 20 by the state security bodies, attacking his house. He was released by guaranty by the end of July. He was exposed to battery by a security personnel dragging him into the prison barefooted and with underwear clothes. Al-Khaiwani suffered a lot due to his criticism of bequeathing the rule as well as job nepotism in addition to criticizing war between the government and the Houthis in Sa’ada.

It was mentioned that when Al-Khaiwani was the editor in chief of Al-Shoura weekly newspaper and Al-Shoura’ net, he was accused of insulting the president as well as publishing false news in addition to inciting discrimination between areas and tribal feuds. This is attributed to publishing articles criticizing the way the government treats most of the issues.

The State-run media affiliated to the ruling party published last Tuesday a statement belonging to a security source in the capital secretariat. They denied the incident of abducting and attacking Al-Khaiwani, considering that Al-Khaiwani fabricated a drama of abduction aiming at harming the security bodies. The source said that Al-Khaiwain was invited to attend a wedding party in Khawlan area before he pretended that.“

Updates: Al-Khaiwani Kidnapping

Filed under: Civil Rights, Civil Society, Media, Security Forces, Targeting, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 5:50 pm on Monday, August 27, 2007

Breaking news

Updates on the kidnapping of the Yemeni Journalist
Abdulkarim Al- khaiwani,

Sana’a Yemen

27 August 2007

11 pm at Sana’a local time

From Sisters Arab Forum for Human Right (SAF):

Three hours following the kidnapping, Al-khaiwani was
admitted to the private Modern National Hospital in
Sana’a and treated from brutal wounds. conflicted on
him by his kidnappers .

At 2:00 p.m today 27th of September 2007 Al-khaiwani
was kidnapped from Al-zubari str.(center of the
Capital Sana’a) put in a Toyota Land Cruiser. When he
attempted to scream for help from his fellow friends
journalists Sami Ghalib Editor in Chief of Al-Needa’a,
an independent weekly newspaper and Nabil Subai,
Executive Editor in Chief of al Share’a, a weekly
independent newspaper, the kidnappers threatened to
kidnap them too.

Al-Kaiwani was blind folded and pushed into the
bottom of the car where the kidnappers put their feet
on his body and kicked him until they reached a remote
area in bani Sah7m District at Khawlan Governorate
(15 kilometers from the Capital Sana’a). In the Car
Al-kaiwani was asked repeatedly which hand he used to
write his articles referring to his last article
published in al Needa’a Newspaper where he disclosed
bravely on the violations against the prisoners, the
inefficiency and corruption of the Judicial System and
the law enforcement institutions in Yemen. Then one of
the kidnappers hit him with his fist breaking his eye
glasses and wounding his eyelid. He was then
threatened that if he continues writing against his
“masters” he and his fwife and three children will be
killed. Putting his finger in a metal finger cutter
the kidnappers were arguing among themselves whether
the orders were to cut or break his fingers. After
conferring with their boss through the mobile
telephone it was settled to torture him only.

Arriving to the area of Bani Sah7m, Al-Khaiwani was
pulled out of the car beaten and put in a grove where
the kidnappers told him that he is on an edge of a
cliff and that if he moved he will fall down and die.
Before leaving him Al-khaiwani’s mobile phone and
money was taken from him.

Al-kahaiwani struggled to remove his blindfold, when
he succeeded he found himself in a grove not a cliff.
He walked and met women farmers who told him that he
was in Bani Sahm District of Khawlan Governorate, and
advices to continue walking to the highway which is
closer than the Shaikh’s , Community Leader, house .
Taking their advice, he walked for almost 2
Kilometers until he reached the Highway, found a lift
and was taken to a local hospital at Dar Silm, a
suburb of Sana’a.

There he was treated, and was able to call his fellow
friend Journalist Sami Ghalib, who is also the
Director of the Rights and Freedoms Committee of the
Yemeni Journalists Syndicate. Three journalists were
sent to Dar silm hospital and took him to a private
National Modern Hospital in Sana’a, The x-rays shows
no broken bones, however, bruises and wounds were
found in his left eye, right ear, abdomen, hands, and
swollen fingers. Later the hospital was crowded with
many of his fellow journalists, HRs activists, MPs and
politicians from opposition,

This incident is not the first that happens to a
Yemeni journalist, and apparently is not going to be
the last.

Al-Kaiwani is a journalist well known as a believer in
democracy, freedom of expression who vigorously
defends human rights protection and fights against
violations. He exposes corruption embedded in the
structure in Yemen’s institutions. Al-Khaiwani does
not deserve to be emotionally, psychologically and
physically tortured, scared and continuously lives
under serious life threat.

We appeal to the international community to show
solidarity, support and document this incident in
their reports on Yemen and to exert genuine pressure
on the Yemeni government to practice real democracy
and protect its citizens, particularly, journalists
and human rights defenders from those who can not
tolerate freedom of expression; them being part of the
security institutions or not.

Al-Khaiwani Kidnapped by Security, Beaten, Hand Broken, Released

Filed under: Media, Political Opposition, Security Forces, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 3:06 pm on Monday, August 27, 2007

Animals, they are animals. This is Saleh’s democracy.

Opposition editor found beaten hours after kidnapping
The Associated Press
Monday, August 27, 2007

A Yemeni opposition editor who was accused of backing the country’s Shiite rebels and recently spent a month in jail, was found badly beaten and bruised on Monday, just hours after a Yemeni journalists union reported him kidnapped.

Abdul Karim al-Khawinay, editor of the Al-Shura weekly, was found by villagers in the mountainous Al-Khawlan area some 30 kilometers (19 miles) southeast the capital, and taken to a hospital in San’a. His T-shirt was bloodied and his arm broken.

Earlier, the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate said, citing eyewitnesses, said al-Khawinay was abducted on the street Monday by about 7 people who jumped out of a land cruiser with covered car plates and took him away.

The union had said that it is contacting the interior ministry to demand a swift investigation and the arrest of al-Khawinay’s kidnappers. An official with the interior ministry, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to give statements to media, said the ministry had no knowledge of al-Khawinay’s kidnapping.

Al-Khawinay was taken by police to jail June 20. At the time, his family said that security forces stormed their home, beat up al-Khawinay with fists and gun-butts, then dragged him bleeding from the ear and nose to the police station. He was released a month later.

He is currently on trial on charges of insulting the regime and supporting Shiite rebels.

Later Monday from his hospital bed, al-Khawinay, 38, who also suffers from heart problems, told The Associated Press that one of the kidnappers was among officers who stormed his house in June and took him to prison.

He also said that his kidnappers discussed whether to cut or just break the hand he writes with, and opted for the latter.

Later, police arrived at the hospital to question him.

Previously, al-Khawinay was sentenced to one year in jail for supporting the country’s minority Shiite rebels and defaming the president, but was later pardoned by President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The weekly Al-Shura, considered a mouthpiece of the opposition United Popular Forces Party, has long campaigned against the government, accusing it of favoritism and nepotism in almost all state institutions.

Mohammed Al-Maqaleh, media spokesman in the Socialist Party, said Saleh was personally responsible for al-Khawinay’s safety.

Yemen, a poor tribal Sunni country at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula and a declared U.S. supporter in the campaign against terrorism, has struggled with a three-year long insurgency by followers of Shiite rebel leader Abdel-Malek al-Hawthi. The uprising claimed thousands of lives from both sides and forced thousands from their villages in the northern Saada province before ending with a truce earlier this year.

At least 100 journalists in Yemen have faced various forms of harassment since 2005, ranging from beatings and arrests to kidnappings and a letter-bombing that wounded a newspaper editor, according to Yemen’s Center of Training and Press Freedoms Protection, a non-governmental watchdog.

IHT

Guns Banned from Capital City

Filed under: Ministries, Parliament, Proliferation, Tribes, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:10 am on Saturday, August 25, 2007

Almotamar.net – The Yemen interior ministry on Thursday announced it will from today morning prevent carrying firearms inside the capital, indicating it will set stores at entrances of the capital and provincial capitals of governorates for keeping guns and give their owners receipts for them.

The ministry added it will beginning of next month carry out a decision preventing carrying licensed firearms, confirming that security authorities would arrest anyone carrying weapons in violation of the announcement and confiscate his gun.

An announcement issued by the interior ministry, a copy of it received by almotamar.net, mentioned that it is categorically prevented carrying weapons inside the capital and provincial capitals of governorates. The statement attributed that decision to increase of crimes and incidents resulting from the use of guns and to the negative impact which carrying firearms cause to development and investment as well as to tourism. It added that the aim is to protect the citizens life and achieve general security and safety for the citizen, social peace.

The statement mentioned that bodyguards of senior officials of the state and members of parliament and Shoura and local council will be allowed to carry only guns in an invisible way.

The interior ministry asked all political, security, military and administrative leaderships to commit to carrying out the decision, calling upon political parties and organisations and citizens to cooperate in implementation of the decision and report on any violations.

Detained without Charge: 77% of Juveniles, 48 Houthi supporters, Others

Filed under: Children, Saada War, Security Forces, Targeting, Yemen, political violence, prisons — by Jane Novak at 3:16 pm on Tuesday, August 21, 2007

SANA’A, Aug. 19 — An official study showed that 77 percent of the juveniles are detained in the Yemeni prisons without any verdicts. However, 23 percent of whom are detained by the prosecution and the primary courts with under imprisonment verdicts ranging between six months and one and a half year, according to the study.
(Read on …)

Opposition MP Gets Death Threats

Filed under: Civil Rights, Parliament, Political Opposition, Targeting, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:10 am on Friday, August 17, 2007

Al-Sahwa

MP threatened of killing

August 14, 2007- The Parliamentarian, Sultan al-Samai, has affirmed to Alsahwa.net that he was threatened with killing by messages through his mobile phone. He said that he received over 12 messages which included threats of assassination.

Al-Samai said that he was threatened because he had taken part in preparing for a JMP-sponsored sit-in which is set to be on Wednesday. He said that he would not back and would continue to prepare for the sit-in.

Saleh interview with al-Wasat

Filed under: Political Opposition, Presidency, Saada War, South Yemen, Targeting, Tribes, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 4:36 am on Thursday, August 16, 2007

Wow, Saleh unplugged

Why is Libya meddling in Yemeni affairs anyway? Really there’s enough headaches without Khaddafi throwing money everywhere. The Saudis do enough of that.

Almotamar.net
Defeated forces utilize people’s issues to remind of themselves: Saleh

President Ali Abdullah Saleh affirmed there are elements that have missed the train and try to remind others of themselves by badly taking advantage of issues of the retired. He pointed out that all the defeated forces; whether inside or abroad want to remind of themselves. The president said the political parties exploited demands of the pensioned and “everyday they will create disorder “, confirming if the opposition had reconsidered its performance, criticised itself and overcome the irresponsible fuss it would be acceptable.

The president considered continuation in igniting fires, which does not s0o,ve issues, it would affect he process of development and investment, saying that would make the opposition action a devastating act and not democratic. He added that the leaders of the Joint Meeting Parties want to justify their failure in the presidential and local elections and therefore they try to pass into the role of talking in the name of the people regarding the question of the rise in prices of foodstuffs despite that is an international state rather than the prices of Ali Mujawar (Yemen’s prime minister).

Al-Wasat newspaper that conducted an interview with President Ali Abdullah Saleh said it was able to obtain a meeting with the head of the state without much effort whereas it remained demanding Mohammed al-Yadoumi, the former secretary general of the Yemeni Congregation for Reform Party (Islah) and he successor Abdulwahab al-A’nsi for an interview but in vain. (Read on …)

Southern Protests Turn Violent

Filed under: Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 3:01 pm on Sunday, August 12, 2007

Yemen Times

SANA’A, August 5–– President Ali Abdullah Saleh was expected to meet with representatives of pensioners’ associations in an attempt to resolve their issues. Saleh listened to a number of complaints and demands related to pensioner rights and grievances after the group’s forced retirement in 1994.

