Aden | December 3, 2023
The National Commission to Investigate Alleged Violations of Human Rights (NCIAVHR) listened to live testimonies and human experiences from women victims of serious and dangerous human rights violations today, Sunday, coinciding with the international campaign to combat violence against women.
The hearing session, held in the Committee’s office in the interim capital of Aden, targeted 25 women from the governorates of Aden, Lahj, Hodeidah, Taiz, Sana’a, and Ibb who were subjected to physical and dangerous human rights violations against their basic rights guaranteed by international conventions and national laws.
The women provided detailed live testimonies that reflected the severity of the violations included targeting residential neighborhoods and women’s environments protected by international humanitarian law, resulting in serious injuries and disfigurement in their bodies and limbs, forced displacement that imposed a life of homelessness, and need, and the loss of the right to security and housing after their homes were destroyed.
The women victims also indicated that some of them were subjected to arbitrary detention and imprisonment in illegal places, losing their husbands and breadwinning sons during the war. They also discussed their unique experiences in overcoming the challenges and effects of the violations, and their efforts to protect their families, improve their conditions, and not surrender to the poor economic and social conditions left by the war through working in different fields according to their capabilities and experiences.
The participants in the hearing session, facilitated by Commission members Eqra Al-Maktari, Sabah Al-Alwani, and Jihad Abdul Rasoul, called for justice, compensation, redress, and rehabilitation for women and young victims, especially in the psychological aspect. They also linked building a comprehensive and just peace in Yemen with the rights of victims of both genders who have lived and continue to live in human suffering.