Reports on the Situation in Yemen

In recent years, the Baha'i community of Yemen has been facing persecution by the authorities in Sana’a, Yemen. Incidents have included arrests, arbitrary detentions, and imprisonments. This page chronicles the situation facing Baha’is there, with updates on the latest incidents. For background, click here.

MEDIA COVERAGE AND STATEMENTS ON THE PERSECUTION OF THE BAHÁ’ÍS IN SANA’A, YEMEN

The following media coverage and public statements have been issued in relation to the persecution of the Bahá’ís in Sana’a, Yemen since the call for arrest of dozens on Bahá’ís on 18 April 2017 through 12 June 2020.

Updates from the Bahá’í International Community or the Bahá’í World News Service

31 May 2020 - The Bahá’í International Community posted a statement titled, “Houthis endangering the lives of Baha’i prisoners during coronavirus pandemic.”

8 Apr 2020 - The Bahá’í International Community tweeted, “We are gravely concerned that the decision of the Supreme Political Council in #Yemen to pardon Hamed bin Haydara & all Baha’i prisoners has not yet been implemented. It is reported that the judiciary appear to be obstructing implementation of the order.”

8 Apr 2020 -  The Bahá’í International Community posted a statement titled, “Baha’i prisoners in Yemen must be released as promised.” 

25 Mar 2020 -  The Bahá’í International Community posted a statement titled, “Houthi authorities order the release of all Baha’i prisoners in Yemen.”

23 Mar 2020 - The Bahá’í International Community posted a statement titled, “Sana’a court upholds death sentence against Yemeni Baha’i.”

21 Mar 2020 - The Bahá’í International Community posted a statement titled, “Court Hearing of Yemeni Baha’i Unexpectedly Rescheduled to Tomorrow”

28 Feb 2020 - The Bahá’í International Community posted a statement titled, “News update: Latest sham court hearing against Baha’is in Sana’a”

23 Feb 2020 - The Bahá’í International Community posted a statement titled, “Electrocutions, beatings and mass arrests: Houthis’ Iran-inspired campaign against the Yemeni Baha’is.

21 Oct 2019 - The Bahá’í International Community published a statement titled, “Imminent ruling in Yemen could expand sentence against entire religious community.”

21 Oct 2019 - The Bahá’í International Community tweeted, “On 22 Oct 2019 an appeals court in Sana’a, Yemen is expected to pronounce its ruling to uphold a verdict to dissolve Bahá’í institutions and to execute a member of the Bahá’í community, Mr Hamed bin Haydara, who has been detained in Sana’a for over five years.”30 Sept - The Baha’i International Community issued a statement titled, “UN resolution calls on Houthis to cease judicial persecution of Baha’is.”

10 Sept 2019 - Baha’i International Community provides a statement on the persecution of the Baha’is of Yemen at the Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue session no. 42. (see 1:08 for statement).

5 Feb 2019 – The Baha’i International Community issued a press release titled “BIC urges parties in Yemen to include Baha’is in Sana’a in prisoners exchange”. (EnglishTwitter)

12 Oct 2018 – Bahá’í International Community issued a press release titled “Member of Baha'i community arrested in Yemen” (English, Arabic)

10 Oct 2018 – Statement by multiple UN Special Rapporteurs “Yemen: UN experts calls for immediate release of Bahá’ís” (English)

30 Sept 2018 – Press release by Bahá’í International Community “Sham court proceedings endanger Baha’is in Yemen” (English, Arabic)

28 Sept 2018 – Press release by the Bahá’í International Community “UN resolution calls for release of detained Baha'is in Yemen” (English)

18 Sept 2018 – Press release by Bahá’í International Community “Houthis intensify suppression of Baha'i community through court in Sana'a” (English, Arabic, Persian)

18 Sept 2018 – Article by the Bahá’í World News Service “Baseless charges in Yemen signal intensified persecution” (English)

18 Apr 2018 – Press release by the Bahá’í International Community, “Inflammatory speech by the Houthi leader targets Baha’is in Yemen with genocidal intent” (English, Arabic).

Statements or major news articles by international organizations

9 Apr 2020 - The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom published a statement titled, “USCIRF Calls on Houthis in Yemen to Abide by Commitment to Release Hamid bin Haydara.”

7 Apr 2020 - Amnesty International Arabic, tweeted, “On March 25, #Houthi leader announced the release of all Baha'i prisoners, including Hamid Haydara. While we welcome this initial step, we urge the Houthi authorities to release Hamid and the other detainees imprisoned due to their peaceful activism or the expression of their political views. read more.”

4 Apr 2020 - Ahmed Shaheed, a United Nations Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, tweeted, “Following the order of the President of the Supreme Political Council in Sana’a, #Yemen, to release all #Bahai’s, I urge the authoriries to implement the order ASAP & unconditionally release all Bahai’s detained for their beliefs & to drop all charges against them.
@UNGeneva.” 

26 Mar 2020 - The International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief tweeted, “We are thrilled to learn about the order to release all #Bahai prisoners in Yemenand the pardon granted to Hamid bin Haydara! With the international community, we now call for the immediate implementation of this order.” 

26 Mar 2020 - Michael Aron, British Ambassador to Yemen, tweeted, “We welcome Mahdi al-Mashat’s decision to release all Bahá’í prisoners including Hamed bin Haydara. the freedom of religion is sacred. The release of all prisoners of conscience must be called for, and the prisoner swap must finalized as agreed upon in Stockholm Agreement.” 

16 Jan 2020 - Human Rights Watch [Arabic], published an article titled, “Yemen: Wartime violation abuses face global spotlight,” which mentioned the persecutions of the Bahá’ís of Yemen.

