Press release

Yemen: Stalled Talks Risk Peace Prospects

Ongoing human rights violations and the many violations of the April truce have included the killing, injury and displacement of Yemeni civilians.

Washington

In response to the breakdown of UN-sponsored Yemen peace talks taking place in Kuwait, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Ongoing human rights violations and the many violations of the April truce have included the killing, injury and displacement of Yemeni civilians,” said Dokhi Fassihian, senior program manager for Middle East and North Africa programs. “All parties to the conflict and the international community should redouble their efforts to bring an end to the especially deadly civil war, and ensure a peaceful democratic transition takes hold. Yemen’s citizens cannot wait any longer for peace and accountability.”

Background:

The conflict in Yemen has claimed more than 6,000 lives and displaced 2.5 million citizens. Over the past eight months, Freedom House and its local Yemeni partners have documented 1,601 reports of extrajudicial killings, disappearances, arbitrary detention, and property damage across the country.

In April, the Houthi rebels and the internationally-recognized government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi agreed to attend UN-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait, which broke down on August 1, when the Houthis rejected the UN plan and Yemeni government negotiators left the talks temporarily. The two sides disagree on the timing of the Houthis' withdrawal from the capital and other cities. The government has agreed to return to negotiations if the Houthis lift their objections to the UN plan.

Yemen is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2016, and Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2015.