Press sources mentioned that the chairman of the pensioners’ committee, Nassir Al-Nawbah along with three other pensioners was transferred by air to the capital city of Sana’a to meet the president.

After the recent pensioners’ sit-in, eyewitnesses said that more than 300 armed persons from Al-A’wabel city in Al-Sa’eed district in Adhala’ governorate staged a sit-in in front of the government complex on Saturday, demanding the release of detained Al-Shu’aib citizens.

Local sources also stated that the protestors threatened to increase the brunt of their sit-in in case the detainees are not released as a result of peaceful protests carried out by pensioners last Thursday in Aden.

The district of Rasad in Yafa’, Abyan governorate staged a crowded festival including armed security, civil pensioners, and local citizens. They expressed their solidarity with the pensioners, denouncing price hikes as well as violations practiced by security men against protestors at the sit-in held in Aden. (Read on …)

Who targets journalists? The National Security, Information Ministry, PSO

Filed under: Media, Ministries, Security Forces, Trials, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 2:59 pm on Sunday, August 12, 2007

Yemen Observer

Journalists angered by restrictions imposed on the media in Yemen are naming names. At a protest Tuesday, they presented a list of the biggest violators of press freedoms and journalists in Yemen since 2005. The demonstration in Sana’a’s Freedom Square was the 14th weekly demonstration journalists have held to demand greater press freedoms.

According to the list provided by Women Journalists Without Chains, a group organizing the protests, the worst on the list is National Security, with 96 breaches, making up 27.82 percent of the violations.
The second is the Ministry of Information, with 95 violations, at 27.53 percent.
The third is the Ministry of Interior, with 54 violations, making up 15.65 percent of violations.
In fourth place is the Political Security Office, having 45 violations and, lastly, the Military Guidance Unit is accused of 11 violations.

These statistics were based on reports by Women Journalists Without Chains, with help from statistics from Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders, the US State Department, and the Amman Center for Human Rights.

Journalists Beaten

Filed under: Media, Ministries, Political Opposition, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 12:56 pm on Thursday, July 26, 2007

SANA’A, NewsYemen:

Minister of Information Hassan al-Lawzi issued on Saturday four permissions for four new private newspapers Aba’ad (Dimensions), Ein (Eye), Etijahat (Tendencies) and Saraha “Truthfulness”.

The ministry said the licenses for these four newspapers were issued after they had met all conditions included in the Law of Press and Publications.
According to the decisions Ameera Ali Bakhtan al-Aswadi will head the Sana’a-based Aba’ad weekly, Abdul-Hakim Mohammad Awadh al-Jaberi will head the Ein weekly to be located in Hadhramout, Ahmad Mahdi al-Asadi will head the quarterly Etijahat headquartered in Sana’a and Saeef Abdullah al-Wishali will be the editor-in-chief of the Saraha weekly.

The decisions of the ministry come while journalists continue their sits-in outside the ministry’ headquarters every Tuesday protesting the ministry’s delay to give many newspapers permissions to be run, claiming they have met all legal conditions. Journalists, supported by human rights activists also protest the ministry’s decision to blockade the SMS news service of Nasspress and Journalists Without Chains.

Yemen Times

The regular sit-in for journalists and activists in “Freedom Square” did not take place on Tuesday as usual. When the protestors went to take their usual positions for the 12th time, they found another group already occupying the square. This groups was pro-Saleh celebrating the 29 years for President Saleh in power. The activists decided to delay their protest to the next day, which turned out bloody as the previous day group came while the protestors were listening to a speech and started bashing everyone with sticks and targeting certain leading activists with daggers.

SANA’A, July 18 — At least five people were injured in the clash that took place yesterday during the usual sit-in organized by journalists and human rights activists demanding “media freedom.”

“The interlacement began when 200 people in plain uniform carrying sticks and cudgels attacked the strikers who were about 150 men and women,” said Abdul Rahman Barman, human rights activist and one of the sit-in participants. He added that during the attack, which continued for an hour and a half, the strikers raised their pens in an attempt to escape the commotion, only to be surrounded and prevented from doing so by the attackers. “It was a very organized attack. The attackers were addressing specific people and attacking them directly. Some tried to stab a parliament member who was participating in the peaceful sit-in. The attackers also assaulted the female participants. In addition, they broke the cameras and signs that we used in the sit-in,” Barman described.

Fuad Dahpa, a member of the parliament who belongs to the Islah Party, confirmed that he survived the attack. He demanded the interior minister to investigate the incident, insisting that he will demand the interrogation of the interior minister regarding his responsibility to protect citizens who participate in peaceful marches.

Security forces, which were guarding the cabinet building, fired extensively to disperse the crowd. Those injured were transported to area hospitals, according to one eyewitness.

Khaled Al-Ansi, executive director of the human rights organization HOOD, stated that he did not attend the sit-in due to warnings he received from “resources from the cabinet office,” who mentioned that he would be subjected to an attack if he participated in the strike. Al-Ansi described what happened as “bullying activities,” warning that such acts may aim to promote the enforcement of laws preventing peaceful sit-ins.

The recent strike was the tenth among many strikes organized by journalists, human rights activists and politicians, who decided to hold demonstrations and sit-ins every Tuesday in Freedom Square until their demands are met.

The sit-ins fall within a framework of demonstrations staged to protest the blocking of SMS news services and electronic web sites, in addition to demanding the release of imprisoned journalists such as Abdul Karim Al-Khaiwani.

It is worth mentioning that this strike took place on Wednesday instead of Tuesday because of attempts by security forces to prevent strikers from demonstrating in front of the cabinet building, using the excuse that the square was crowded by dancers and people celebrating President Saleh’s re-election. Although demonstrators were not convinced of such an excuse, they agreed to delay the sit-in until Wednesday.

Mid-year press freedom report in Yemen

Filed under: Media, Saada War, Security Forces, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:11 pm on Sunday, July 15, 2007

Yemen Observer

More and more press freedoms are being violated in the interests of national security, according to the mid-year report on press freedom in Yemen by Women Journalists Without Chains. The report was discussed in Freedom Square last Tuesday. The discussion coincided with the ninth protest held by the WJWC to protest the government’s blocking of SMS news services and its refusal to grant some newspaper licenses. “The press world is full of pains and hopes,” said Tawakkol Karman, chairwomen of the WJWC. “There were many promises made by the president that have inspired people to create even more than newspapers.

However, two frustrating incidents took place during this year—the case of Khaled Salman, who sought asylum in the UK after he was tried for 14 press cases and had definite death threats against him. Also mentioned was the imprisonment of Abdul-Karim al-Khaiwani, the editor in chief of Shura.net, who is currently in prison on charges of being involved with the al-Houthi rebels in Sa’ada. “If two or more newspapers are granted their license, it is not a big achievement,” Karman said. The coming 10th protest will coincide with the 29th anniversary of the appointment of the president. “We will ask the president to obtain radio and TV channels,” said Karman, as a fulfillment to his promises and to gain our legal rights.”

The report mainly discussed the nature of violations, which have included: verbal and physical attacks, death threats, the confiscation of newspapers, the blocking of websites and SMS news services, indirect revenge by fellow journalists working for pro-government papers, and the trials and imprisonments of journalists. This is the first time the organization has issued a mid-year report on press freedom. “Most of the violations come from security bodies and for security issues,” she said. Najeeb al-Yafe’ei, the editor in chief of Nass Press website, and Bashir al-Said, a journalist in al-Nedaa newspapers have received death threats from some members of the Criminal Investigation Unit after covering the case of Anisa al-Shuaibi, said the report.

Al-Shuaibi has accused the CIU of illegally imprisoning her in Sana’a’s Central prison, where she says she was raped and tortured. Issues of Al-Watan magazine were confiscated in January by the government, because it includes an interview with the former presidential candidate Faisal Bin Shamlan. Anisa Mohamed Othman, a journalist, was insulted in al-Dustour newspaper, which has ties to the government, because she wrote some articles criticizing the government. Also, the news website aleshteraki.net has been blocked because of its covering of the Sa’ada war. “To close the Ministry of Information is a national demand,” said Abdul-Bari Tahir, an ex-president of the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate.

Ahmed Said Hashid, a journalist and a member of Parliament, talked about the violations he was exposed to, both as a journalist and an MP. He was beaten up in the Immigration, Passports and Nationality Office in Sana’a, he said, because he went to visit its jail. The Immigration, Passports and Nationality Office, in previous interviews in the Yemen Observer, denied this claim, and said that Hashid was treated well and released, because they did not recognize him first as an MP, he said. Hashid has also claimed that many people are mistreated in the Political Security prisons.

“It is not the duty of the Ministry of Information to protect journalists,” said Mohammed Shahir, the deputy of the Minster of Information. “Journalists have to come with evidences, not any one could come and claim injustice.” Shahir said that he wouldn’t mind if the Ministry of Information closed. At least he could find a better paid job, he said, teasingly. “However, canceling the Ministry won’t make any change,” he said. “Many countries have no Ministry of Information and media there is run by its intelligence.”

Both opposition and the government have to collaborate and work towards a common goal, said Shahir. However, he has many reservations about the recent protests, saying that many untrue things have been said during these demonstrations. “I challenge that any newspaper came to apply for a newspaper and it was not granted the license,” he said. “They must have dropped the paper of their request, and didn’t follow it up. Also, Karman protests because she was not granted the license of a newspaper. She has a bulletin, but it was not enough for her. “Her NGO is not public to publish a newspaper or to have a radio; WJWC is an NGO and not a corporation.”

As for the establishment of new independent radio stations, the ministry is still waiting for a law that organizes the work, said Shahir. “It will take time until the issue of laws that organize the works of the local media,” he said. This law has to be presented to Shura Council and then to be approved by the Parliament. “So I advise the opposition not only to criticize, but to help in fostering this law and make it see the light. “I think that Yemen achieved unprecedented success during the presidential election, in that oppositions criticized the president on national T.V.,” he said. “This does not happen in all the neighboring countries.”

Protestors came to the recent demonstration for a variety of reasons. “We came to this protest because of al-Khaiwani. Yemen becomes now like America,” said Fakhria Ali, the information specialist in the Yemeni Female Media Forum. “As America has the claim ‘war on terror,’ Yemen has ‘war on Houthis.’” “These protests are good, and it will lead to something, even if it is not obvious now,” said Ahmed Arman, a lawyer.

Some young men were present at the protests. “It is a good protest,” said Fawzi Abdul-Malik, 19, a high school graduate. However, he felt that it lacked lots of campaigns to make their case more popular to people. “I am worried about the results of these protests,” said Ahmed Mohamed, a computer graduate. He believes these protests won’t reach their main goals.

Citizens Protest Security Forces Abuses

Filed under: Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:00 am on Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Al-Sahwa

June 30, 2007- Hundreds of al-Dhalie province’s citizens protested on Saturday over violations committed by security members against citizens, demanding, in the meantime, to hold all those involved in violations accountable.

Local sources said to Alsahwa.net that Ahmed al-Thowair and Borkan Mana’a were harshly beaten by security members under charges of bearing wine.

These violations came after the member of local council Ali al-Awad was abused by security members.

Many demonstrations were arranged in the province, protesting repeated harassments and infringements practiced by security members against citizens.

Regime Promises Violence at Peaceful Demonstration Slated for July 7th, Aden

Filed under: Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 6:57 am on Tuesday, July 3, 2007

TAJ:

The Southern Democratic Assembly “TAJ” express its grave concern of the threatening statement issued by the Yemeni dictatorship and repressive occupation’s regime, which included a direct threats against the Southerners who decided to get out in 7th July this year in a military parade in the city of Aden to express their grave injustices, which were imposed on them by the Yemeni occupation’s regime.

It is nearly half a million southern citizens whom are unfairly and arbitrarily deprived of work either through stopping them unjust at their homes or through moving them to an illegal early retirement. Their salaries or pensions are subject to a regular suspension, deduction and repeated extortion in degrading ways.

