Yemeni authorities should credibly and impartially investigate the apparent extrajudicial execution of a leading political activist in Aden on December 15, 2014, and bring those responsible to justice, Human Rights Watch says. Khaled al-Junaidi, 42, died from a gunshot to the back after witnesses saw members of Yemen’s Special Security Forces take him into custody in an armored vehicle.
The authorities stated that a committee was appointed to investigate the
killing, but no arrests have been made. Previous investigations into
alleged criminal violence by Yemen’s security forces have often failed
to disclose their findings or result in prosecutions.
“The Yemeni government has an abysmal record of holding security force members accountable for serious rights abuses,” said Sarah Leah Whitson,
Middle East and North Africa director. “Failing to seek justice in the
killing of Khaled al-Junaidi will only fuel anti-government resentment
and send a message that the security forces are beyond the reach of
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