14 Jan 2020 - Human Rights Watch published an article titled, “Yemen: Wartime violation abuses face global spotlight,” which mentioned the persecution of the Bahá’í of Yemen.

10 Nov 2019 - The Sana’a Centre for Strategic Studies, a Yemen-based independent think-tank, published a report titled, “Riyadh picks up the pieces – the Yemen review, October 2019,” which included the latest updates on the case of Mr. Haydara and the court’s order to seize assets of Mr. Haydara.

8 Nov 2019 - Forbes published an article titled, “On why we need to reaffirm human dignity,” which made mention of the persecution of the Baha’is of Yemen.

7 Nov 2019 - The Washington Times published an article titled, “U.S. Commission on international religious freedom database lists religious prisoners across globe,” which listed Mr. Haydara’s case as a case of religious prisoner of conscience sponsored by the Commission.

22 Oct 2019 - MSN, a Microsoft news network, published an article titled, “Baha’i community fears deportations as Yemen sentence looms.”

21 Oct 2019 - Al-Monitor, a US-based media site monitoring the Middle East, published an article titled, “Bahá’í community fears deportations as Yemen sentence looms.”

21 Oct 2019 - The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom tweeted, “Commissioner Andy Khawaja: I am alarmed by reports a Houthi court in Yemen may issue a decision at its 21 Oct session to seize Bahá’í assets & deport Bahá’ís. The court must cease persecution of Bahá’ís & release Bahá’í leader Hamid bin Haydara.”

21 Oct 2019 - The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom tweeted, “Read USCIRF’s press statement on Houthi persecution of Baha’is in Yemen.”

21 Oct 2019 - Afrah Nasser, a researcher a Human Rights Watch, tweeted, “After sentencing 1 of the community’s leaders to death, Houthis continue their persecution against the country’s Bahá’í minority.  The Bahá’í Intl’ Community @BahaiBIC reports that Houthis plan to criminalize the entire Bahá’í community, in court tomorrow.”

21 Oct 2019 - Andrew Gilmore, UN assistant secretary-general for human rights, tweeted, “Bahá’ís are tragically persecuted in many places on basis of their faith. Especially Yemen. Death sentences, deportation threats and confiscation of assets. We appeal to Sana’a authorities to drop charges against Bahá’ís, release them, and allow freedom of religion and movement.”

21 Oct 2019 - Shaun Tandon, State Department correspondent at Agence France-Presse, tweeted, “The Bahá’í community fears that a court under Huthi control could order their mass expulsion out of Yemen.”

30 Sept 2019 - The Guardian, a British newspaper, published an article titled, “Now it’s just ghosts’: Yemenis living under the shadow of death by airstrike,” which made mention of the persecution of the Baha’is in Yemen.

10 Sept 2019 - The Government of the United Kingdom published an article titled, “UN Human Rights Council 42: Interactive Dialogue on Yemen,” which made mention of the UK’s concern of the religious persecution of the Baha’i community in Yemen.

6 Sept 2019 - The Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen published a report focusing on the situation of human rights in Yemen, which included a section on the persecution of the Baha’i community in Yemen.

16 Jul 2019 – Mwatana for Human Right, Yemen-based human rights organization, published a report titled, “Withering Life,” which refers to the persecution against the Baha’is ofYemen in section 3.3.

29 Apr 2019 – Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Right and a director at Columbia University, tweeted, “Our latest statement: “We cannot accept the injustice of having anyone punished by death on the grounds of his religion or belief and for belonging to a religious minority.”

5 Feb 2019 – The following news agencies share the 5 February press release by the Baha'i International Community, "Baha’is urge parties in Yemen to include Baha’is in Sana’a in prisoners exchange". (AP articleNewsr.in articleMarketScreener article)

25 Jan 2019 – The panel of experts on Yemen shared a report dated 25 January to the President of the Security Council which includes a section on intolerance and discrimination against religious minority groups, including the Baha’is. (English)

23 Jan 2019 – The International Committee of the Red Cross provided a statement on the agreement to release and transfer conflict-related detainees in Yemen. The statement confirmed that the ICRC has carried out necessary preparations on the ground, increased its personnel in Yemen, and is preparing two planes, to shuttle detainees between Sana’a and Sayoun. (English)

23 Jan 2019 – Reuters published and article titled “Yemen prisoner swap terms expected in coming days, government delegate says”

30 Nov 2018 – Mention of Bahá’ís in a statement by the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour regarding his visit to Yemen (English)

20 Nov 2018 – Mention of Bahá’ís in a statement issued by the United Religions Initiative, The Charter of Compassion, and The Parliament of the World’s Religions titled “Global Interfaith Coalition Calls for Immediate Ceasefire and Administration of Aid in Yemen” (English)

9 Nov 2018 – Frank Baylis, Member of Parliament, posted the following in English and in French: “The government has put out a Joint Statement on Bahá’ís in Yemen. It is completely unacceptable to be targeting a religious minority. …” (English, French)

9 November 2018 – Michael Levitt, Member of Parliament, posted “Proud of joint leadership by Canada, US, AUS, GER denouncing the persecution of Baha’i in Yemen by Houthi authorities. Arbitrary arrest, detention, torture, and execution for religious beliefs is grossly unacceptable. #cdnpoli #humanrights @CanadaBahai (English)

9 Nov 2018 – An article by Michael Welton was published on Counter Punch titled “The Fate of Yemen’s Baha’is” English

8 Nov 2018 – Statement co-signed by governments of Australia, Canada, Germany and the United States expressing concern regarding the worsening treatment of the Baha’is in Yemen and calling for the release of those detained (English)