The enough is enough… the Southerners’ complains have been ignored for long time, no one listens to them, repeated false promises have been given by the occupation authorities and by the Yemeni president himself to eliminate injustice and to settle the southerners military and civilian personnel’s conditions and to treat them equally to their peers from the Yemen Arab Republic. The Southerners have in vain appealed to the occupation authorities to stop exercising the increasingly racial and discriminatory practices against them.

As a result of all these practices, the Southerners have formed their own associations for the forcibly retired military and civilian officers and employees (MCRA) and have organized protests in various southern cities. The associations organised a big and a wide demonstrations and marches on 22nd May of this year. Despite the fact that those marches and demonstrations were exposed to suppression and live shoots used by the security forces, but they could not stop them, on the contrary using violence by the Yemeni occupation authorities attracted more southern participants and made the demonstrations more active and bigger. The activities and events of (MCR)’s have been escalated and developed, they have raised their demands’ level by asking the international community to interfere and monitor the demands of the Southerners. They have submitted a memorandum to the European Union and to the General Assembly of the United Nations asking them to intervene in ending the occupation and in restoring the rights of the southerners’ citizenship, which have been confiscated by the Yemeni regime in the name of the unity.

The Southerners are determined to organize a great march and a military parade for the southerners forcibly retired military personnel in the southern state eternal capital; the city of Aden, on 7th July of this year, the day of Aden and the South fall in the hands of the Yemen military forces in 1994, which occupies our country until the resent day..

This important peaceful event aimed at drawing the international community’s attention to the South and to its citizens’ suffers. The Yemeni regime overdoes oppressing the southerners in trying to stop them even of such peaceful activities, which are guaranteed by the constitution of the occupation’s state itself and by the international laws, it is a natural and humane right in the first degree.
The press statement of Sana’a’s Akhbar al-Youm newspaper, which is very close to the security forces’ the authority and to the presidential palace, has threatened directly the southerners who are announced to organize the military parade and protest accusing them of conspiring against the nation for the benefit of the foreign affairs. This new and dangerous escalation is added to the repressive and arbitrary practices against the southerners and their basic human rights.

On one hand “TAJ” calls the southern citizens to attend and support this legal peaceful demonstration , which could not be halted by the occupation authorities for the lack of the legal justification, on the another hand it warns the Yemeni authorities of resorting to the repressive methods and to the security forces’ threats, It stresses that this dangerous escalation made by the occupation authorities will lead to imposing violence on the south and will resort the southerners to the armed confrontation in a country where the authorities do not respect the law.

At the time, which “TAJ” warns Sana’a’s authorities of playing with fire, it confirms that the threats will not deter us from demanding our rights whatever is the price, it calls all embassies operating in Yemen to watch the position as witnesses in case if Sana’a’s authorities will implement its threats in using the illegal force to confiscate the southerners citizenship’s rights. If they do so no doubt it will be the catalyst to the southern to oppose the violence and defend their rights by the proper method.
We make this appeal also to the states and organizations demanding them to pressure the Yemeni occupation regime to stop the violations and the racial discrimination against the Southerners. No doubt that the violence will sweep the country into a vortex, which will not come out of it. We are sure that the violence is going to burn the dry and the green and feel that it is our duty to inform the bodies who are interested in the Yemeni’s affairs and we have already done that.

Southern Democratic Assembly “TAJ “

South Yemen
Sunday 1st July 2007

update: 7/4:

SANA’A. (26sep.net) – In the framework of HE President Saleh, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, care and keenness and his directives in resolving the issues of the military retired has issued today two decrees No. (40) of 2007 to promote 493 officers to higher ranks.

The decree enacted to promote 69 officers from the rank of colonel to the brigadier and to promote 16 officers from the rank of Major-Colonel into the Colonel and 23 officers from the rank of Major to the Major-Colonel and 53 officers from the rank of captain to the Major and 322 officers from the rank of Ist-lieutenant to the captain and 10 officers from the 2nd lieutenant to Ist-lieutenant.

HE President Saleh, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces also issued the decree No. (41) of 2007 to return 637 officers to service with their former military ranks who include 88 Colonels, 207 Majors-Colonel, 242 Majors, 40 captains and 54 in lieutenant ranks.

And “26sep.net” will publish the text of the two decrees and the names of the officers who mentioned.

Shabwa: Military Runs Amuck, Provokes Tribal Response

Filed under: Military, Security Forces, Tribes, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:04 pm on Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Thats not how the story is written but thats what happened:

Almotamar.net – A local source in the governorate of Shabwa said Tuesday a mediation committee has been formed including members from the local authority and sheikhs succeeded in containing a problem happened the day before yesterday between emergency policemen and gunmen from the tribe of Lakmoush.

Stating to almotamar.net the source added that the mediation committee chaired by Sheikh Faarid al-Awlaqi and a number of Baihan area sheikhs managed to calm down confrontation and there is at present negotiation with sheikhs of Lakmoush for holding a tribal meeting to settle the problem.

Confrontations erupted the day before yesterday between gunmen from the tribe in Shabwa and members of security checkpoint resulted in the killing of two troops and one civilian and the injury of eleven others, including a number of citizens.

Political Violence Flares

Filed under: GPC, Islah, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:04 pm on Sunday, June 24, 2007

Almotamar.net – Gunmen from the Yemeni Islah party in Hdeidah governorate attacked Friday a leading official from the General People’s Congress (GPC) in the district of Al-Hali, Hudeidah.

Local sources mentioned that the GPC official Ammar Fuad Ali Abbas is now at a hospital for treatment from serious injuries in the head and limbs caused by being beaten with sticks and iron clubs by elements from the Islah party, one of the opposition parties with hardliner religious orientation after they have lured him out of his house Friday evening.

Te sources told almotamar.net that the attackers who were almost killing him have previously carried out similar attacks on a number of citizens in the district just because of their different political affiliations.

The sources also attributed the latest attack to former differences erupted between the GPC official and Islah elements during the presidential and local elections held last September.

Meanwhile, security men in the governorate were able to arrest the Islah official Abd Rebah al-Farawi the main suspect in this incident and he is being interrogated while they continue chasing the other elements accused in this attack.

al-Harabi Shot At

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Parliament, Saada War, TI: Internal, Targeting, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:47 am on Friday, June 15, 2007

Almotamar.net – Member of the Yemeni Shoura council, chairman of al-Habari Group for Industries Yahya Ali Al-Habari came under abortive attempted assassination on Thursday morning at Al-Hasaba area in Sana’a.

Al-Habari told almotamar.net six gunmen opened fire on him near thee company offices situated in Arab League Street in Hasaba, wounding his driver while he escaped the killing attempt.

The businessman added the attackers were from Arahab area, Sana’a governorate and their car plate number has been written down and the concerned authorities have been informed on the incident.

He said the minister of interior Dr Rashad Al-Alimi has given his orders for arresting the attackers to be sent to court. Policemen opened file on the incident to chase the suspects whom Al-Habari accused to be behind the assassination attempt because he refused an extortion operation.

Sanaa, 15 June (AKI) – Gunmen in Yemen believed to be Islamic extremists have shot and wounded the head of the country’s parliamentary human rights commission according to a report Friday on an Arab news portal. Yhya al-Hibari was travelling in a car in the centre of the capital Sanaa on Thursday when he came under fire, the Moheet portal reported. His chaffeur was also hit and was taken to a hospital where his condition was described as serious, the report said.

YT

Al-Habari, a senior businessman, who has strong ties with the ruling party, the General People Congress, has showed his support many times to government policies especially levying taxes on senior businessmen.

Yemeni Chambers of Commerce Union, Freedoms Committee at the Consultative Council, and the Ministry of Youth and Sport as well as Al-Ahli Club denounced the assassination attempt and demanded the concerned security authorities to catch the perpetrators and refer them to judiciary as such a phenomenon defames Yemen among investors.

Al-Habari told Al-Ayyam he was heading to his office without body guards as per his tradition. Suddenly, gunmen intercept with their car and fired randomly at his car, hinting he personally knows those who targeted him and they belong to some security institutions.

He pleaded upon President Saleh to work on limiting arms bearing as such phenomenon harms the country’s reputation and pushes investors out, hinting that he would sell all his belongings and leave the country if the situation remain as it is.

Likewise, Al-Habari called on the Parliament to hasten issuing arms bearing law as arms have become a means for terrorizing and blackmailing citizens, maintaining that investments usually prefer quite and armless environments.

PM’s Nephew Murdered

Filed under: Ministries, Targeting, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:15 pm on Monday, June 11, 2007

Could be some tribal thing unrelated to the current political situation, but generally speaking, marching: good; shooting: bad.

Almotamar.net – A relative of the Yemeni Prime Minister Dr Ali Mohammed Mujwar died in Abyan governorate Sunday evening of fire shots by unidentified gunmen.

Security sources told almotamar.net that Farid Saleh Ahmed Mujwar nephew of the prime minister, the son of Abyan governor brother died Sunday of fire shots by unidentified persons when he was in a farm where he works as agent to its owner in Sakin Uwais area, 5 km from Jaar district in Abyan governorate.

Security men closed down the area where the incident took place to chase and arrest the killers, their motives are not known yet.

20,000 Protest in Dhalie

Filed under: Political Opposition, Security Forces, South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:12 pm on Monday, June 11, 2007

YT:

AL-DHALE’E, JUNE 10 – A crowded demonstration took place through main streets in Al-Dhale’ governorate heading toward the government complex located in Sanah area, to protest against the security violations by a number of military personnel against a member of the governorate’s local council last week who happens to be affiliated with an opposition party. Al-Eshteraki.net stated that the demonstrators were twenty thousand and they enchanted anti-ruling party slogans.

According to eye witnesses, security personnel attacked local council member Mr. Ali Al-Awdi as he was visiting a number of imprisoned citizens belonging to his constituent; “These citizens were detained because of practicing their democratic right of participation in a precedent demonstration” sources at the local council said.

The security personnel attacked the council member by hitting him by the ends of their Kalashnikov machine guns, while kicking him in front of the government building.

The Joint Meeting Parties called on the citizens of the governorate to go for a peaceful demonstration as the governorate authorities ignored the incident against local council member Ali Al-Awdi, who is the chairman of the social affairs committee within Al-Dhale’e’s local council in Al-Dhale’ governorate.

The demonstrators repeated a number of outcries and slogans denouncing the security aggressions and also the increasingly higher costs of living, calling on the ruling party to learn how countries are run and to properly govern the people, instead of harassing elected representatives of the public

In a press release, the JMP indicated that the demonstration took place only after the authorities did not take any action against the offenders, and that there were no transparent probe explaining why the soldiers behaved in that way and who issued the directives to beat Mr. Al-Awdi.

It is worth mentioning that this demonstration is a first-ever type of events for months in terms of the intensity of the crowded mass starting from JMP headquarter heading toward the government complex on foot, repeating denouncing shouts.

Following the demonstration, undersecretary of the governorate Mr. Mohammed Sa’eed Moflah affirmed that the demonstrators’ message is on its way to reaching higher authorities, and that the government will look into their demands.

However, sources at the JMP expressed their pessimism that the authorities will not take disciplinary actions against the aggressors, adding that all the precedent attacks against citizens were met with nothing but negligence and ignorance.

TAJ Warns that Injustice will lead to Explosion in Yemen

Filed under: South Yemen, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 10:58 pm on Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Southern Democratic Assembly (TAJ)
For Self-determination to South Yemeni People
www.tajaden.org

URGENT STATEMENT
(TAJ) alerts the international community to the seriousness of the accelerated
incidents in the South of Yemen.

To
The Secretary-General of the United Nation
The President and members of the UN Security Council
The President of European Commission
The Secretary General of the Arab League
The Secretary General and the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council
The world’s leaders and the international and regional organizations
Peace be upon you

The Southern Democratic Assembly (TAJ) would like to draw your attention to the
seriousness of the accelerated incidents in South Yemen in general and in the area of
Almahfad- Abyan governorate in particular.

