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Stockholm- Skyline International for Human Righs calls on the Houthi group to release journalist Younis Abed al-Salam, who has been detained for nearly a year.

Skyline said this in a statement: It joins the call of local civil society organizations working to protect freedom of opinion and expression in Yemen to demand from the Houthi group the swift release of journalist Younis Abed al-Salam. Abed al-Salam was arrested by security and intelligence services on a street in the capital Sanaa in early August 2021 AD by member of the Houthi group as he left his home at night in poor health.

It points out that journalist Younis Abed al-Salam suffers from severe mental illness, which includes seizures and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and needs immediate medical attention.

Skyline calls on the United Nations Special Procedures to take more effective measures to pressure the Houthi group to release journalists Abed al-Salam and other detained journalists.

Skyline again reminds the international community of its responsibility to protect journalists, referring to its June 12 statement calling on the Houthi group to release four journalists sentenced to death for treason and communicating with foreign countries: Abdul-Khaleq Omran, Akram Al-Walidi, Al-Harith Hamid, and Tawfiq Al-Mansoori. It fears that the group's decision will be implemented because the international community is not making efforts to activate these acts.

In this context, Skyline stresses that the trials conducted by the Houthi group against its opponents were characterized by numerous serious violations of legal principles enshrined in international law, including the principle of a fair trial, the right of defense, and the principle of the legality of criminal acts. It points out that the charges brought by the Houthi group's prosecutor were vague and aimed at restricting journalistic work and freedom of expression against the Houthi group's practices.

Moreover, Skyline states that the restrictions imposed by the Houthi group on journalists, activists and individuals violate the rights and obligations enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantee the right to freedom of opinion and expression and the exercise of journalistic activity.

Skyline calls on called on the United Nations envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, the relevant special rapporteurs and international organizations dealing with journalistic work to condemn crimes against journalists and take appropriate measures to ensure the release of journalists, stop attacks against them and create a suitable environment for their free work.