10 Oct 2018 – Statement by multiple UN Special Rapporteurs “Yemen: UN experts calls for immediate release of Bahá’ís” (English)

4 Oct 2018 – Resolution by the European Parliament expressing concerns about the deteriorating humanitarian and human rights crisis in Yemen and including reference to the persecution of the Bahá’ís in Yemen (English)

27 Sept 2018 – Statement signed by 22 lawyers from various countries––including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, India, Ireland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the Netherlands—and published by Open Canada “A call to protect the Baha’i minority in Yemen” (English)

25 Sept 2018 – Mention of Baha’is in report by Human Rights Watch “Yemen: Houthi Hostage–Taking” (English)

18 Sept 2018 – Statement by Amnesty International “Yemen: 24 Baha’i people, including a child, facing possible death penalty” (English)

17 Aug 2018 – Mention of Bahá’ís in report by Group of Regional and International Eminent Experts on the human rights situation in Yemen (English, Arabic)

5 May 2018 – Statement by the Euro–Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, “Yemen: Mass executions in Houthi group courts” (English, Arabic, French)

May 2018 – Report by Mwatanah Organization’s on the state of human rights in Yemen, including the situation of the Bahá’ís  (English, Arabic)

16 Mar 2018 – Question presented by Pascal Arimont (PPE) regarding the death sentence of Mr. Haydara and concerns for religious minorities to the European Commission (English)

18 Feb 2018 – Question by Dennis de Jong (GUE/NGL) regarding the situation of the Baha’is in Yemen and Mr. Hamed Haydara’s death sentence to the EU Commission (Vice–President/High Representative) (English) as well as answer by  High Representative/Vice–President Mogherini (English)

Statements or media coverage at the national and local levels

13 Apr 2020 - Hind Al-Eryani tweeted in Arabic.  A provisional translation of her tweet is as follows: “Mr. Mohamed Abdel Salam [the official Houthi spokesperson and previous Ambassador of the Houthis to Iran], when I saw you at the Stockholm conference, I said to myself, "This guy looks smart." Do you think it is smart, when you represent a "state" and get everyone to praise the news of you pardoning an oppressed group who are Baha'is, but then ignore the implementation before the world? I don't think this is wise, but you can change that.”

13 Apr 2020 - Hind Al-Eryani tweeted in Arabic.  A provisional translation of her tweet is as follows:  “The Criminal Prosecutor submitted to the Security and Intelligence Agency the release note of the Bahais this morning, but the security apparatus intentionally not released them without reason.  If you are satisfied with this, then this is in violation of the promise you made before God and the world. If you are not satisfied, then you must change this injustice.
@abdusalamsalah [the official Houthi spokesperson and previous Ambassador of the Houthis to Iran], 
@hussinalezzi5 [the Houthi Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs].”

13 Apr 2020 - Ahmed Al-Haj, a contact for the Associated Press in Yemen tweeted about the Bahá’is in Arabic. A provisional translation of his tweet is as follows: “Frankly, this is very much, for all the complications, regarding the release of the Baha'is. To this day, Bin Haidara's file remains unresolved, from the Division’s Primary Office !! As for the directives to release the five, the others have already reached the Intelligence Department !! The important thing is, as if to say: a caravan has returned the stages throughout !!”

10 Apr 2020 - Eman Homaid, chairperson for INSAF Center for Defending Freedoms and Minorities tweeted in Arabic.  A provisional translation of his tweet is as follows: “I obtained exclusively from a private source the photos of the memos of the Presidential Office, the Attorney General, and the Criminal Prosecution Office, to work according to the order of Al-Mashat's to release the Baha'is, and pardons and release Hamid bin Haidara. I hope for the speedy implementation and release of all detainees. And everyone should unite to confront Corona virus.”

10 Apr 2020 - Ahmed al-Hag, a Yemeni contact for the Associated Press tweeted in Arabic.  A provisional translation of his tweet is as follows:  “I received a call from the Public Prosecutor's Office, stating that the process of releasing the Baha'i brothers, needs legal procedures, and steps to implement the amnesty decision from President Mahdi Al-Mashat, and he said that talking about procrastination, the prosecution is incorrect !! In any case, we wait, Saturday or Sunday, according to the prosecution’s promise !!”

8 Apr 2020 - Voice Yemen, an Arabic local Yemeni news site, published an article in Arabic.  A provisional translation of the title is as follows: “The Houthi militia refuse the orders of Al-Mashat to release the Bahá’ís.”

7 Apr 2020 - Eman Homaid, Chairperson of INSAF Center for Defending Freedoms and Minorities, tweeted, “It has been more than ten days since the Houthis’ decision in Sanaa to release all Baha'is, and no one was released until this moment !!! We demand the international community and all human rights organizations to play their part in implementing the provisions for the release of all detainees because of their beliefs, without conditions or restrictions. #Freedom_prisonment.”

17 Feb 2020 - Insaf, a non-governmental organization based in Aden, Yemen, addressed a letter to the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Mr. Martin Griffiths, expressing concern for the prisoners and detainees and calling for the inclusion of the Bahá’ís in the prisoners exchange and their release.

30 Jan 2020 - The British Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mrs. Heather Wheeler, made a statement which included calling for the immediate release of all Bahá’í is in Iran and Yemen.

De 2019 - INSAF Centre for Minority Rights, published its first book in December 2019 titled, Minorities in Yemen, which included a section on the Bahá’ís of Yemen and a history of the persecution of the Bahá’ís in Yemen and well as their history in the country.

28 Oct 2019 - British Minister of State, Andrew Murrison, makes a statement condemning the mistreatment of the Baha’is of Yemen.

21 Oct 2019 - The Daily Mail, a British newspaper, published an article titled, “Baha’i community fears deportations as Yemen sentence looms.”

