Yemen: Interview with Al Hiwar TV station about wrongful imprisonment of Yemeni Baha'iTaken with kind permission from the Newsletter "Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief“ edited by Willy Fautré on behalf of Human Rights Without Frontiers Int'l - www.hrwf.net
BIC Brussels (03.04.2015) - Interview of Rachel Bayani, Representative of the Bahá'í International Community to the European Institutions with the Al Hiwar TV Channel, about the case of a Yemeni Bahá'í, Mr. Hamed bin Haydara, wrongfully imprisoned since December 2013 for his beliefs.
Mr. bin Haydara was arrested at his workplace in Balhaf (Shabwa Province) on 3 December 2013 and taken into custody in Sana'a at the prison of the National Security Agency. No reason was given for his arrest and he has only been formally charged more than a year later.
The charges include being a spy for Israel and converting Muslims to the Bahá'í Faith. The charges are baseless and nonsensical and come after over a year of mistreatment, including solitary confinement, various forms of torture as well as intense psychological abuse, during which, privately, the authorities have repeatedly admitted their religious motives for the imprisonment.
Mr. bin Haydara's trial, which has been postponed on several occasions, is now scheduled for the 5th April.