Morgan Ortagus Spokesperson for the United States Department of State

Morgan OrtagusSpokesperson for the United States Department of State has said the United States is seriously concerned by the Iranian-backed Houthis’ July 9 unjust sentencing of 30 political prisoners to death in Sana’a.  Among those sentenced were academics and political figures detained on unfounded, politically motivated charges.  Some of those sentenced have also allegedly been physically abused while in detention.  We urge the Iranian-backed Houthis to retract these sentences, treat detainees humanely, and cease arbitrary detentions.