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STOCKHOLM - Skyline International calls on the parties to the Yemeni conflict to immediately reveal the whereabouts of a Yemeni journalist who has been forcibly disappeared since May 1st 2020 in mysterious circumstances.

The Stockholm-based International Foundation has received several complaints from the family of journalist Assil Swid, who disappeared as he was leaving his home in Taez (southwest Yemen) on his way to the city of Aden (south of Yemen). His family fears that he could have been kidnapped.

Skyline is deeply concerned about the safety of journalist Assel Swid, stressing that his disappearance in this way reflects again the grave deterioration of freedoms in Yemen and the safety crisis faced by Yemeni journalists for years.

Accordingly, Skyline affirms that all parties to the conflict must cooperate by sharing any information they know on Swid's whereabouts and health condition, as well as working to secure his immediate release and holding accountable those responsible for the kidnapping.

It is reported that the head of the Training and Rehabilitation Committee of the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate, Nabil Alosaidi, has accused the UAE-backed “security belt” forces in Lahj governorate of Swid's kidnapping in a post he shared on his Facebook profile.

Skyline International stresses that it must be ensured that all journalists in Yemen are able to do their legitimate work without fear of reprisals, and in a manner free from all restrictions, including judicial harassment, arrest and persecution of their families 

The human rights foundation stresses that international law and human rights laws protect journalists and their freedom to work in conflict areas, as Article 79 of Additional Protocol I of the Geneva Conventions 1949 states that "journalists engaged in dangerous professional missions in areas of armed conflict are considered civilians, and they shall be protected as such under the Conventions and this Protocol.