On 22nd May 2007, which is the day of what so called “unification”, the dictator of
Sana’a Ali Abdullah Saleh and his clan were celebrating in the northern city of Ibb
whereas all governorates of the South were witnessing peaceful demonstrations,
marches and political speeches calling for the end of the Yemeni tribal and military
occupation to our country. They held a big meeting in Hadhramout governorate, in the
city of Mukalla where attended representatives from different regions of the South.
The peaceful demonstration in the city of Dhala was repressed by the troops of the
northern Yemeni occupation and used the life shots; also the demonstration in
Shabwah governorate was oppressed by the security forces of the Yemeni occupying
regime and kidnapped the leader of the Reconciliation and Tolerance Committee Mr.
Naser Thabet Alawlaqi and kept him in the custody for 24 hours. The most serious
thing amongst all these incidents are the armed uprising in the area of Al-Mahfad in
the governorate of Abyan, which is led by the retired officer (forcibly) Saeed
Shahtoor calling for the southern rights and end of the Yemeni occupation to the
South. The uprising is continued and developed dramatically indicating to a bloody
confrontation with occupiers.

The protest in Al-Mahfad is a clear proof to what “TAJ” has warned, that if the
Yemeni regime keep ignoring the southern demands and continuing to implement a
systematic discrimination and oppression; no doubt it will lead to an armed conflict,
which has already started in Al-Mahfad.

The Southern Democratic Assembly “TAJ” would like to remind the international
community about our frequent warns during the last 3 years to the serious
consequences due to continuing Yemeni occupation to our country. We have been
raising or concerns about the unaccepted situation before all bodies that we met or
contacted in the Untitled States, Europe, the Arab league, and all the international
organisations.

The Yemeni arrogant military occupation holds the full responsibility for the
deteriorated situation and for the serious results of its practice in the South. This
uprising is the first spark, which will lead to a bloody confrontation between the
southern citizens and the Yemeni occupiers. No doubt this confrontation will not be
between occupiers and the militants and the citizens in the area of Al-Mahfad only but
it will be spread to different areas in the south as the tension now is in its high level
and no one could foretell its results.

The Southern Democratic Assembly “TAJ” would like to draw the attention of the
International community and ask it to interfere and implement the international law in
supporting our people’s cause in achieving the self-determination and have its own
free state. It is the legal and the moral responsibility of the international community
mainly the Arab and Islamic states to break their silence and denounce the Yemeni
occupation that breaches in a wide scale the South people’s human rights, including
erasing their identity, looting their wealth and properties, depriving them of jobs,
freedom and neglecting their peaceful demands.

We keep repeating or call to the international community to implement 924 and 931
resolutions of the Security Council for 1994, and pressurise the Yemeni occupation to
comply with the international law and conventions. The moment that we have warned
of has already come and it will be too late if there is no immediate international
interfere to sort out the conflict peacefully and fairly.
Southern Democratic Assembly
27th May 2007

موقع صوت الجنوب

http://www.soutalgnoub.com

Yemen is not a free country

Filed under: Security Forces, Targeting, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 10:14 pm on Tuesday, May 29, 2007

A rather forthright editorial:

Republic of Yemen is not a free country. It is ruled by a cruel system that controls our every day life. Our phones are tapped. Our talk is recorded. Every move is monitored, and every action is registered.

One would think that with such severe security measures, peace and stability would prevail. One would think that order and rule of law would dominate and the judiciary system is above all. Unfortunately this is not true, not even remotely.

Not only are we ruled by the fierce fist of security, we also have no legal rights or justice. Civilians are kidnapped and killed everyday. press is paranoid with self-censorship to the extent that the majority of Yemeni media have become “more royal than the king”, and last but not least, we are living in a state of fear.

Yemenis fear for their lives because of the spread of arms and the absence of law. Yemenis fear for their living because of the deteriorating living standards and soaring prices of basic commodities. They fear for their health because of the enormous risk of catching diseases and the pathetic health care services. They fear for their intelligence because of the ridiculous education and spread of ignorance, not to mention being stoned half the time with Qat.

But most of all, Yemenis fear for their freedom because they are driven into the verge of insanity, always looking behind their shoulder. For at any time, without having a chance to defend yourself, someone could simply accuse you of being a terrorist, an Islamic fundamentalist, a spy of a “friend country” – which by the way the government maintains diplomatic ties with, only it kidnaps and harasses anyone who is suspected of entering its embassy. Someone could accuse you of being a threat to “public security” because of voicing unconventional ideas such as equal citizenship and freedom of expression, and last but not least, the latest fashion is the accusation of being a Houthi follower.

Everyone knows Yemen is a “strategic partner” in the global war against terror. Under the pretext of terrorism everything is possible. After all, everything is allowed in love and war, isn’t it? And who loves us more than our beloved government?

I used to think that we are in a country with a margin of freedom and emerging democracy. I used to look with pride to our recent presidential and local council elections and admire how close we have become to reasonably free elections, especially when I look at the political systems of less fortunate countries.

But, my smile fades when I realise how small this achievement is compared to the undignified life Yemenis suffer everyday. I don’t care if the coming elections are going to be fair and if I am not going to live long to witness them, either because I have starved to death, died of malaria, or lost my sanity because of everything else.

Bomb in Sana’a Kills Child

Filed under: Security Forces, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 3:02 pm on Sunday, May 27, 2007

TVNZ: A bomb hidden in a cardboard box in Yemen has exploded, killing a child as school pupils walked past, a government official says.

It is not clear who was behind the attack, on the outskirts of the historic old city of Sanaa, but an investigation is underway.

Another passer-by was wounded in the blast, the official said.

Yemen, the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden, joined the United States-led war against terrorism after the Sept 11, 2001 attacks in the US. It has been the site of several major attacks by al Qaeda-linked groups in recent years.

The government is battling both al Qaeda-linked groups and, separately, Shi’ite Muslim rebels in the north of the country, but bombings are unusual in the capital.

Demonstrations for Justice in CID Head Murder

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Security Forces, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:44 am on Tuesday, May 1, 2007

SANA’A, April 29— Some Members of Parliament together with many sheikhs and hundreds from Al-Mahweet governorate congregated before Presidency Palace in Al-Sabaen in protest against non-arrest of those who killed Col. Ali Mahmoud Qusailah, head of Criminal Investigation office in Mareb after being trapped by the end of the last month by unknown people.

Hamoud Qusailah, Col. Ali’s father, pointed out the end behind such demonstration is to ask authorities to arrest those responsible for killing his son and accused the state of being impaired. He further noted that the demonstration will continue until the killers are arrested. He also added that President Saleh promised to arrest killers within twenty days.

Hamoud elaborated that his son was in an official task and delegated by high ranking officials to perform it; however, he did not reveal the nature of this task.

Sheikh Hamoud Qutainah asserted the demonstration will continue until their demands are met by state represented in arresting those involved, maintaining “this is the aim for which we are peacefully demonstrating.”

Demonstrators’ media committee set strict rules for them to follow including asking the demonstrators not to bear any firearms and to follow the instructions of the organizing committees as well as standing in those places meant for that end.

Ali Qusailah, from Bait Qusailah in Al-Mahweet’s Dhul’ Kawkaban, was born in 1964 in the Capital. He is married and has got five children. He graduated from Police Academy, batch 23. He assumed many security posts in the Capital. In 2001, he was appointed as head of Mareb’s Criminal Investigation Department and assistant chairman of Mareb’s security department. He received many training courses including a course on anti money laundering in France, an other one on anti terrorism in US and on Crisis Management in Saudi Arabia.

The National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms, known as HOOD, demanded Interior Ministry to investigate the circumstances of Qusailah’s killing as well as Maj. Saleh Taisan, head of Al-Matemah district security department in Al-Jawf governorate.

It also stressed the importance of quickly arresting those accused of committing the crimes in order to meet the fair punishment so as not to make security soldiers and officers subjected to assassinations.

As usual there are nine versions of what happened from murdered by drug gangs to the idea that he was killed because he was about to flip a major al-Qaeda figure.

Security Official Death Water Related

Filed under: Security Forces, Water, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:20 am on Monday, April 23, 2007

90% of acts of violence result from water disputes. I have to see if this is the same one that other reports say was terror related.

Sana’a, April 19 (Saba)- The murder of security director in Al-Matama district of Al-Jawf province was not a terrorist act, according an official source.

The source said the murder occurred when the security director Saleh Mohammad Teisan went to settle a dispute over digging a water well
in Al-Matama.

It confirmed in a statement to Saba that Teisan was alone denying reports that he was accompanied by seven security personnel, calling media to check facts and credibility.

al-Hittar to Discuss Iraq in Dialogs

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Religious, Saada War, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:54 am on Friday, April 20, 2007

That’s new, up to now al-Hittar only discussed the illegitimacy of attacks within Yemen based on the concept of obedience to a Muslim leader.

Religious schools to be monitored, good -if they mean the actual extremist ones not this duplicitious word game thats been going on for some time now.

Hittar also intends to quell the violent religious rhetoric against non-Muslims, that would be nice.

He’s going to try dialog again with the al-Houthis but there’s some inherent problems with that.

But all in all, it *sounds* good. Time will tell. Of course al-Hittar is connected to the security services, so we’ll see if he’s standing with or against extremism. If he’s against, its going to be hard.

Also again the basic point that dialog with misguided extremists is good, however unencumbered dialog within society at large would go a long way toward keeping these assorted teen-agers from blowing themselves up on a regular basis and murdering other people in the process. Before anyone gets to prison is the best time to talk about these things, but of course the regime has a bit of an issue with free expression and criticism.

Gulf News:

Sanaa: The Yemeni government said it is working on a two-year plan to avoid any future war, like that with Al Houthis in the north, with extremist groups.

The plan aims to address the reasons behind extremism and replace them with moderation, said Judge Hamoud Al Hetar, Minister of Endowments and Religious Guidance, in an exclusive interview with Gulf News.

“It also aims to create a culture of tolerance, coexistence between Yemenis on one hand and between Yemenis and the other nations on the other,” said Al Hetar, who is known for his dialogue programmes with Al Qaida suspects and Al Houthi followers.

Talks

Al Hetar started his dialogue programme in August 2002 with the Yemenis who returned from Afghanistan and hundreds of them were released after the programme.

The plan will include the young Yemenis influenced by ideas of jihad and who go to Iraq to fight against the Americans, he said.

“Yes, the strategy will deal with the extremists, whoever they are, and if there are people influenced by extremist ideas, the strategy will be an important factor to treat their mistaken ideas,” he said.

Madrassas

Over the last two years, the Ministry of Endowments has been watching the religious schools with the aim of closing down those that work outside the law and adopt extreme views and violence in their curriculum. No school has been closed down so far.

Al Hetar did not confirm or deny this because he was appointed only two weeks ago as a minister. But he said the issue would be under discussion.

There are procedures that must be followed by anyone or any group who wants to establish such schools, he said.

Salafi schools which are scattered throughout Yemen, are among the schools which the government wants to get rid of to check extremism.

Al Houthi followers recently attacked a Salafi school in Sa’ada after accusing them of fighting with the government troops.

Though the Salafis do not recognise the constitution or democracy, they call for obedience to President Ali Abdullah Saleh who was elected according to the constitution.

“They [Salafis] believe in the legitimacy of the existing regime, and as long as they believe in the legitimacy of the regime, they will recognise the results of the means of installing the ruler, which are democracy and the constitution,” Al Hetar said.

“They do not believe in the constitution? Yes, [they do not] as an opinion. But they did not break it. The constitution and laws should be the reference for all, so whosoever commits to the constitution he is moderate and he who does not is an extremist,” he explained.

Schools of violence

“If any of these schools started to call for violence, it must be stopped, even if the violence did not start. If their curriculum calls for using weapons and to fight the state or fight others, it is dangerous.”

The minister said his strategy aims to remove reasons for violence and hatred and ways of inciting people against the others.

“We call for dialogue between the religions and with the nations and people and civilisations to achieve coexistence between the followers of the [different] religions and nations, and there should be respect for … everyone and every religion,” he said.

When asked about some mosque leaders who keep insulting and cursing non-Muslims during public prayers, he said that was not Islam.

