SAM Organization for Rights and Liberties issued its report “Brutal Killing, that included statistics and stories of killing cases that civilians have faced in Yemen during January – December 2016, in addition to similar cases of 2015.
SAM said the report documents heinous killings of civilians; either extralegal, under torture or when used as human shields. However, the report does not document all violations, yet it documents the most brutal and bloodiest ones, according to SAM.
In Brutal Killing report, SAM organization has documented 150 extralegal killings, during the reporting period, included field execution, death under torture, and human shields. The report indicated that out of 150 killings documented; 47 cases were field executions, 17 in Ibb governorate, followed by Al-Baidha with 9 cases, while 58 abductees died under torture, including 10 cases in Hodiedah governorate, 18 killings due to use of abductees as human shields, including 11 victims in Dhamar governorate.
Regarding forms and means of torture used against the victims, SAM organization has documented statements that confirms death of abductees due to severe physical assaults, denial of food, using of police dogs, and electric shocks.
SAM organization confirmed that Houthis – Saleh militia has committed 93% of the violations, 4% by anonymous party, 2% by legitimated government and 1% BY terrorist groups.
The report indicated that most of extralegal killings cases were reported in the governorates that under Houthi group and Saleh forces, and where there are no armed confrontations, such as Dhamar, Hodiedah and Ibb governorates, thereby invalidate allegations that the victims were part of the ant-Houthis armed resistance, or killed in cross-fire or due to security instability.
The report concluded that the documented violations, reveal that there is a systematic policy by violating parties to torture civilians, particularly, Houthis – Saleh group, in addition to the Hadhrami Elite forces in Hadhramout governorate and Security Belt forces in Aden, and both are loyal to the United Arab Emirates, according to the report.