Urgent Action: Two Baha’i Men Forcibly Disappeared (Yemen: UA 17/17)

Urgent Action
January 19, 2017
The fate and whereabouts of two members of Yemen’s Baha’i community remain unknown following their arrest on 11 January. They have been denied contact with their families and lawyer, and are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Heshmat Alah Ali Mohammad Sabet Sarvestani and his son-in-law Nadim al-Sakkaf have been arbitrarily detained without charge and subjected to enforced disappearance since 11 January. They have been held incommunicado in an unknown location without access to their families or lawyers, raising fears they might be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
On 11 January, Nadim al-Sakkaf drove Heshmat Alah Sarvestani to the international airport in Yemen’s southern city of Aden. Heshmat Alah Sarvestani was due to board a Yemenia flight to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to renew his Iranian passport and receive medical treatment. Heshmat Alah Sarvestani is 75 years old and suffers from various medical ailments, including arterial hypertension-a rare form of high blood pressure, and a slipped disc. At around 2pm, while at the check-in desk, the two men were approached by an airport officer dressed in civilian clothing who ushered Nadim al-Sakkaf into an office for questioning. Hesmat Alah Sarvestani was called into the same office shortly after. Neither men have been seen since. The Yemeni authorities have refused to disclose their whereabouts.
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • Calling on the Yemeni authorities to disclose the fate and whereabouts of Heshmat Alah Sarvestani and Nadim al-Sakkaf and release them immediately and unconditionally, unless they are to be charged with a recognizable criminal offence, in line with international law and standards;
  • Urging them to ensure that they are protected from torture and other ill-treatment and granted, without delay, regular access to their families, lawyers and any medical treatment they may require.

Contact these two officials by 1 March, 2017:

Ambassador of Yemen to the US
H.E. Dr Ahmed Awad Binmubarak
Embassy of the Republic of Yemen in Washington
2319 Wyoming Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008, USA
Fax: +1 (202) 337-2017
Salutation: Your Excellency
Ambassador of Yemen to the UK
H.E. Dr Yassin Saeed Noman Ahmed
Embassy of the Republic of Yemen in London
57 Cromwell Road, London SW7 2ED
United Kingdom
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7589 3350
Salutation: Your Excellency
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