‘It is not Islam’

“This is not Islam at all, Islam has very clear positions to deal with others. Such supplications do not go with the spirit of Islam. We are ordered to treat the non-Muslims kindly, if they did not fight us in our countries, or drive us out from homes. Disbelieving or being infidels, or having a different religion, is not a justification for war or killing or cursing [the people],” Al Hetar said.

He recited verses from the Quran in support, saying: “Allah forbiddeth you not those who warred not against you on account of religion and drove you not out from your homes, that ye should show them kindness and deal justly with them. Lo! Allah loveth the just dealers,” (Mumtahana, eight).

When asked the steps his ministry can take against the extremist mosque leaders, he said the religious discourse that calls for excluding others and making hatred must be reviewed.

“Generally speaking, the religious discourse should be reviewed,” he said.

Al Houthi followers ‘copying Al Qaida’

The rebels in Sa’ada in the north of Yemen are deceiving people and their leader Al Houthi is adopting the style of Osama Bin Laden’s Al Qaida, said an official in Sanaa yesterday.

The recently appointed Minister of Endowments and Religious Guidance, Judge Hamoud Al Hetar, also said Al Houthi and his followers want only to achieve political and personal gains at the expense of Islam and Muslims.

“Al Houthi exploited the ideological vacuum among the youth in his area, and he tried to fill the vacuum with his wrong ideas by planting wrong concepts about Islam,” Al Hetar, who conducted a failed dialogue with Al Houthi followers before the war broke out, told Gulf News.

“He and his followers adopted the same style of Al Qaida to exploit the youth … [and] achieve political and personal gain at the expense of Islam and Muslims.”

The minister denied that the state encourages Sunni extremists against Al Houthis, who are Shiites, as a way of striking a balance.

“It is just a rumour that [makes its rounds] from time to time for political wrangles. Yes, there may be some kind of balancing for some reasons but this does not mean that the state makes a sect [fight] against another sect,” he said.

The state announced fatwas and religious decrees, saying it is a religious obligation to fight Al Houthi followers when the war broke out earlier this year.

Although the official said what is happening in Sa’ada at present is not a sectarian war, he defended the declaration of fatwas against them.

“It is an armed rebellion and breaking of the law and constitution, but certainly there are texts in the Quran and the Sunna which support the legitimacy [of] all modern constitutions and laws which ban overthrowing of governments; overthrowing the existing regime by force is banned by all humane and divine laws,” he said.

The state is not against a certain Islamic sect but it is against those who break the law and use violence against the state, the minister said.

It has been three months now since the war between Al Houthi followers and the government troops erupted, killing hundreds of Yemenis.

Despite the failure of previous attempts, the official said he would continue dialogue with Al Houthis after the war comes to an end.

“Force alone will not be enough to solve the Sa’ada problem; there should be a dialogue to solve the problems. The Sa’ada problem started by ideology and it should be treated by ideology,” he said.

Amother version of the same article with more detail about plans to close extremist schools: (Read on …)

Darsi Case

Filed under: Trials, Tribes, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:52 am on Tuesday, April 17, 2007

via Hood On Line

by Fathi Al-Ta’ami, Nass press
The Prosecution representative called Bait Al-Faqeeh Court to impose maximum punishment on Shuaib Al-Fasheq for what he has done against Hamdan Darsi by violating his humanity. After the decision of Minister of Justice, the court session of today was held in Al-Hodeidah City during which the Judge Jalal Noman Al-Maqtari, Chairman of the Court, heard the text of accusation against Al-Fasheq including: “ Shaib had restricted the freedom of the offender, Hamdan Al-Darsi and used a solid instrument, after painted with oil, and violating his honor.”

For his part, Shuaib Al-Fasheq denied what has been mentioned by the Prosecution affirming that these allegations are not correct. Al-Fasheq’s lawyer asked the court to postpone theuntil the case is studied which is the same demand of requested by the prosecutors. The session, in solidity with Al-Darsi, a number of journalists and lawyers in the forefront the representative of Allawo Corp. For Advocacy and Legal Consultancies in Hodeidah Mr. Khalid Al-Raimi in addition to some people interested in human rights.
The Prosecution of Appeal issued in Hodeida : January 28, 2007 a verdict of accusation against Sheikh Shuaib Al-Faseheq and to be transferred to the court as he attacked the citizen Hamdan Al-Darsi.
Head of Hodeidah Appeal Prosecution, Judge Ali Al-Samet accused Shuaib Al-Faseq of restricting the freedom and violating the honor of Darsi, removed his clothes, chained him with iron chains and inserted a solid instrument in his anus and sent him out the house naked. The Attorney-General Dr. Abdullah Al-Olifi gave his orders on December 23rd, 2007 to investigate in the case and to arrest the offenders after Al-Darsi presented a complaint to him against Al-Fasheq.
For his part, Al-Husainiah citizens in Bait Al-Faqeeh provinvce, Hodeidah Governorate denounced what happened to Hamdan Al-Darsi of beatings, torture and violation of his honor by Sheikh Shuaib Mohammed Hassan Al-Fasheq and his companions. In a written statement with their signatures, Nass press got a copy of it, they explained that Hamdan was sent in AL-Fasheq private prison under the pretext that he was working in a building that was under arguments in the mid of last December asserting that Al-Fasheq’s followers put chains on his feet and left him with no food until the midnight. They added in their statement, “then Al-Fasheq ordered his followers to take off the clothes of Hamdan and to hang his feet in the ceiling, then Al-Fasheq inserted a thick stick in his anus and poured wine over head and threatened him with burning him with sulfur and then sent out the prison and threatened to be killed if he talked about what happened to him. Hamdan says “during torture and also after the completion of his criminal act and violation of my honor, he used to put his cigarette in my anus and he put a knife on my neck, I wished that he slaughtered me and not to do what he did.”
About the torture of Hamdan Al-Darsi, a report prepared by Hodeidah Security based on eye-witnesses stated that Al-Fasheq imprisoned Hamdan from afternoon Wednesday 12, 20th, 2006 and tortured physically then released after midnight after he finished his torture and sent him out his home naked. The report pointed out that the victim submitted a medical report issued from the Health Office of Bait Al-Faqeeh Province shows geological, burning and swelling of the anal victim, and the presence of abrasions, burning and swollen behind left leg and forearms.

YT:

HODEIDA

Court tries MP for torturing citizen

April 22 — Chaired by Judge Jalal Al-Maqtari, Beit Al-Fasheq Court held on Saturday a sitting to discuss the case of Shu’eib Al-Fasheq, an MP who is charged with torturing a simple citizen. At the sitting, prosecution asked the court to oblige the suspect to compensate the victim Hamdan Darsi, who suffered psychological and physical harms after being subjected to attacks and beatings. The defense-advocate, who defends Al-Fasheq, accused certain parties of staining the MP’s image in newspapers and magazines.

The Midnight Sniper Goes to Court

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Security Forces, Trials, USA, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:43 am on Tuesday, April 17, 2007

the lone deranged gunman

almotamar.net – The Penal Specialized Court began Monday the first of its sittings for considering the case of attacking the American embassy in Sana’a last December by a 20-year-old young man.

In the session presided by Judge Najib al-Qadiri the court decided retaining the lawyer Nadia al-Khulaidi to defend the accused and paying costs of the defence as the defendant is insolvent.

The general prosecution demanded the application of the law of punishments and crimes affiants the defendant and to apply the utmost punishment against him as what he committed affects the nature of the Yemeni-American relations and offends reputation of the country.

Representative of the prosecution accused the defendant of taking part with unidentified persons for attacking the American embassy in Sana’a and implementing their terrorist plot using a minibus after forcing its driver to stop in front of the embassy building in the night of 5 December the last. He prosecution representative said the defendant had surveyed and watched the site of the embassy and arranged a means for the attack with a Kalashnikov gun. He added the defendant shot the gate of the embassy and inflicted damages on it.

According to statements of gathering evidence the defendant admitted that the idea of attacking the embassy was in response to jihad call he heard it from many preaches and recordings. He said he bought the gun from Jahafa market to the south of the capital and decided to attack the embassy after midnight when the street will be empty.

The court decided to adjourn the trial to the end of this month so that to enable the defendant’s lawyer to photocopy the case file.

Security Official Assassinated

Filed under: Security Forces, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:41 am on Tuesday, April 17, 2007

almotamar.net – An official source in Al-Jawf governorate said Monday that gunmen have today assassinated the director of the district of Al-Matma security major Saleh Mohammed Tisan during transportation of water for troops and officers of the area.

Director of Al-Jawf security brigadier general Abdrabu al-Haleesi has affirmed the death of the security official in hospital after he was carried to it and that the incident is a criminal one.

In his statement to almotamar.net he said that a security campaign is underway to chase those suspected to behind the incident.

Mosque Firebombed

Filed under: Religious, Saada War, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:17 am on Monday, April 9, 2007

Sanaa. Unidentified attackers petrol-bombed a Yemeni mosque Friday, wounding 30 worshippers, eight of them seriously, AFP cites the official Saba news agency.
The attackers struck during the main weekly Muslim prayers at the mosque in Amran province, north of the capital, the news agency said.
“Thirty people suffered burns, eight of them serious ones, after unknown individuals entered the mosque… and then proceeded to spray the worshippers with petrol and set them alight,” Saba quoted a provincial official as saying.
Other members of the congregation suffered from the effects of smoke inhalation, the official added.
There was no immediate word on who might have carried out the attack or whether there was any connection with a deadly three-year-old rebellion among the Zaidi minority in Yemen’s northern mountains.

Third attack

SANAA: Attackers poured fuel over worshippers at a mosque in northern Yemen, locked the doors and set fire to it, wounding 30 people, the official Saba news agency reported.

The attack took place on Friday in the northern province of Amran, south of Saada. “Security authorities are investigating to identify the assailants and the motives of this criminal act,” Saba quoted Amran Governor Taha Hajar as saying.

Eight victims in critical condition were taken to the capital Sanaa, while 22 were admitted to local hospitals for treatment for burns, the agency said late on Friday. Several people suffered from smoke inhalation.

Saba said the attack was the third in Amran. In 2001 a man opened fire at worshippers, killing three, and in 2003 a bomb exploded in a mosque killing one man and wounding 50, it said. Yemen, the ancestral homeland of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, joined the US-led war on terrorism after the Sept 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

They are blaming it on a single deranged individual operating from personal motives, although yesterday there was three suspects.

CID Official Assassinated

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Crime, Security Forces, Targeting, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 6:59 am on Thursday, March 29, 2007

almotamar.net – A local official in the governorate of Mareb that criminal elements assassinated director general of criminal investigation in the governorate Wednesday evening and injured two of his bodyguards in an ambush they set for him.

The official added to almotamar.net that Col. Ali Mahmoud Qaseelah died a martyr with shots of an unidentified person at the crossroads of Mareb Dam at about 7:30 Wednesday evening during his return from a field duty.

The source quoted the injured as mentioning that the gunmen carried out intensive shooting of fire on the Colonel’s car that was with two if his bodyguards resulted in his death at once and seriously wounded the two companions. He added that security authorities have started large-scale investigations for pursuing the criminals who fled the area.

Drug Gangs

SANA’A, April 1 — Chief of Mareb’s Investigation Department Col. Ali Hamoud Qusailah was killed while two of his bodyguards were badly injured last Wednesday when returning from an assignment outside the city. The murders trapped Qusailah in the main road leading to the Mareb Dam, some 2km from Mareb city.

According to Mareb Press, based in Mareb, the operation was implemented at night and unknown parties trapped Qusailah and his guards when he was returning to the city. The murderers were without a car, hiding in a thick wood. After shooting Qusailah, they fled the scene; their whereabouts are still unknown. Some sources say drug gangs are behind the incident.

Mareb security apparatuses formed a committee later on to conduct invesigate the incident and hunt the murderers.

