The health condition of Tawfiq al-Mansouri, one of the four Yemeni journalists detained since 2015 and sentenced to death in April 2020 before the Huthi-run Specialized Criminal Court in Sana’a, Yemen, is severely deteriorating as he has been denied life-saving health care by the Huthi de facto authorities. Amnesty International calls on the Huthi de facto authorities to immediately grant him access to health care. Tawfiq al-Mansouri and the three other journalists- Akram al Walidi, Abdelkhaleq Amran, and Hareth Hamid – detained alongside him, must be released and their convictions and death sentences quashed without delay.
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Dear Mohamed Abdelsalam,
The health of Tawfiq al-Mansouri
, one of the four journalists arbitrarily detained by the Huthi de facto authorities in 2015, is in a critical condition and requires urgent health care. Tawfiq al-Mansouri suffers from chronic illnesses including diabetes, asthma, kidney failure, and heart problems, which have worsened amid appalling detention conditions.
His brother told Amnesty International that he received worrying information on July 27, 2022, from the family of another detainee confirming that Tawfiq al-Mansouri’s health condition has significantly deteriorated. Tawfiq al-Mansouri he has been denied transfer to a hospital for treatment since 2020 and his family has not been allowed to bring him any medication. The denial of urgent medical treatment is considered an act of cruelty that violates the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment.
In April 2020, the Specialized Criminal Court in Sana’a sentenced Tawfiq al-Mansouri
, along with Akram al-Walidi, Abdelkhaleq Amran
, and Hareth Hamid
, to death after an unfair trial. According to their lawyer, the appeal session took place on July 31, 2022, and has been postponed to August 21, 2022.
We urge the Huthi de facto authorities to immediately grant Tawfiq al-Mansouri access to medical treatment. We further call on the Huthis to quash the death sentences of Akram al-Walidi, Abdelkhaleq Amran, Hareth Hamid, and Tawfiq al-Mansouri and order their immediate and unconditional release. Pending their overdue release, the authorities must ensure the journalists are protected from torture and other ill-treatment and are provided with urgent medical care and granted access to their families and lawyers.