21 Oct 2019 - France 24, a French state-owned international news network, published an article titled, “Baha’i community fears deportations as Yemen sentences looms.”

21 Oct 2019 - Daily Mail, a United Kingdom based news site, published an article titled, “Bahá’í community fears deportations as Yemen sentence looms.”

21 Oct 2019 - Al Yaman Al Araby, a Yemen based news site, published an article in Arabic titled, “The Bahá’í International reveals Houthi pressures targeting its community in Sana’a.”

21 Oct 2019 - Yemen Akhbar, a Yemen based news site, published an article in Arabic titled, “The Bahá’í community concerned of Houthi ruling against its members in Yemen.”1 Oct 2019 - Kyle Orton, a British researcher, tweeted, “In Yemen, there is immense resentment at the Saudi coalition, and in the Iran-backed Huthi zones, dissenters are routinely imprisoned and tortured, and the Baha’i religion minority have been persecuted as Israeli spies.”

17 Sept 2019  - El Comercio, a Peruvian newspaper published an article in Spanish titled, “Who are the Houthis, the rebel group that claimed attacks on Saudi Arabic,” which made mention of the persecution of the Baha’is in Yemen.

16 Sept 2019 - A private member motion in support of the Australian Baha’i community was made in the House of Representatives at the Australian Federal Parliament on 16 September 2019, which made mention of the situation of the Baha’is in Yemen.

22 Aug 2019 – Michael Aaron, the British ambassador to Yemen, tweeted, “Baha’is in Yemen have suffered because of their faith. This must stop. In particular we call on the Houthis to release those arbitrarily detained and allow all Baha’is to practice their religion and live freely in Yemen.”

23 Jul 2019 – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, tweeted, “Tomorrow a Houthi court in #Yemen will hold a hearing for Baha’i religious prisoner of conscious Hamed bin Haydara. USCIRF calls on the #Houthis to drop all charges and to immediately release him and all other accused.  #YemenBahais.”

22 Jul 2019 – Elaph, a London-based independent Arabic news site, published an article titled, “Twitter suspends Iranian agency account on Twitter due to targeting of the Baha’is.”

11 Jul 2019 – British Member of Parliament, Baroness Goldie, made mention of the persecution of the Baha’is of Yemen during a parliamentary debate.14 May – British Member of Parliament, Diana Johnson, asked the Foreign Secretary about the persecution and mistreatment of the Baha’i Faith by Iran-backed Houthi authorities in Yemen.

13 May 2019 – Minister of State at the British Department for International Development and Minister for the Middle East at the Foreign Office made a statement about the persecution of the Baha’is in Yemen. 

1 May 2019 – The ABC, an Australian broadcasting channel, broadcasted an episode on religion and ethics which included a section on Hamed bin Haydara and the death row.

30 Apr 2019 – Al-Monitor, a media site based in Washington D.C., published an article titled, “Trump pressed to punish Saudi Arabic over religious intolerance,” mentioning the mistreatment of Baha’is in Yemen as stated in the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom annual report. 

30 Apr 2019 – Urdu Point, a Pakistan-based news site, published an article written by Fahad Shabbir titled, “UN Human Rights Exerts Condemn Houthi Trail of Persecuted Baha’i Leader.”

29 Apr 2019 – Australian Member of Parliament, Petra Bayr tweeted, “I cannot accept the injustice of having anyone punished by death on the grounds of religion or belief + belonging to a religious minority!”.

29 Apr 2019 – Radio Zamaneh, an Amsterdam-based Persian radio station, retweeted, “RT @HamedThabetHTS: Persecution of the #Bahai -s in #Yemen: Hamed bin Haydara’s Death Sentence. "This is really disturbing as the persecution is linked to his faith", said @mapimartens spokesperson of @BahaiNL. Excellent article by @MahtabRD

28 Apr 2019 – The Navhind Times, India-based news source, published an article titled, “BIC ‘concerned’ over safety over its members in Yemen.”

28 Apr 2019 – Business Today, an India-based business news site, published an article titled, “Baha’i international community ‘concerned’ over safety of its members in Yemen.”

28 Apr 2019 – Devdiscourse, an India-based news site, published an article titled, “Baha’i international community ‘concerned’ over safety of its members in Yemen.”21 February - SBS News, an Australian news channel, conducted an interview with a former Baha’i resident of Yemen whose sister and brother in law are listed as one of the 24 individuals wanted by the prosecution court in Yemen. The interview also included comments from Mr. Peter Khalil, Australian MP, as well as a researcher from Amnesty International Yemen. (English) SBS published related reports online as a web article, a video, and radio/audio tracks.  (EnglishVietnameseTwitter, Twitter)

6 Feb 2019 – Ms. Sahar Ghanem, Yemeni Ambassador to the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden, tweeted “CDA MP @Martijncda expressed his concern regarding minorities & vulnerable groups in #Yemen, especially the #Bahai community. I assured him that the Government of Yemen included Bahais on the list of prisoners' swap with the #Houthi militia based on the Stockholm agreement.”  Mr. Martijn van Helvert is a Dutch Member of Parliament. (Twitter)

5 Feb 2019 – Mr. Niall Collin, the Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Ireland tweeted about the persecution of the Baha'is in Yemen (twitter)

29 Jan 2019 – Mr. Haytham Shoja’aadin, the Yemeni Ambassador to Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, and Slovakia, tweeted “The Houthis continue to endanger #Bahaicommunity in Yemen. Mr #HamidbinHaydara has been sentenced to death by #Houthi. Gov’t of Yemen has added all #Bahais held under Houthi captivity  on the prisoners exchange list. Immediately release all Yemenis and #[email protected]” (twitter)

