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Stockholm - Skyline International for Human Rights says it takes seriously the Houthi group's intention to send a number of members of the Baha'i community into exile outside the country. Skyline International for Human Rights stresses that what is happening to the Baha'i community shows the true face of the Houthi group by violating the rights of individuals, sects and groups to express their opinions and ideas.

In a statement released today (Monday), Skyline states that local sources reported that the Houthi group was prepared to exile and take out of the country the nine Baha'is who were kidnapped on May 25, as well as 17 members of the Baha'i community, while the Baha'is held a public meeting.

According to Skyline, the attack took place when a group of Baha'is were meeting in one of their homes to decide who would take care of their humanitarian and community affairs. Some Baha'is who attended the meeting through Zoom recorded a video of the attack.

For its part, the international foundation "Skyline" condemns the attacks against the Baha'is, noting that since the Houthis took control of Sanaa in September 2014, a new wave of persecution against the Baha'is in Yemen has begun.

Skyline reiterates that freedom of religion and freedom of thought and belief are guaranteed under both international and Yemeni law, noting that freedom of religion and belief is included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 18) and reaffirmed in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Article 18), which has been signed by 160 countries. This freedom includes, in addition to freedom of religion, the freedom to profess or not to profess a religion or belief, to change it or to reject it.

Skyline also underscores that freedom of opinion and expression is also protected in accordance with the rules of international law, as Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights stipulated that “every person has the right to hold opinions without harassment. And every person has the right to freedom of expression. It includes "Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice".

 Moreover, "Skyline" stresses that what the Houthi group is doing to the Baha'i sect contradicts what the group claims about its seriousness in fulfilling the ceasefire agreement that several international and regional parties are seeking, and emphasises that the violations it observes daily from the Houthi group, the most recent of which was the storming of a meeting of the Baha'i community, is only a microcosm of the terrible human rights situation it has achieved in the areas controlled by the group.

Skyline concludes its statement by calling on the Houthi group to cease all forms of violations and attacks on civilians' rights, especially freedom of opinion and expression. At the same time, it calls on the group to release all Baha'i sect prisoners and prisoners of conscience and to bring those involved in these violations to a fair trial, as well as to make clear the true intention to end the conflict in Yemen by stopping all forms of military operations and security campaigns.