Reuters Carlo Allegri
The UN Security Council approved punitive measures against a high-ranking official in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, police, which is under the control of the “Ansar Allah” group (the Houthis).
14 of the 15 members of the Council voted (with Russia abstaining from voting) yesterday, Thursday, in favor of imposing sanctions on the Director of the Criminal Investigation Department in Sana’a, Sultan Saleh Eida Zaben, against the background of his alleged involvement in “acts that threaten peace, security and stability in Yemen, which constitute violations of the law.” International and human rights. “
The Security Council resolution states that Zaben “played a prominent role in implementing the policy of intimidation, the use of arrest methods, torture, sexual violence and rape against women who are politically active,” noting that this official bears direct responsibility for cases in which a number of women, at least one of whom is a minor, have been subjected to enforced disappearance and interrogation. Frequent rape, torture, and forced labor, without being granted access to medical care.
The decision pointed out that Zaben personally tortured him in a number of these cases.
In addition, the council extended for a year the financial sanctions and travel bans imposed on a number of Yemeni personalities, in addition to extending the mandate of the team of experts tasked with monitoring the implementation of these measures until March 2022.
The council’s decision stressed the need to reduce the escalation in all parts of Yemen and to cease fire nationwide, and condemned especially the military escalation in Marib and the ongoing Houthi attacks against Saudi Arabia, calling for an “immediate cessation of attacks without preconditions.”
Source: RT + AFP