24 Jan 2019 – Oyvind Stokke, Ambassador of Norway to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman and Bahrain, tweeted “Norway recommends #Yemen to: (5) Investigate promptly the allegations of arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment, including against the Baha’i community and other victims of religious persecution, and ensure accountability in line with international standards". @NorwayMFA (English)

22 Jan 2019 – The Sana’a Centre for Strategic Studies published an article titled, “Starvation, Diplomacy and Ruthless Friends: The Yemeni Annual Review in 2018,” which described, in part, the way in which Houthi leaders escalated incitement against minorities, including the Baha’i faith (see ‘Human Rights Violations‘). (English)

4 Jan 2019 – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a statement announcing its adoption of Hamid bin Haydara’s case as part of the USCIRF’s Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project. (English)

13 Dec 2018 – Articled by L’Orient Le Jour, “The Baha’is, a Minority Discretely Persecuted in War-Torn Yemen” (English)

6 Dec 2018 – Article by Dagens Arena (Sweden-based) regarding statement by members of the Swedish Parliament calling for persecution of Bahá’ís in Yemen and in Iran to stop (Swedish)

28 Nov 2018 – Article by Religion News titled “The Iranian government is targeting Baha’is in Yemen. We’ve seen this before.” (English)

20 Nov 2018 – Article by L’Orient Le Jour (Lebanon-based) in French titled “Les bahaïs, la minorité discrètement persécutée par les houthis” (roughly translated as “Baha’is, a minority discretely persecuted by the Houthis”). (French)

17 Nov 2018 – Mention of the Bahá’ís in an article by Liberty Nation titled “WaPo gives voice to genocidal terror leaders” (English)

17 Nov 2018 – Mention of Bahá’ís in op-ed published in AftonBladet (Sweden-based) titled “Jo, samtal är lösningen på konflikten i Jemen” (roughly translated as “Yes, conversation is the solution to the conflict in Yemen”) (Swedish)

17 Nov 2018 – An op-ed was published in AftonBladet (Sweden-based) titled “Jo, samtal är lösningen på konflikten i Jemen” (roughly translated as “Yes, conversation is the solution to the conflict in Yemen”) which mentions the Baha’is in Yemen (German)

15 Nov 2018 – An op-ed was published in the Washington Post titled “I’m a Yemeni journalist. Sweden won’t help keep my daughter and me safe” which mentions the Baha’is in Yemen (English)

13 Nov 2018 – An article was published by the Canadian Baha’i News Service titled “Canada joins nations in support of Baha’is in Yemen” (English, French)

11 Nov 2018 – An article was published in Zero Hora newspaper (Brazil-based) titled “No RS, seguidores da fé bahá’í temem por familiares e amigos perseguidos no Iêmen” (roughly translated as “In the RS, followers of the Bahá'í faith fear for persecuted relatives and friends in Yemen”)  (Portugues)

30 Oct 2018 – Article by The Associated Press “US Group Denounces Yemeni Rebels' Prosecution of Baha'is” (English, reposted by Washington Post and New York Times)

29 Oct 2018 – Statement by US Commission on International Religious Freedom “USCIRF Calls on Yemen to Release Persecuted Baha’is” (English)

27 Oct 2018 – Mention of Bahá’ís in statement by The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada (English)

22 Oct 2018 – Motion presented in Australian Parliament condemning persecution of Bahá’ís in Iran and Yemen (English)

15 Oct 2018 – Article by The Dominion Post and other New Zealand–based news agencies “Houthi rebels arrest Baha’i spokesman in purge” (English)

15 Oct 2018 – Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon answered a written question from Lord Hylton (UK) regarding the Bahá’í community (English)

13 Oct 2018 – Article by The Telegraph (UK) “Baha'i spokesman arrested in latest Houthi rebel crackdown in Yemen” (English)

12 Oct 2018 – Segment on BBC Radio World Service on the situation of the Bahá’ís in Yemen

12 Oct 2018 – Article by The Associated Press “Top Yemen Bahai figure disappears amid Houthi crackdown” (English)

12 Oct 2018 – Statement by Richard Di Natale, Australia Greens Leader Senator, issued a statement “Greens express deep concern over Baha'i persecution in Yemen” (English)

9 Oct 2018 – Statement by Luiz Couto, member of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, condemning the persecution of the Baha’is in Yemen. (Portuguese)

2 Oct 2018 – Statement by Raynell Andreychuk, member of the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights and Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade in the Canadian Senate, (English, French)

2 Oct 2018 – Article by Almaghrebiya (Italy) “The leader of the rebel Houthi movement has denounced the Baha’i faith as ‘satanic’” (English)

1 Oct 2018 – Article by O Nortao (Brazil) “Acusações infundadas no Iêmen indicam intensa perseguição” (“Baseless accusations in Yemen signal intense persecution”) (Portuguese)

1 Oct 2018 – Article by The News International (Pakistan) “UIPM [Universal Interfaith Peace Mission] urges world leaders to mitigate sufferings of minorities”  (English)

1 Oct 2018 – Article by BBC “Concern over Bahai' followers trial by Yemen rebels” (English)

30 Sept 2018 – Article by Sunday Telegraph (UK) “Yemen's Houthi rebels step up persecution in paranoid Sana'a” (English)

27 Sept 2018 – Article by Deutschewelle Persian “آلمان خواستار آزادی بهاییان زندانی در یمن شد”
(“Germany demands release of imprisoned Baha’is in Yemen”) (Persian)