The People and Issue Supplement issued by the official Al-Thawrah Newspaper published an interview with Quasilah on Sunday, wherein he mentioned that Mareb security apparatuses managed to put a limit to highway robbery and further crack down on gangs, particularly those positioning on the highways between Sana’a and Hadramout.

Qusailah further noted that Mareb suffers tribal revenge and the absence of justice and solutions to the people’s problems, coupled with poor citizens education. However, he asserted that they managed to arrest many monument-pieces and hand them over to the Monuments Authority.

He stressed as well that drug crimes pose a great concern to the security apparatuses, especially since the governorates have turned out to be a link between Yemen and neighboring countries, explaining that such crimes require greater efforts in order to be eliminated.

The other angle: (Read on …)

Demonstrations against purported French Koran Desecrations

Filed under: Civil Society, LNG, Religious, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 5:26 pm on Monday, March 26, 2007

AS

Hundreds of workers protested Sunday before the French Gas Company after a French had desecrated Koran (the holy Muslim Book ) in Shabwa.

The correspondent of Alsahwanet said that the protesters set a helicopter, belonging to the company, on fire and destroyed the company’s facilities as well as several cars belonging to the company.

Some eyewitnesses affirmed to Alsahwanet that the security forces had intervened to calm the violence and evacuated the French engineer from the centre of the riot. They also said that the police had shot fire and that one protester was seriously injured ant taken immediately to hospital.

More: The violence began when a French employee at a natural gas liquefaction plant being constructed by Yemen LNG in the coastal city of Balhaf threw a copy of the Koran, Islam’s holy book, on the ground, a move that angered Yemeni workers at the plant site. The enraged Yemenis reacted by attacking the French employee and setting fire to a helicopter and a large number of vehicles inside the plant site, the officials said.

Related: Yemenia Promoting French Tourism

Sunday 25 March 2007

26 Septemper News

SANA’A March 25(26sep.net) Yemen Airways in French capital, Paris had organized an evaluation meeting for the French tourist market with the participation of travel and tourism agencies Yemeni market.

In the meeting which was held yesterday evening, Yemeni ambassador in France Ameer Al-Aiddarous had confirmed the importance of organizing this meeting to study French tourist market and the promotion of the features of tourist attractions in Yemen to enhance attracting the French tourists, as France has became on the tops of European countries that export tourism to Yemen.

More on the riot:

YO: riot broke out among 1,000 or so workers of the Yemeni LNG Company working in Balhalf at around 2 p.m. on Sunday, following a dispute between a French worker and a Yemeni worker. Press reports have suggested that the fights erupted after the French worker, who worked for a subcontractor involved with constructing the plant facilities, and whose name has not been released, desecrated the Holy Quran, outraging the Yemenis. (Read on …)

Political Arrests in Yemen

Filed under: Religious, Saada War, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:17 am on Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Deja vu all over again: Yemen Times

Tribal sources report that government forces have initiated a large-scale offensive upon the main Houthi stronghold in Dhahian district, using all types of weaponry, including fighters.

The confrontations which have been ongoing since Saturday left seven soldiers dead and another 45 injured, while Houthi and civilian losses were unspecified due to the siege laid around the target area.

The same source added that government authorities had amassed large forces over the past two weeks in preparation for the offensive, which is due to be complete by the end of this week, according to promises by high-ranking military leaders.

Security apparatuses arrested a group of Houthi loyalists as they were receiving medicine at a Sana’a medical center for their injuries in the ongoing confrontations with Yemeni army forces.

According to Ray News, six individuals who infiltrated Sana’a seeking treatment after being injured in confrontations with armed forces in Sa’ada were arrested earlier this week, together with numerous others accompanying them.

Five soldiers kidnapped

The Islah Party-affiliated Al-Sahwa.net reported that Houthi loyalists kidnapped five soldiers as they headed from Sa’ada to Dhahian district onboard a microbus.

The site added that the five were kidnapped in Al-Sadek area after Houthis established a checkpoint on Dhahian road as their bus was passing through the area carrying both civilians and soldiers in civilian clothing. Houthis seized the five soldiers after forcing all of the travelers to show their IDs.

Mosque preacher arrested

In related news, security personnel arrested Al-Rawdha Great Mosque preacher Mohammed Al-Siraji last Thursday with no justification other than suspected Houthi links.

Al-Siraji, a copy editor for Al-Haq Party’s Al-Ummah newspaper, is a young Zaidi scholar who enjoys widespread respect and recognition among Al-Rawdha city locals, who chose him as preacher for their mosque to replace scholar Mohammed Muftah, whom authorities arrested during the first Sa’ada war in 2004.

Aleshteraki.net reported that a group affiliated with Yemeni intelligence arrested Al-Siraji at his home, which is located in the same zone as Iman University.

Al-Siraji’s arrest comes within a context of arrests, which have included numerous political activists from Al-Haq, the Yemeni Socialist Party and the Public Forces Union, over the ongoing Sa’ada war between the Yemeni army and Houthi loyalists.

Organizations seek to halt war

Under the theme, “Together Against War,” civil society organizations held a symposium Sunday at the headquarters of the Media Women’s Forum, stressing the importance of consolidating political, social, economic and cultural efforts to halt the war in Sa’ada and deal with its consequences.

“We, as human rights organizations, see that war damages the human rights situation in Yemen in all respects: political, social, cultural and economic,” renowned civil society and human rights activist Mohammed Naji Alaw noted.

Speaking in the name of such organizations, Alaw added that the war is accompanied by political congestion and destruction of infrastructure, together with bloodshed and draining resources, thus crippling plans and development programs.

“Further, it has led citizens to chase after sectarianism and religious conflicts, something we thought Yemen was past, following the eruption of the Yemeni Revolution,” he noted.

He continued, saying, “Constitutional legitimacy authorities should bear in mind that they work under the umbrella of Yemeni law and the Constitution, which regulate the extent of using power on the part of those in charge of enforcing the law. The security authority should respect the legal and constitutional rights of those arrested and should be referred to judiciary.”

Alaw maintains that security authorities shouldn’t use kidnapping and secret confinement of detainees, whom he noted should receive a fair trail before a natural judge, not before exceptional courts.

Foreign sympathy for Houthis

Yemeni Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Abu Baker Al-Qirbi pointed out that his recent visit to Iran had clarified the misunderstanding for Iranians, as he assured them that the current war in Sa’ada is not between Sunnis and Shi’ites.

Al-Qirbi added that Houthis, who are leading the insurrection in Sa’ada, are claiming to be Shi’ite in order to attract Iran’s attention and sympathy, further asserting that Houthis are receiving funding from some Arab nations.

The minister told Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper that Houthi loyalists are receiving financial and spiritual support from Arab Shi’ite institutions; however, he denied linking them to Hezbollah.

Al-Qirbi further indicated that Libya sympathizes with Houthis in Sa’ada. “Yahya Al-Houthi’s visits to Libya and his meetings with public leaders there indicate that they sympathize with Houthis,” he added.

Replacing the mosque preachers is going on all over Yemen, and can be viewed as limitation of religious freedom at least and forced conversions at most.

Targeting al-Haq and the Multiparty System in Yemen

Filed under: Political Opposition, Saada War, Targeting, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:02 am on Monday, March 19, 2007

SANA’A, March 17 — In a surprise move, Al-Haq Party Secretary-General Ahmed Al-Shami announced the opposition party’s dissolution.

Al-Haq’s executive committee nominated Hassan Mohammed Zaid, head of its political department, to act in Al-Shami’s place, considering the secretary-general’s actions a personal resignation. It also explained such actions as resulting from pressure related to the ongoing war in Sa’ada.

The party announced that Al-Shami had no right to dissolve Al-Haq, noting that its internal bylaws don’t empower him to make such a decision. According to Zaid, Al-Shami’s action was invalid because neither the secretary-general nor the Parties Affairs Committee has the right to dissolve the party. The only authority able to do so is Al-Haq’s general conference.

“The Parties Affairs Committee dealt with the matter irresponsibly and should have referred to the law and the party’s internal bylaws. Al-Shami would have had to submit his resignation to the party or gather party leaders for dissolution,” Zaid explained.

According to chapter six of Al-Haq’s bylaws, dissolving the party or merging with another party is conditioned by the consent of a majority at the party’s general conference, including the executive committee, the Supreme Authority and the Shoura Council.

Zaid further asserted that Al-Shami’s announcement was made under pressure, although he’s unaware of who advised Al-Shami to do so. He noted that the secretary-general periodically threatened resignation, particularly during stressful moments.

He maintained that the current situation prevents Al-Haq from holding its first general conference, referring to the ongoing war in Sa’ada and Hajjah, together with recent arrests in Dhamar, Mahwit and the capital. However, he assured members that the conference will be held as soon as the situation improves.

Zaid denounced the harsh campaign Al-Shami was subjected to by opponents, including harassment aimed at blackmailing Al-Haq leaders in an attempt to subvert the democratic process in Yemen, citing this as the principle reason for his resignation.

He also condemned dubious campaigns by some official newspapers personally targeting the former secretary-general, as well as pressures upon him to cease publishing the party’s Al-Amah newspaper, noting that Al-Shami ordered the cessation of last Wednesday’s edition. Zaid also voiced regret over the seizure of some party property by one of Al-Shami’s sons.

Al-Haq issued a statement voicing surprise at the suspension of YR 400,000 in government support for the party, considering it a sign of the state’s intolerance of it, its newspaper and its enlightened approach to Islam.

Zaid reiterated his assurance that the Parties Affairs Committee has no right to issue a resolution dissolving any party, even if it loses all its members, as the issue may be referred to the judiciary. He also denounced the recent arrests of party leaders and members, viewing such a step as a dubious move against Al-Haq, as well as multi-party democracy in Yemen.

Al-Haq’s Dhamar branch announced its rejection of Al-Shami’s order to dissolve the party and requested party leaders investigate the issue according to its internal bylaws agreed upon by party members.

At its extended meeting, party leaders from across Dhamar expressed their regret regarding the former secretary-general’s unauthorized behavior, maintaining that he conducted himself as if the party was his own personal property.

They went on to say that the attempt to wipe Al-Haq from Yemen’s political map will only benefit the enemies of pluralism and democracy in Yemen. Their statement called upon political parties and civil society organizations to show solidarity with Al-Haq – in the name of the Joint Meeting Parties – against plans attempting to weaken it.

Al-Shami sent a March 13 letter signed by several other founding party members, including scholars Mohammed Al-Mansour and Hamoud Abbas Al-Moyyad, to the Parties Affairs Committee, informing it of the decision to dissolve Al-Haq after being unable to agree on its general goals. The party hasn’t held a general conference since it was established in 1995.

Teachers Bombed in Lahj, Yemen

Filed under: Children, Unions, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:47 am on Sunday, March 18, 2007

School is closed for three months.

LAHJ

- Teachers cease work over explosion

March 13 — Teachers have refrained from working at Al-Abous district’s Talb School for three months and classrooms remain closed because an identified group detonated a package of explosives in the school, damaging it and intimidating its students, who number as many as 550.

After the incident, parents urged concerned authorities to punish the perpetrators and prevent any armed protests at the school. Lahj Governor Abdulwahab Al-Durrah, directed the chief of the security department to take whatever measures necessary for teachers to resume working, but such hasn’t occurred.

Al-Khaiwani Threatened Again

Filed under: Media, Political Opposition, Saada War, Security Forces, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 9:51 pm on Thursday, March 15, 2007

again

among others

SANA’A, March 14 — Dozens of journalists and political activists gathered Wednesday at the Sana’a-based Yemeni Journalists Syndicate to show their solidarity with Socialist journalist Mohammed Mohammed Al-Maqaleh, who was subjected to threat of physical elimination for his pro-Houthi writings.

The congregators denounced the threatening of their colleague Al-Maqaleh by a group of armed men in front of his house this past Sunday. They also denounced recent assaults on journalists, together with violations of their rights.

They further stressed the importance of restoring the spirit of solidarity among them and hunting those involved in attacks against their colleagues.

