Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement today (26 September) on the fringes of the United Nations General Assembly in New York:
I am deeply concerned by the fact that, since the start of the conflict in Yemen, persecution of political dissidents, members of other religions or alleged dissenters has increased in the parts of the country held by the Houthi rebels. The Baha’i religious minority is also affected.
On 18 September, charges were brought against over 20 Baha’is, most of whom hold administrative functions in the Yemeni Baha’i community. The German Government calls urgently for their release. We will continue to make intensive use of the instruments and channels available to us to seek the prisoners’ release. To this end, we are coordinating closely with our partners in the European Union and human rights organisations.