Yemen: Assassination of Abdul Kareem al-Khaiwani is an Agonizing Blow to Press Freedom in Yemen & Arab World

Cairo: 18 March, 2015

دار-القضاء-العالي4The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, expressed its shock over the assassination of prominent journalist Abdul Kareem al-Khaiwani this morning in the Yemeni capital “Sana’a”.

Today, unknown gunmen on motorbike in Sana’a opened fire on “Abdul Kareem al-Khaiwani”- who was a member of Ansar Allah (Houthis) Group’s political bureau, shooting him to head; leaving him dead. His body was transferred to University of Science and Technology Hospital in Sana’a.

It is worth mentioning that Abdul Kareem al-Khaiwani was a columnist and defender of press freedom, who was born in 1965 in Taiz city. He was a member of National Democratic Conference of Ansar Allah (Houthis) Group, and was jailed many times under the rule of former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, on account of his writings that criticize Saleh’s authoritarian rule.

“Murdering al-Khaiwani reveals the ugly image of political violence along with the existing state of wasting law in the Arab region. On top of that, it reveals the escalating phenomenon of assassinating the critical voices instead of administering policital conflict with them. Such a matter requires a stance by Arab governments to implement the law and suspend the impunity,” ANHRI says.

ANHRI urges the Yemeni authorities to carry out their responsibility of providing security and resolving political conflicts peacefully. Additionally, they should rapidly detect the murderers to be brought to trials