29 Sept 2018 – Segment on BBC World Service radio on the situation of the Bahá’ís in Yemen

28 Sept 2018 – Article by Correio da Cidadania (Local media in São Paulo state, Brazil) p “Acusações infundadas no Iêmen indicam intensa perseguição” (“Baseless accusations in Yemen signal intense persecution”)  (Portuguese)

26 Sept 2018 – Statement by Baerbel Kofler, German Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, on the situation of the Bahá’ís in Yemen (German)

26 Sept 2018 – Article by Aleesha Matharu on The Wire (India–based) “With a Mass Trial, the Persecution of Baha'is in Yemen Continues Unabated” (English)

24 Sept 2018 – Statement by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, UK Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion and Belief, on the situation of the Baha’is in Yemen (English)

21 Sept 2018 – Article by Middle East Institute (US–based) “Iran–backed Houthi rebels step up persecution of Baha’i minority in Yemen” (English)

21 Sept 2018 – Article by the Austrian National Broadcast “Bahai im Jemen mit Tod bedroht” (“Bahai threatened with death in Yemen”) (German)

21 Sept 2018 – Article by Pressenza “La opresión de los bahá’ís por parte de los Houthis alcanza niveles sin precedentes en Sana’a (Yemen)”, (The oppression of the Bahá’ís by the Houthis reach unprecedented levels in Sana’a (Yemen)) (Spanish)

21 Sept 2018 – Statement by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Enzo Moavero Milanesi, regarding the trial of the Bahá’ís in Yemen.  (Italian, related media coverage by Tempi)

19 Sept 2018 – Article by Deutschewelle Persian
“هشدار عفو بین‌الملل در مورد خطر اعدام ۲۴ بهایی به دست حوثی‌های یمن”
(“Amnesty International’s warning about the risk of the execution of the 24 Baha’is by Houthi in Yemen”) (Persian)

19 Sept 2018 – Article by Outlook India “Bahai community seeks immediate release of over 20 members wrongly convicted by Yemen court” (English)

19 Sept 2018 – Statement by The Society for Threatened Peoples (Germany) “Im Schatten des Krieges – Willkürjustiz im Jemen” (“In the shadow of war – arbitrary justice in Yemen”) (German, English)

18 Sept 2018 – Article by malaymail “24 Bahais could face death penalty in Yemen, says Amnesty” (English)

18 Sept 2018 – Article by Associated Press “Amnesty decries Houthi prosecution of Bahais in Yemen” (English; repost by New York Times, The Globe Post)

14 Sept 2018 – Article by Melissa Parke, a member of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen, on The West Australian “World must ease pain of Yemen’s hidden war” (English)

11 Jul 2018 – Op–ed by Daniel Mark (Former U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom commissioner and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Villanova University) on The Globe Post “Religious Minority of Baha’is in Yemen Relive Iranian Nightmare” (English)

5 Jun 2018 – Article by National Post “Iran's allies are preparing a genocide in Yemen. But there's still time to stop it” (English)

14 May 2018 – Statement by US State Department Spokesperson, Ms. Heather Nauert, “Oppression of Baha’is in Yemen” (English)

10 May 2018 – Statement by Canadian Senator Mobina Jaffer (English, French)

9 May 2018 – Article on Pressenza “El discurso inflamatorio del líder Houthi apunta a los bahá’ís en Yemen con intención genocida:” (Spanish)

30 Apr 2018 – Statement by Canadian MP, Mr. David Anderson (English)

24 Apr 2018 – Articles by various Indian news sites in English, “Inflammatory speech by Houthi leader targeting Baha’is in Yemen: Indian Bahai body” (India Today, New Indian Express, Business Standard, India Today)

19 Apr 2018 – Various news outlets in the US, “Inflammatory speech by the Houthi leader targets Baha'is in Yemen with genocidal intent” (Yahoo! Finance, US Press Association, Marketwatch)

Apr 2018 – Article on Eurasia Review by Ghulam Rasool Dehlavi's, “Let’s Call for Protection of the Human Rights for all Religious Minorities, Not Only for Muslims as ‘Ummah’ (English)

14 Mar 2018 – Article in Vårt Land newspaper “Når borgerkrig blir til minoritetsforfølgelse” (“When civil war becomes prosecution of a minority”), with statement by parliamentarians ( Norwegian)

13 Mar 2018 – Article by Avvenire newspaper “Condannato a morte per la sua fede Bahai” (“Condemned to death because of his Bahá’í beliefs”)

10 Mar 2018 – Article by Il Giornale newspaper, “Condannato a morte per la sua fede” (“Condemned to death because of his Faith”) (Italian)

1 Mar 2018 – Article by Religion News Service, “For Baha’is, Yemen man’s death sentence
is grimly familiar” (English)

20 Feb 2018 – Comments by Irish President Michael D. Higgins (English)

11 Feb 2018 – Article by The Irish Times, “Coveney urges Yemen to release man sentenced to death over Bahá’í faith” (English)

30 Jan 2018 – Statement by US Commission on International Religious Freedom, “Yemen: USCIRF Condemns Death Sentence for Baha’i” (English)

25 Jan 2018 – Article by Deutsch Land Funk, “Todesurteil für Bahá'í im Jemen” (“Death sentence for Bahá’ís in Yemen”) (German)

18 Jan 2018 – Article by Riforma.it “Yemen, l’intolleranza come eredità” (“Yemen, intolerance as a legacy”) (Italian)

18 Jan 2018 – Statement by European Parliament Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief “Baha’i sentenced to death in Yemen” (English)

16 Jan 2018 – Article by J–wire, “The ECAJ joins the push to quash a death sentence for Bahá’í man in Yemen” (English)

15 Jan 2018 – Article by Nortao Jornal, “Com o aumento da perseguição, bahá’í do Iêmen recebe sentença de morte” (“With increased persecution, Yemeni Bahá'í receives death sentence”) (Portuguese)

