On September 9, 2020, Houthi soldiers detained Sana’a University psychology professor Adnan Abdul Qadir Al-Sharjabi.
Sources, including faculty members, reported that Al-Sharjabi was taken into custody upon arrival at the university. The scholar’s family further reported that Houthi forces raided his home and confiscated his laptop and a flashdrive. Houthi forces did not disclose the basis for detaining Al-Sharjabi, nor did they disclose his whereabouts.
On October 6, Houthi forces released Al-Sharjabi from custody. It was reported that Al-Sharjabi was found in poor health after his release.
On November 1, he reportedly died as a result of heart and lung-related complications. The Gulf Centre for Human Rights reported that the Houthis denied Al-Sharjabi medical care while in custody.
Scholars at Risk is concerned about the arbitrary detention and apparent ill-treatment of a scholar, resulting in his death. SAR further offers condolences to Professor Al-Sharjabi’s family, friends, and colleagues. All parties to a conflict must refrain from the detention and disappearance of non-combatants, including members of higher education communities. In addition to the harm to the immediate victim, the arbitrary detention and ill-treatment of a scholar undermines academic freedom and democratic society generally.