A statement condemning the Houthis’ repressive mechanism against women’s freedom of movement
The Houthi group has introduced a new repressive mechanism in
Sana’a and the rest of its areas of control, violating the right of Yemeni
women to move and restoring guardianship over women as a person
who is not qualified to control their lives.
Mayyun obtained official documents confirming the Houthi group’s
generalization of its security services to prevent the movement of
women and their departure to any other areas unless there is
a guardian (mahram) or obtaining a higher security approval that
allows her to move.
Requiring Yemeni women to have a man (mahram) or to obtain
preliminary approval notes from the security authorities to be able
to move is a flagrant violation of human and women’s rights and
the values and customs of Yemeni society.
Mayyun organization shares concerns with human rights organizations
and activists about the seriousness of these decisions and violations
against women and their rights and calls on the international
community to denounce this repressive mechanism implemented
by the security services of the Houthi group, and to prevent its
Issued by Mayyun Human Rights Organization December 17. 2022