13 prisoners released from jail run by pro-UAE forces

2019-07-21 | Since 5 Month

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Thirteen prisoners have been released from a jail run by security forces loyal to the United Arab Emirates, rights sources in the southern port city of Aden said, after two years of forced disappearance.

Under a decision by the Public Prosecution (PP), 13 forcibly disappeared prisoners were released Saturday from Bir Ahmed (BA) jail in Aden, seat of the Yemeni internationally-recognized government, after 2-year detention by the UAE-backed Security Belt (SB) forces, according to the sources.

Abductees Mothers League (AML) has congratulated mothers of the 13 (out of 20) prisoners released under PP acquittal.

AML has also condemned arbitrary detention, forced appearance and persistent imprisonment of people named in the release order, calling for their immediate freedom and all legal rights.

Head of SAM rights and freedoms organization has hailed the release as a "good step" that "confirms authenticity of previous reports that these detainees were not convicted."

Having been released after two years of detention and torture without trial, the "prisoners deserve compensation, and all those behind their disappearance and harm for their families should be held accountable," Tawfeeq al-Homaidi added.

Since last year, prisoners at BA jail have been in sporadic open hanger strike protesting the unfulfilled PP release orders.

Yemeni and international rights groups have repeatedly called for end of sufferings experienced by prisoners in BA jail, accusing the Emirati forces of torturing prisoners and committing other violations.

The BA jail was run by the UAE-backed SB forces, but it has been recently come under supervision of the Yemeni official prison authority, following understandings the Yemeni interior ministry and the UAE.

After retaking control over Aden from Houthis in July 2015, the SB forces arrested tens of the port city people over "terrorism charges".

In 2017, an Associated Press investigation revealed that the UAE ran 18 secret prisons in Yemen, where prisoners were tortured, charge rejected by the then key partner in a Saudi-led coalition.

Yemen has been racked by a 4-year bloody conflict between the official Yemeni government's forces, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.

The UAE formed, trained and equipped many Yemeni military and security divisions to fight Houthis but also al-Qaeda that exploited civil war to expand its influence in the south, although the gulf state claims the group was forced out.

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