11 Jan 2018 – Article by New Indian Express, Business Standard, India Today, and Outlook India, “Yemeni Bahai sentenced to death: Indian Bahai body urges govt”
(English: New Indian Express, Business Standard, India Today, Outlook India)

14 Jan 2018 – Article by The Wire, “Baha’i Man Sentenced to Public Execution in Yemen. His Crime? Practicing His Faith” (English)

11 Jan 2018 – Article by This is Local London, “[MP] Bob Blackman asks Government to step forward over Iran and Yemen” (English)

8 Jan 2018 – Article by Eastwest.eu “Nello Yemen degli Houti è partita la caccia ai baha’i” (“In Houthi Yemen the hunt for the Baha'is started”) (Italian)

4 Jan 2018 – Article by MailOnline “Yemen: Rebel–run court sentences Baha'i man to death” (English)

4 Jan 2018 – Article by Associated Press, Fox News, “Yemen: Rebel–run court sentences Baha’i man to death” (English Associated Press, Fox News)

2 Jan 2018 – Article by La Vanguardia, El Confidencial, and El Diario, “Condenado a muerte el líder de la Fe Bahaí en el Yemen” (“The leader of the Bahá’í Faith in Yemen was condemned to death”) (Spanish La Vanguardia, El Confidencial, El Diario)

27 Oct 2017 – Article by PRNewsWire “Gunfire and Arrests Taint Baha'i Holy Celebrations in Yemen” (English)

25 Oct 2017 – Article by Kayhan London “Oppression of the Baha’is of Yemen; Another Case Supervised by Tehran’s Regime” (Persian, English)

24 Oct 2017 – Article by Ansa, “Yemen: Bahai, attaccati da Houthi” (Italian)

6 Oct 2017 – Article by Radio Farda “UN Resolution demands end to harassment of Bahá’ís in Yemen” (Persian)

15 Aug 2017 – Article by IranWire, “From Tehran to Sanaa: Iran Exports Baha'i Crackdown to Yemen” (English)

25 Jul 2017 – Article by Beirut Times, “YEMEN: Release Baha’i Prisoners of Conscience in Yemen USCIRF Calls on Houthis to Cease Harassment of Baha’is” (English)

25 Jul 2017 – Statement by United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) (English)

2 Jul 2017 – Article by Conatus News, “Iran’s Influence in Yemen is Bad News for Baha’is” (English)

12 Jun 2017 – Statement by Salam Al–Marayati President, Muslim Public Affairs Council, USA (English Facebook, Twitter)

7 Jun 2017 – Statement by MPs in Canada, David Sweet and David Anderson
(English Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)

7 Jun 2017 – Letter from MPs in Canada, David Sweet and David Anderson
(English Facebook, Twitter)

Statements by the Yemeni Bahá’ís

10 Oct 2018 – Statement by the Baha’is Community of Yemen to the President and members of the Supreme Political Council (Arabic)

12 May 2018 – Statement by the Bahá’ís of Yemen (Arabic)

Selected media coverage in the Arab region

8 Apr 2020 - Munir Al-Mawari, a Yemeni journalist and political activist tweeted in Arabic.  A provisional translation of his tweet is as follows:  “When King Hussein decided one day to release the fiercest opponent of his regime, engineer Laith Shbeilat, he informed Jordanian television of the decision, then immediately went to the prison, took the prisoner out of it, and then brought him to his home with his royal car. The king did not wait for the release procedures, fearing any delay would cause him to lose his prestige.”

7 Apr 2020 - Al-Monitor published an article in English titled, “Will Baha'is be released from Yemeni prisons as ordered?”

7 Apr 2020 - Munir Al-Maori, tweeted, “To the Supreme Political Council in Sana’a: Do not announce any decision to release anyone unless you are confident in your ability to implement it. Revoking the release is worse and more severe than the arrest itself. The case of the Bahai detainees is a good example of this.” Mr. Al-Maori also tweeted, “the delay continues in the implementation of the Attorney General's directives to release the Baha'i detainees in Sanaa.”

7 Apr 2020 - Hind Al-Eryani, a prominent Yemeni human rights activist, tweeted, “Amnesty International in its statement today: We welcomed the announcement of the release of Hamid bin Haidara and all the Baha'is by the Houthi leadership "Ansar Allah", and we urge that these words be translated into actions and the release decision implemented. #Bahiy_Yemen #YemeniBahais @abdusalamsalah Words -> Actions.”

7 Apr 2020 - Basma Nasser, a Yemeni activist, tweeted, “To be honest, when I heard the news of the release of the Baha'i detainees, I could not believe it, but after the statement of Al-Mashat, I tried to believe that it was not evasive and that the news was real. I continued saying I will only believe when I see their photos! Why was the release announced and not implemented yet? Are you waiting for what? #Freedom_Bahrain detainees.”

5 Apr 2020 - Hind Al-Eryani, a prominent Yemeni human rights advocate, tweeted, “Public Prosecutor Judge Nabil Al-Azani releases all of these, while the decision to release the Bahais "the presidential decision" is still being kept in his office and has not been implemented to this day! [and fulfil the covenant. Surely the covenant will be questioned of …] Where is the fulfillment of the covenant, "Ansar Allah"!

26 Mar 2020 - Jerusalem Post published an article, “Pro-Iranian regime Houthi leader releases persecuted Baha'is in Yemen.”

28 Jan 2020 - Al Bayan, a UAE based news site, published an article titled, “Mercy flights: A new humanitarian initiative for the Arab coalition,” which stated that the Bahá’í community of Yemen has been subject to an organized campaign of perception by the Houthis.

