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Humanitarian agencies call for immediate and independent investigation following death of Save the Children staff member in detention

October 30, 2023

We, the 25 undersigned international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) operating in Yemen, are devastated by the death of Save the Children staff member Hisham Al-Hakimi, who died in detention in Yemen. Hisham was a dedicated humanitarian who had been working with Save the Children since 2006. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues at this difficult time.

We stand in solidarity with Save the Children in Yemen, who are providing lifesaving humanitarian assistance to millions of children and families in extremely challenging circumstances.

Parties to conflict must ensure the safety of humanitarian workers and that their rights are respected, in line with international humanitarian law and international human rights law. We are concerned by reports that Hisham was detained without charges or legal proceedings and that no one was able to speak to or see him through the period of his detention. We call for an immediate, independent and transparent investigation into the circumstances of Hisham’s death.

Furthermore, we remain concerned for the welfare of three UN staff who have been detained —two since November 2021 and one since August 2023. We echo the UN Humanitarian Coordinator’s call for the Sana’a Authorities to provide full information on their circumstances as well as visitation access.

Signed,

Acted

Action Contre la Faim (ACF)

ADRA Yemen

CARE

CIVIC

Concern WW

Danish Refugee Council

Direct Aid

FHI 360

Geneva Call

GiveDirectly

Humanity & Inclusion

International Medical Corps

International Rescue Committee

INTERSOS

Marie Stopes International Yemen

MdM

Mercy Corps

Norwegian Refugee Council

OXFAM

People in Need

PU-AMI

Saferworld

Search for Common Ground

Solidarités International

War Child UK