Yemen ‘Climate of fear’ grows

There has been no let-up in more than six years of conflict in Yemen, as a growing “climate of fear” among civilians continues, a panel of UN-appointed independent rights experts said.

The country has been divided since 2015 between Government forces backed by the military coalition, and the Houthi rebel group — also known formally as the Ansar Allah movement — who hold most of the north, including the capital, Sana’a.

The climate of fear, lawlessness and impunity for all those living in Yemen has worsened further despite political agreements and high-level discussions between key actors

Intense hostilities because of Houthi’s aggressions have been on the Ma’rib front in the past 12 months and in many other locations. This worsened and increased humanitarian restrictions and obstacles to access to food and healthcare; arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, gender-based violence, including sexual violence; torture and other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment; denial of fair trial rights; violations of fundamental freedoms; persecution and violations against journalists, human rights defenders, minorities, migrants and internally displaced persons; and violations of children’s right

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