18 Jan 2020 - Emirati Affairs, a UAE-based news site, published an article titled, “Rights Watch holds Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Houthis responsible for the war violations in Yemen,” which mentioned the persecution of the Bahá’ís of Yemen.

15 Jan 2020 - The Emirates Centre for studies and media, a United Arab Emirates based independent research organization, published an Arabic article titled, “Rights Watch holds Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the Houthis responsible for the war violations in Yemen,” which mentioned the persecution of the Bahá’ís of Yemen.

8 Nov 2019 - Al-Mashareq, a Middle East focused online newspaper sponsored by the United States Central Command, published an article titled, “Yemen’s Baha’i fear further abuses under Houthis.”

23 Oct 2019 - Yemen Alghad, a Yemen-based online newspaper, published an article in Arabic titled, “Shocking news. Houthis imminent decision to deport the Baha’i community and execute its leader in Yemen and confiscate all its belongings and Washington is warning.”

23 Oct 2019 - Voice Yemen, a Yemen-based online newspaper, published an article in Arabic titled, “Houthis to produce death sentence on Tuesday on this famous and most-talked-about individual.”

22 Oct 2019 - Qatar News, a Qatar-based news site, published an article titled, “Baha’i community fears deportations as Yemen sentence looms.”

22 Oct 2019 - Sama Press, a Yemen based news site, published an article in Arabic titled, “After few hours: Houthi produces death sentences and ruling to confiscate all assets and personal belongings of a famous Yemeni.”

21 Oct 2019 - Arab News, a Saudi-based news agency, published an article titled, “Bahá’í community fears deportations as Yemen sentence looms.”

30 Sept 2019 - Asharq Al-Awsat, an Arabic international newspaper in London, published an article titled, “File on Houthis deporting Yemeni Jews gains attention in Geneva, Iran attempted to constrain the Baha’is through the Houthi stick,” which made mention of the persecution of the Baha’is in Yemen and the involvement of Iran. However, numerous facts provided in this article on the Baha’is in Yemen and the history of the Baha’i Faith were incorrect.

30 Sept 2019 - Al Mashhad Al Yemeni, a Yemen-based news site, published an article in Arabic titled, “The United Nations orders the Houthis to cease judicial persecution of Baha’is.”

30 Sept 2019 - iNews Arabia, an online Arabic news platform [based unknown], published an article in Arabic titled, “The Guardian: This is how Yemenis live in the shadow of death by air strikes,” which made mention of the persecution of the Baha’is in Yemen.

13 Sept 2019 - Aden TM, a Yemen-based news site, published an article in Arabic titled, “Yemeni women gathering in Geneva to discuss the condition of women amidst armed conflict,” which stated that the discussion included the persecution of the Baha’is of Yemen.

5 Sept - Arab News, a Saudi-based news site, published an article titled, “The endless trials of Yemen’s Baha’i Community.”

23 Aug 2019  – Anba Aden, a Yemen based news site, published an article in Arabic titled, “Britain request the Houthis to release the Baha’i detainees.” (Arabic)

22 Aug 2019 – Yeni Safak, a conservative Turkish news site, published an Arabic article titled, “Britain requests the Houthis to release the Baha’i detainees.” (Arabic)

22 Aug 2019 – Al Ain, a United Arab Emirates based news site, published an article titled, “Britain demands the Houthi militia to release the Baha’i detainees.” (Arabic)

22 Aug 2019 – Anadolu Agency, a Turkish news site, published an article in Arabic titled, “Britain requests the Houthis to release Baha’i detainees.” (Arabic)

14 Jul 2019 – The National, a United Arab Emirates news site, published an article titled, “Yemen’s Houthis urged to review 30 death sentences issued last week.”

30 Apr –  Al Khaleej, an Arabic newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates, published an article in Arabic titled, “condemning the death sentence produced by the Houthis for a follower of the Baha’i faith.”

29 Apr – The National, a prominent Emirati news site, published an article by Mina Aldroubi titled, “Yemen Baha’i leader to appear in court for death sentence appeal.”

29 Apr 2019 – The Emirates New Agency published an article in English and Arabic titled, “UN human rights experts condemn Houthi trail of persecuted Baha’i leader.”

1 Jan 2019 – The National, a news website from the United Arab Emirates, published an article titled, “ Concerns for Yemen’s Baha’i minority targeted by Houthi rebels,” which included a statement by the Yemen deputy human rights minister who stated that the Houthis are fabricating charges against six prominent members of the Baha’i minority in Yemen and clarified some misconceptions about the Baha’is promoted by the Houthis. (English)

1 Jan 2019 – Al Arabiya published an article titled, “Baha’is fear for members excluded from Yemen prisoner swap,”.  The article states that the Baha’i International Community has voiced concern for members of the faith detained in Yemen, saying that the prisoners have been excluded from a swap plan with the government. (English)

16 Nov 2018 – Al Arabiya English (0.775 million followers) tweeted “Jarhum: We call for an end to the persecution of politicians and Baha'is in #Yemen ara.tv/g4b6n” (Arabic)  

18 Sept 2018 – Article by The National (UAE) “Rights group hits out at Houthi prosecutions of Baha'i in Yemen” (Arabic)

18 Sept 2018 – Article by The Kuwait Times “24 Bahais could face death penalty in Yemen: Amnesty” (English)

18 Sept 2018 – Article by The New Arab “Members of Yemen's Bahai minority could face death penalty” (English)

16 Sept 2018 – Article by Yemen Akhbar regarding court hearing of Bahá’ís (Arabic)

18 Apr 2018 – Article by Al Bawabh News regarding statement by the Arab Organization for Human Rights (Arabic)