Likewise, the journalists condemned accusing Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani, editor-in-chief of the Public Forces Union’s Shoura.net, of Houthism, a charge was directed at him by an official web site. They also criticized government fomenting against journalists over covering the Sa’ada events, considering such step a dangerous setback threatening both press and general freedoms.

They also showed solidarity with their colleagues at Marib Press, who have been threatened many times, and further denounced blocking the Shoura.net web site, indicating that such a step is a continuation of Yemen’s totalitarian past and an offense to its democratic experience.

The recent period has witnessed the highest rates of threat, assault and harassment against media personnel. Further, media outlets have been banned from covering news about Sa’ada, with authorities considering any such coverage as an act against Yemen, support for Houthis and a service to their plans.

For their part, the Yemeni Socialist Party general secretariat warned authorities and security apparatuses on Monday about returning to assignations and physical elimination policies against party leaders and staff.

In a press release, the secretariat assured that what happened to Al-Maqaleh, a Central Committee member and deputy head of the media department, is within the context of aggressive tendencies by some parties in the authority against the Socialist party and its staff.

The release maintained that, “The authority is responsible for any delay in hunting those armed men who threatened Al-Maqaleh,” and demanded investigating and trying the perpetrators who frightened the journalist’s family and neighbors.

The party added that the threat against Al-Maqaleh comes within the context of suppressive campaigns and terrorist acts against Yemeni journalists with the aim of silencing them about massive violations against human rights and citizens.

It also stressed the importance of the journalists syndicate, human rights organizations and political parties showing solidarity with each other to pressure Yemeni authorities to bring to justice those responsible for such violations.

Socialists warn of renewed assassinations

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Political Opposition, Religious, Saada War, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:03 am on Tuesday, March 13, 2007

AS

The General Secretariat of the Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP) has warned of restoring political assassination threats against its leaders and cadres.

It affirmed in a press statement that what happened to its leader, Mohammad al-Maqaleh was a kind of hostile actions practiced against the YSP leaders.

The statement said that the government had responsibilities for pursuing the armed gang that had threatened the YSP leader.

It also asserted that the threat was among the repressive acts and intimidations committed by the authorities against the reporters aiming to prevent them from writing about Saada events.

It appealed all reporters, human right bodies and political parties to stand by and consolidate with the YJS

Zindani calls Socialists Apostates

Filed under: GPC, Religious, Saada War, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:53 am on Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Its contagous. After the regime fatwa-ed the Houthis, al-Zindani is getting into the act by talking against the YSP in religous terms. A variety of Salafi preachers are speaking in harsh terms against Zaidis in general. And one reported that the it was upon orders from the state. Theres a link. I’ll find it later.

almotamar.net – The opposition Yemen Socialist Party newspaper criticized strongly on Thursday sheikh Abdulmajid al-Zindani, member of the higher body of the Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah) party because of remarks he made in Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel program ” Special visit” it broadcast last Saturday.

The political editor of the newspaper said in his article in Al-Thawri newspaper in its last Thursday issue that al-Zindani drew up in his talk to l-Jazeera the weapon of deeming others infidelic, a weapons he considers the sharpest for realizing his dream of rule .

The newspaper added that power is the goal that made AL-Zindani carry this weapon as the YSP is infidel in his view, the unity constitution is infidel and all scholars who differ with him are infidels. And when sharing power was on table of discussion after the elections of 1993 all those were longer infidels.

The paper wondered about the role he intends to play in his return to talk about the YSP after all those years and why the sheikh did not learn from the lessens of life and that those who use him in their political fights deal with him as a reserve for their battle they use whenever they need.
The newspaper denounced al-Zindani campaign against the YSP at circumstances it said “The Joint Meeting Parties has become one of the values of political life in Yemen and expressed its astonishment for al-Zindani’s inauguration of the voice of returning to the climate of adversity.”

Former Attache Shoots Former Ambassador

Filed under: Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 7:49 am on Tuesday, March 13, 2007

26 Septemper News

SANA’A – Security apparatus in the Capital Secretariat has arrested on Monday the former administrative attaché of Yemeni embassy in Pakistan, Mohammed Ateeq while opening fire on the former Yemeni ambassador in Pakistan, Ghalib Al-Adoufi, who is currently a director of Legal Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The security sources told “26sep.net” that the so-called Ateeq tried to escape from the rear fence of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after opening fire on Al-Adoufi.

The sources pointed out that the Department of Criminal Investigation did not so far initiate investigations with the offender so as to determine the circumstances and motives of the incident and because the offender was slightly injured in his legs while trying to jump from the fence of the Ministry and also has been transferred to the hospital for treatment.

On the same sphere, sources at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs excluded any political motivations set behind the incident rather than likely to be personal disputes, especially administrative ones ensued between the two sides as professor Al-Adoufi was working as a former ambassador for Yemen in Pakistan, and the other was working as a former administrative attaché at the Yemeni embassy in Pakistan.

ah, he was crazy.

Tribal Law Implemented by Yemeni Government

Filed under: Judicial, Targeting, Tribes, Yemen, political violence, prisons — by Jane Novak at 8:04 am on Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Sheiks held as hostages and guarantors:

Eleven Sheikhs in Haja Province have appealed the president to immediately intervene to rescue them as they are illegally imprisoned by the governor.

“We are detained fortnight ago in horrible situations and the governor illegally behaves and poses himself as an opponent against some and proponent for others” One of the imprisoned Sheikhs , Nasser Doakain said to Alsahwa.

Sheikh Abass Abu Alama said that sheikhs had guaranteed some persons who the authorities said that they are wanted so as to avoid any potential clashes between the government and the citizens who were subject to settling accounts and were kidnapped and robbed by troops.

For his part, the security director of the province,Ali Altombala said that Sheikhs were held as they guaranteed some wanted people, and we asked them for bringing those people”

The lawyer, Bandar Aladwani asserted that there are no legal warrants which allow holding those people particularly when they could not bring those people and it is the authorities’ duties to arrest persons if guarantors could not

More from the YO on the villagers exiled from their homes by a sheik:

Al-Ja’ashin villagers held a protest Monday morning in front of the Parliament to demand that a committee be formed to investigate their case. The villagers were allegedly expelled from their homes when they refused to pay additional taxes to their local sheikh, Mohammed Ahmed Mansour. The sheikh has denied that he expelled them. He said that the whole story was fabricated by the Islah party and HOOD, which he claims is one of Islah’s tools. (Read on …)

Government bombardment of residential areas, Villagers fleeing

Filed under: Other Countries, Parliament, Political Opposition, Saada War, Security Forces, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 12:17 pm on Monday, February 12, 2007

Wider war launched. Phones cut, journalists prohibited, medical treatment denied. Sheik al-Ahmar sent to Saudi Arabia by presidential mandate prior to Parliamentary vote sanctioning significant military escalation against suspected rebel areas. Reports: high ranking military rejects mediation and political solution, opposition MPs reject Parliamentary vote, al-Houthi issues statement calling for implementation of anmesty agreements, Zaidi scholars who are members of mediation committee accused of treason for highlighting governmental failures and instigation. {{crickets}}

SANA’A, Feb. 11 – Informed sources say military forces have been attacking all Sa’ada governorate villages and areas where Al-Houthi followers exist, using heavy weapons including guns, warplanes and helicopters.

The same sources revealed that Sa’ada was prepared as an operations scene a week ago and witnessed fierce clashes Friday, causing villagers to flee to nearby mountains.

Security authorities isolated the governorate from the outside world by ordering mobile phone companies to switch off all lines between the governorate and other Yemeni areas. Thus, Sa’ada was isolated from the outside world, except for some Thuria mobile phones owned by influential and rich tribesmen. The government also prevented media outlets from entering the governorate.

The Yemeni government hasn’t reported any casualties; however, in a letter sent to the Yemen Times today via email, Member of Parliament Yahya Al-Houthi – brother of rebel Abdulmalik Al-Houthi – declared, “War is aflame on many fronts in Sa’ada, where more than 120 military men have been killed and taken to hospital morgues.”

Yahya Al-Houthi, who now lives in Germany, didn’t speak about the losses among his followers, only saying they were unable to admit their followers to Sa’ada government hospitals.

In his letter, Yahya Al-Houthi called on the authority to abide by agreements reached via the mediation committee and respect those voices calling for ending the war and violations against Sa’ada citizens, including the elderly, women and children. (Read on …)

Yemen issues extradiction request to Interpol for Yahya al-Houthi

Filed under: Political Opposition, Saada War, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 4:30 pm on Saturday, February 10, 2007

For the record, Yahya al-Houthi is a member of Parliament representing the GPC, is not an adherent to his brother’s ideology and hasn’t been to Yemen since 2005 when he fled after repeated threats from “influential persons.” Actually Yahya has been continually advocating peaceful negotiations, mediation and reconcilliaiton in his published statements, as well as accusing the regime of unprovoked attacks and of imposing Salafi preachers on the local Zaidi population as well as prisoner torture and instigating and exploiting the conflict in order to manipulate the international community. But all of that is pretty well established. I always found this to be quite an interesting interview with Yahya al-Houthi.

I find it hard to believe Germany would hand Yahya al-Houthi over to Yemen to face a farcical politicized trial and sentence as occured with Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani and the death sentence imposed on Yahya al-Dailami, both of whom received an executive amnesty after international outcry over the highly irregular proceedures. There’s many others and quite a bit of a pattern here.

Al-Motamar:

Almotamar.net – Hours after the Yemeni authorization of the government on Saturday on putting an end to the recent confrontations in Saada in the suitable way a senior official source said Yemen has handed the Interpol an official memorandum requesting the handing over of the escaped terrorist Yahya Badrudin al-Houthi presently living in German. The Yemeni government said al-Houthi is involved in Saada events and his killing of many citizens and officers and security men of Yemeni armed forces, according to 26september.net that broadcast the source’s announcement on Saturday.

Press sources had mentioned that a number of European countries took a decision in the past few days demanding the listing of The Faithful Youth organization in Yemen “Al-Houthi Followers” in the black list and considering it among world terrorist organizations and consequently demanding the arrest of its leaders, members and affiliates.

After accusing the Houthis of receiving funding from (in turn) Yemeni Jews, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Iran, the regime has apparently settled on Libya as the external villian.

On a related front, the Believing Youth are now calling themselves Mujahideen:

NY: The new leader of rebels in Saada, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, has announced that he and his followers had decided to change the so-called “Faithful Youth” into “Mujahidean Group”.
Abdul-Malik al-Houthi is now the successor of his brother Hussein Badraddin al-Houthi, the leader of “Faithful Youth” who started fighting against the government in 2004 and killed in September 2004.
“We have not any links to the Faithful Youth now. It was completely over in 2004,” a close source to al-Houthi told NewsYemen.
The source said that al-Houthis who are facing the armed forces in Saada “are Mujahidean who raise the slogan “God is the Greatest, death to America and Israel, Victory for Islam.”
“We would like to preserve blood and soldiers are our brothers, but we are not scared. We are Mujahidean against any party seeks to harm us”, said the source.
Asked about the agent of armed forces who could kill one of al-Houthi important leaders, the source said he would not be released. “He is killer and will be fairly tried’, it said.
Al-Houthi “Mujahidean Group” claimed it could attack the Security Department in Al-Safra’a district of Saada early on Friday killing armed forces there. The Group claimed that only one of its members killed.
“We have killed all allies of jaws, servants of the wrongful authority who were existed in that site and we lost only one martyr”, said the Group in a press release, copy of it sent to NewsYemen.
The government forces are attacking al-Houthis in different places north of Saada.
While the Group admitted the army tanks in Al Salim district have heavily attacked it, it said its could respond to such attacks.

Phone lines to Saada have been disconnected. Its going to get bad.

Update: there’s even a link:

Yemen Authorities cut off communications links to the remote province, Saadah which borders Saudi Arabia and is the scene of a military conflict between government forces and armed followers of Shia rebel leader Abdul-Malik Al Houthi.

