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Yemen mothers protest over UAE-led secret prisons

December 21, 2017 at 4:11 pm

Yemeni mothers can be seen holding posters during a protest against the torture their relatives are facing [Ndawsari/Twitter]

Scores of mother protested outside the Yemeni Judicial Council yesterday demanding their family members be released from detention, Al Yemen Today reported.

Protesters held the Saudi-led coalition and the United Arab Emirates responsible for operating secret prisons in which their relatives are being held. They went on to demand the detainees be charged or released.

Back in June, a number of international organisations including Human Rights Watch accused the UAE of operating two secret prisons facilities in Yemen in which detainees were tortured.

An investigation published by the Associated Press stated that men were rounded up in the hunt for members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and have disappeared into a network of secret prisons in southern Yemen. Secret Prisons were established inside military bases, ports and airports, private villas and even inside a nightclub.

A report last month found that dozens of detainees were transferred from a secret prison run by the UAE to another government run facility in the coastal city of Mukalla.

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