2017: Yemen: Yahya al-Jubaihi

Yahya al-Jubaihi, a prominent Yemeni writer and journalist, underwent a grossly unfair trial that resulted in a death sentence. Moreover, he has been arbitrary detained since September 2016. The Norwegian Writers in Prison Committee  believes his detention and death sentence are related to al-Jubaihi’s articles criticizing Houthi insurgence.

 

To

Ministry of Justice
Mr. Ahmed Abdullah Akbat, Minister of justice
Sana’a, Yemen
Email: mail.yemengov@gmail.com
info.government@yemen.net.ye

Oslo, May 14th 2017

Dear Minister of justice Mr. Ahmed Abdullah Akbat,

The Norwegian Writers in Prison Committee is deeply concerned about the death sentence issued by a Houthi court in Sana’a against Yahya al-Jubaihi, a prominent Yemeni writer and journalist, after a grossly unfair trial. He has been arbitrary detained since September 2016. We fear that al-Jubaihi’s detention and death sentence are related to his articles criticizing Houthi insurgence.

We call for Yahya al-Jubaihi’s death sentence to be quashed. Yahya al-Jubaihi should be released or retried in proceedings that conform to international fair trial standards and without the possibility of a death sentence.

 

The Norwegian Writers in Prison Committee urge the Houthi authorities to ensure the peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression, including the release of all detainees held solely for the peaceful exercise of their rights.

 

Yours sincerely,

Jørgen Lorentzen
Member of Writers in Prison Committee
PEN Norway

 

COPY:

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice in Yemen, Ministry of Human Rights in Yemen

2011: Yemen: Abdulaelah Haider Shaea

His Excellency General ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Saleh
President
Office of the President
Sana’a
Republic of Yemen

Minister of the Interior
Mutaher Rashad al Masri
Ministry of the Interior
Sana’a
Republic of Yemen

27th January 2011

Your excellencies,

The non-political association of writers, PEN International, condemns the harsh prison sentence handed down to writer, journalist and lawyer Abdulaelah Haider Shaea solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to free expression.

PEN International is calling for his immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Yemen is a signatory.

Furthermore, we are seeking assurances of his well-being in detention, and also want to ensure that he has full access to family visits and any necessary medical care whilst detained.

Thanking you in advance.

Yours sincerely,

Fredrik Giertsen
member Writers in Prison Committee
Norwegian PEN

Copy to:
Minister of Human Rights
Houda ‘Ali ‘Abdullatif al-Baan
Ministry for Human Rights
Sana’a
Republic of Yemen

2008: Yemen: Abdel Karim Al-Khaiwani

11th June 2008

Editor Abdel Karim Al-Khaiwani

Your Excellency

International PEN, the non-political association of writers and journalist, reports that Abdel Karim Al-Khaiwani is serving a six year prison sentence following a sentence of 9th June 08. The terrorism charges are apparently unfounded and widely believed to be politically motivated. His writings express opposition to the government and this is considered part of any individual’s right to freedom of expression.

PEN calls for Al-Khaiwan’s immediate and unconditional release if detained in violation of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Yemen is a signatory.

There is fear for his well-being in detention and we urgently ask Your Excellency to give assurances that he is being treated humanely.

With sincere best wishes

Aase Gjerdrum
Member of Writers in Prison Committee