The Ministry of Telcom and Information Technology declined to comment on the reasons behind blockage which started in all Saada districts except the main town

Local sources affirmed to Alsahwa that areas witnessed relative calmness in the two past days, but they didn’t deny possibilities of renewing clashes in the upcoming hours . On the other hand , a report issued by the mediation committee caused government resentment .

According to state-run paper website, 26 September, parliamentarians demanded in the session held yesterday to take crackdowns against all people who claim that they are mediation committee.

Meanwhile, Yemen demanded the International Interpol to hand over Yahya Alhouthi , brother of the rebellion leader in Saada ,Abdul-Malik Alhouthi , residing in Germany due to his involvement in Saada events .

CPJ: Yemeni Regime All Talk, No Action

Filed under: Judicial, Media, Security Forces, Targeting, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:50 am on Monday, February 5, 2007

yes we know that too

New York, Feb. 1 — The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern in a letter to Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh that one year after a government pledge to investigate a series of brutal assaults on journalists the crimes have gone unpunished.

The letter, of which a copy was directed to to Yemeni Ambassador to the U.S., Abdelwahab Al-Hajjri, stated that in a meeting with Prime Minister Abdelqader Bajammal in Sana’a in January 2006, a delegation voiced concerns about mounting restrictions on the press, including a chilling spate of violent assaults on journalists in 2005. Government agents were suspected of carrying out several of the attacks.

Joel Simon, CPJ’s executive director, asserted that a free and vibrant press hinges on the ability of journalists to carry out their work without fear of reprisal or the threat of violent attack.

“(Yemen’s) government’s failure to solve these disturbing crimes, despite a pledge to do so, sends a message that Yemeni officials are unconcerned when journalists are brutalized and runs contrary to repeated public statements by Yemeni officials in support of press freedoms. We therefore urge you to take immediate action to ensure that those responsible for these attacks are located and brought justice and that your government makes public the results of its efforts to solve these crimes,” he said.

Part of the letter reads, “A year later, however, those responsible for the assaults have evaded justice. Government investigations have proved either incomplete, or it appears that serious inquiries were never launched at all. In only two of the five cases that CPJ brought to the government’s attention did authorities identify suspects and initiate legal action. One of those cases was dismissed, and the other is pending with the suspects free. In three of the five cases, authorities have yet to identify those involved, and it appears that no serious effort was made to do so.”

The cases CPJ raised with Prime Minister Bajammal last year included the abduction of Jamal Amer, editor of Al-Wasat weekly, the attack against Haga’ al-Jehafi, editor of Al-Nahar weekly, journalist Nabil Subaie’s assault, the attack by security officers on Mujeeb Suwailih of Al-Arabiya, and Najib al-Sharabi, of Al-Ekhbariya, and the death threats against Mohammad Sadiq al-Odaini, Center for Training and Protecting Journalist Freedom.

Houthi Crisis Escalating

Filed under: Al-Qaeda, Military, Political Opposition, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 8:35 am on Monday, February 5, 2007

SA’ADA, Feb. 4 — Abdulmalik Al-Houthi, leader of the rebellion in Sa’ada, located 245 km. north of Sana’a, said Sunday that he’s ready to surrender to Sa’ada’s governor, but on condition that his followers may live in safety and the army must abide by the truce signed by the governor and endorsed by President Ali Abdullah Saleh. He also conditioned that the Yemeni government compensate those affected by the war, release detainees and withdraw its troops from the province.

While the army has given Al-Houthi followers a 48-hour deadline to give up and surrender their arms, Sa’ada city residents confirmed that they still heard the sound of artillery bombardments in various areas of the restive province throughout the night until Sunday morning.

“One senior military officer and an effective commander of military units in Sa’ada stressed Friday evening that military forces had completed their preparation to wage a war with a wider scope against Al-Houthi loyalists. War will begin in the coming hours on all fronts, including the areas of Al-Naqa’a, Madhab, Al-Refraf and Al-Saifi, unless Abdulmalik Al-Houthi and his aides surrender before the deadline,” Al-Ishtiraki Net quoted well-informed sources in Sana’a as saying.

According to these sources, the chief commander of military units in Sa’ada on Friday rejected any mediation efforts between the government and Al-Houthi followers. The sources believe mediation is behind continuing the fighting for more than three years. (Read on …)

Attempted Assassins Appeal Postponed

Filed under: Judicial, USA, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 12:43 pm on Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Regarding the teenager who tried to blow up Hull with a hand grenade and the supposedly unwitting taxi driver, this is the appeal of their five and three year sentences, postponed.

News & Articles: Postpone of trial for accused with former American ambassador assassination attempt
Sunday 28 January 2007

26 Septemper News

Penal Court postponed trial of defendants Hezam Ali Al Mass and Khalid Hadi Al Kalilah accused of attempting to assassinate former American ambassador to Sana’a next week due to satisfactory hearing judge.

The specialized Penalty court division had decided to resume under the criminal prosecution of specialized primary rule, who spent according to the first defendant five years and the second defendant to three years.

The accused had attempted assassination of former American Ambassador in Sana’a.

Land theft attempt results in firefight

Filed under: Crime, Security Forces, Yemen, land disputes, political violence — by Jane Novak at 12:38 pm on Tuesday, January 30, 2007

As everything gets more and more concentrated in a few hands:

AS:

Five individuals were seriously wounded Sunday in Hais , Hodaida Province due to erupting armed clashes. Local sources said to Alsahwa that clashes were erupted among citizens and influential figures who tried to grasp lands on the main roads linking between Sana’a and Taiz .

The sources explained that some influential people urged some armed men to control the lands.

Meanwhile, local sources said that they arrested 10 persons who involved in the clashes and that they were released after presenting pledges that they would not return to the lands.

Saada Again

Filed under: Military, Political Opposition, Religious, Saada War, Yemen, political violence — by Jane Novak at 10:16 am on Tuesday, January 30, 2007

This thing just won’t end. To follow, two versions of the same story. The truth may lie somewhere in the middle but then again, so do the civilians:

SAADA, Jan 28 — Local sources in the governorate of Saada said that the Yemeni armed forces confronted a group affiliated to Zaidi-Shiite Leader Badr al-Deen al-Houthi in Mathaab village located in the southern part the governorate. The exchange of fire resulted in over 26 casualties involving soliders, while the number of causlties among Al-Huthi followers has not been confirmed as the clash continues.

The armed clash between the two sides disrupted a cease-fire agreement signed between the al-Houthi followers and local authorities in 2005. Mr. AbdulMalik Al-Huthi, who is the son of Badr al-Deen al-Houti, confirmed that the arbitration committee set to solve the previous disputes with the authorities has been notified of the attack. He warned that this attack has violated the cease-fire agreement and will spark violence in the governorate. He also added that there is no clear reason for the attacks against civilians in the area.

Al-Huthi further noted this attack came after his followers received leaflets which target the beliefs and foundations of the Zaidi Islamic sect, adding that residents of Mathaab area are being targeted and discriminated against because of their religious beliefs and affiliation with Zaidi cleric Al-Huthi.

The attack on the Mathaab village came a few days after 45 Yemeni Jews evacuated their homes in Saada upon receiving threats from al-Houthi followers, an issue which raised concern around the situation of Yemeni Jews living in Saada

Sources close to Al-Huthi group, which is also known as the Believing Youth, indicate that they have nothing against the Jewish community and that al-Houthis did not threaten them or their livelihood in any way, adding that the government is using different tactics to distress them and use this problem to suppress them even further.

According to local sources in the province, the threatened Jews are still residing in a Hotel in Saada city and have not yet been able to return to their homes for fear of loosing their lives as the person who sent the threatening letter has not been identified.

SANAA, Yemen (Reuters) — Six Yemeni soldiers were killed and 20 were wounded when Shi’ite rebels attacked state forces in a northern province, a government official said on Sunday.

“A group of saboteurs led by Abdul-Malek al-Houthi carried out a rare attack yesterday (Saturday) on locations belonging to the armed forces and security in the province of Saada,” the official said in a statement sent to Reuters.

Anti-U.S. Shi’ite Houthi is the son of Sheikh Badr el-Deen al-Houthi and the brother of slain cleric Hussein, who sought to set up a Shi’ite regime. Hussein was killed in 2004 and his father’s whereabouts are unknown.

“The local authority and the armed and security forces in the province of Saada … will carry out their duties in preserving security and stability and ending these acts of sabotage carried out by these criminals,” the statement by the Saada security committee, quoted the official as saying.

The official did not name the installations targeted.

Yemen has accused the rebels led by the Houthi clerics of wanting to install Shi’ite religious rule and of preaching violence against the United States.

In March 2006, Yemen freed more than 600 of the rebels as part of an amnesty that aims to put an end to two years of clashes that have killed several hundred soldiers and rebels.

Yemen, the ancestral homeland of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, joined the U.S.-led war on terrorism after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

Houthi’s supporters are not linked to al Qaeda. Sunni Muslims make up most of Yemen’s 19 million population, while Shi’ite Muslims account for about 15 percent.

IHT:

About 45 Jewish Yemenis have taken refuge in a hotel in the northern province of Saada after receiving threats from anti-Western rebels, one of Yemenis who fled said Monday.

Yemen’s president on Monday warned the rebels to surrender after a weekend of fighting and artillery bombardments in which at least 13 rebels and soldiers were killed.

“The situation today is calm,” an Interior Ministry official said Monday, after a night of shelling of rebel positions in the mountains of Saada. Security forces had detained 12 members of the rebel faction led by Abdel-Malek al-Hawthi, the official added.

Aides to al-Hawthi said the state had detained more than 12 rebels, and that seven other rebels had been killed and four wounded during the weekend.

The rebels are a Shiite Muslim group known as “The Young Faithful Believers” which accuses the government of being corrupt and too close to the West.

The Jewish Yemenis, including women and children, left Al-Salem area to Saada and were given refuge by the government in a Paris hotel after receiving threats, said Dawoud Yosef, 23, a silversmith, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from the hotel.

“This is the first time we face such serious threats or problems, we have always been living like the rest of Yemenis,” Yosef said.

Yemen had about 70,000 Jews before the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, most of whom have since left. Up to 400 are still believed to be in Yemen.

The aides accused the government of rejecting a rebel call for a cease-fire and the formation of a committee to investigate the reasons behind the clashes with al-Hawthi’s group, which first took up arms in 2004. The aides spoke on condition of anonymity because they fear government reprisal.

In a speech broadcast on state radio, President Ali Abdullah Saleh said the “al-Hawthi followers should surrender their weapons.”

“We have given our warning, so we cannot be blamed,” he added, in a traditional Islamic phrase for an ultimatum that frees oneself of guilt before God for the consequences if the warning is ignored.

Police said Sunday that six Yemeni soldiers and police officers had been killed and 20 others wounded in the clashes in Saada, about 120 kilometers (112 miles) north of the Yemeni capital. But the rebels say eight security force members were killed and 31 wounded.

The rebellion began in June 2004 when the Shiite cleric Hussein Badr Eddin al-Hawthi, the brother of the current leader, ordered his followers to revolt against the government, which had accused him of sedition, forming an illegal armed group and inciting anti-American sentiment.

The cleric was killed in clashes with government troops in September 2004, but his followers sustained the rebellion until March 2006 when the president pardoned and released 627 rebels from detention. The government then said the pardon was motivated by the desire to “achieve security and stability and to restore quiet.”

The Young Faithful Believers is known for incitement against the United Sates and Israel, but is not linked to the al-Qaida terror network, whose members have carried out a number of attacks in Yemen.

The Yemeni government supports the U.S. campaign against international terrorism and has received U.S. military training and aid.

Al-Sahwa

Military sources affirmed that they found 4 rebel bodies close to a military position in Alsafra area, Saada. They said that they thought that these bodies were killed during the infighting on Monday. Moveover,tow other bodies were reportedly discovered in Alsafra district.

Meanwhile, Alsahwa was informed that a mediation involved Sheikhs and tribal leaders went to Alhouthi followers in order to make out their requirements.

The sources explained that the area witnessed calmness after 8 troops were killed and two wounded on Monday.

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