Amnesty calls for probe of torture claims in Yemen prisons

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Thursday 12th July 2018 10:13:48 in English News by Tafatiraha Guud
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Amnesty calls for probe of torture claims in Yemen prisons






An international rights group is calling for an investigation into alleged disappearances, torture and likely deaths in prisons run by the United Arab Emirates and allied militias in southern Yemen.

Amnesty International said in a report on Thursday that it has documented "systemic enforced disappearance and torture and other ill-treatment, amounting to war crimes" in the facilities.

The report said "some (detainees are) feared to have died in custody".

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Based on more than 70 interviews, the authors said "cruel and unlawful" practices were being committed in those prisons.

Amnesty called on the Emirati government to immediately stop the torture, and to release detainees.

In the meantime, it said the US should suspend intelligence gathering cooperation with the UAE, and stop supplying it with weapons.

Amnesty said that the 51 cases of enforced disappearance took place between March 2016 and May 2018.

Nineteen of the men remain missing, it said.

Amnesty said it had collected testimonies from released detainees and relatives of the missing across Yemen.

One former detainee told Amnesty that "UAE soldiers at a coalition base in Aden repeatedly inserted an object into his anus until he bled" and that he was "kept in a hole in the ground with only his head above the surface and left to defecate and urinate on himself in that position".

Last year, the Associated Press news agency reported that the UAE and its allied militias were running a network of secret detention facilities, beyond the control of the Yemeni government.

The UAE has played a key role in the Saudi-led military operation in Yemen since 2015[ File: AP]

In June, the AP revealed that hundreds of detainees had been subjected tosexual abuse and torture.

On Wednesday, Yemen called on the UAE toclose the informal prisons.

The UAE has denied involvement in prisons across southern Yemen.

On Monday, Reem al-Hashimi,the UAE minister for international cooperation,met with Yemen's President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Interior Minister Ahmed al-Maysari, who "insisted on the need to close the prisons and place them under judicial control", according to Yemeni state media.

The Gulf state has played a key role in a Saudi-led military operation since 2015 to bolster Yemen's President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi against armed Houthi rebels.

The war has killed an estimated 10,000 people, 2,200 of them children, and pushed the country to the brink of famine.

SOURCE:NEWS AGENCIES


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