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Urgent Alert: Yemen ñ Protest death sentence on Sheikh Yahya Hussein al-Dailami, Prisoner of Faith

22 October 2005

Sheikh Yahya Hussein al-Dailami was sentenced to death in May this year for conspiring to harm ìthe diplomatic and political position of Yemen.î

Islamic Human Rights Commission

22 October 2005

Urgent Alert: Yemen ñ Protest death sentence on Sheikh Yahya Hussein al-Dailami, Prisoner of Faith

Sheikh Yahya Hussein al-Dailami is a Zaidi cleric in Yemen who was sentenced to death in May this year for conspiring to harm ìthe diplomatic and political position of Yemen.î The ëevidenceí against him adduced at court included fomenting of protest sit-ins and leading demonstrations against foreign involvement in Iraq and the occupation of Palestine, as well as protests against the Yemeni authorities violent crackdown on religious and political dissenters. Al-Dailamiís attendance at a social function at the Iranian Embassy in Sana and a trip to Iran as part of a Yemeni national delegation to a conference were also cited as evidence of his aim.

Whilst one of many cases that highlight the injustice of Yemenís political and legal system ñ in particular the Special Criminal Court convened to try dissenters like al-Dailami, al-Dailamiís case has become symbolic for Yemeni campaigners. The Yemen Times hosted a campaign meeting for his case, this summer at which his wife, Dr. Amal Hajjar stated:

ìWe have to join forces in defence of thousands of victims and innocents that we donít know their identities, we have to unite in demanding for independent judiciary system.î

The Yemen Times has written extensively about his case and further details can be found at:

Prisoner of conscience Scholar Yahya al-Dailami to the Yemen Times: ìCruel regimes are the reason behind terrorism!î


Appeal to cancel execution sentence

Whilst an amnesty including the names of Al-Dailami and his co-accused was announced on 26th September, no progress seems to have been made towards their release.

IHRC requests campaigners to write to the Yemeni Ambassador in your country and the Minister for Foreign Affairs in your country. Specimen letters to the Yemeni Ambassador in Britain, and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, below, can be modified for your own country.

Model letter to Yemeni Ambassador in London, UK

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Your address

HE Dr Mutahar Abdullah Al-Saeede
Embassy of the Republic of Yemen
57 Cromwell Road
London SW7 2ED

Email: info@yemenembassy.org.uk

Fax: (020) 7589 3350


Your Excellency,

Death sentence on Sheikh Yahya Hussein al-Dailami

I am writing to express my deepest concern about the death sentence passed on Sheikh Yahya Hussein al-Dailami.

Al-Dailamiís trial and that of his co-accused is nothing short of an international embarrassment and I strongly urge the Yemen government to take immediate action to commute this sentence and to release Al-Dailami and all prisoners of faith and conscience in Yemen.

Yemenís statements regarding its commitment to freedom and security in the region and the world can have little meaning if it continues to persecute its own citizens.

Yours faithfully,

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Model letter to British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw MP

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Your address

Rt. Hon Jack Straw MP
Foreign Secretary
King Charles Street


Dear Mr. Straw,

Re: Death sentence on Sheikh Yahya Hussein al-Dailami, Yemen

I write to express my deep concern regarding the death sentence passed on the above.

Al-Dailamiís trial in a special criminal court and the spurious evidence used against him are a disgrace and further undermine Yemenís legal system. Clearly Yemenís legal system is still one of the worst in the world. I urge you to make immediate representations to have his death sentence removed and Al-Dailami and all prisoners of faith and conscience in Yemen released.

I look forward to receiving your response on what action the foreign office is taking on this case and in general on cases regarding political and religious detainees in Yemen.

Yours sincerely,

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