The Yemeni abductees' mothers league (AML) on Monday called on the international community to "save the lives of 44" people detained in the southern port city of Aden.
The "44 detainees held in Bair Ahmed jail are at risk of COVID-19 infection," AML said in a statement, "after the prison's director caught the virus and his brother, who worked at the same jail, died.
"While the Yemeni government has declared Aden as infected city, security authorities still refuse to release the prisoners," it added.
AML called on the UN-recognized government to shoulder its national, legal responsibility, protect the detainees and secure their safety.
The mothers also called the UN, UNHCHR and Arab coalition to press for immediate release of the detainees.
AML is an NGO that was established 3 years ago to defend human rights, alleviate the sufferings of mothers and families of abductees and forcibly disappeared people, and press for their safety and release.