Yemen demands UAE close prisons weeks after reports of abuse

Latest news

    This is the first time that Al-Maysari brought up the issue with a senior Emirati official [Yahya Arhab/EPA]

    Yemeni Interior Minister Ahmed al-Maysari has demanded that informal prisons run by the United Arab Emirates in the war-torn country be closed, the official SABA news agency said on Wednesday.

    Al-Maysari, who made the demand during talks held in Aden on Monday with Reem al-Hashemi, the UAE’s minister for international cooperation, expressed concern in the past over the Emirat’s oversight of the prisons.

    This, however, is the first time that Al-Maysari brought up the issue with a senior Emirati official. The meeting was also attended by the top UAE military commander in Yemen, Brig Gen Mohammed al-Hassani.

    WATCH: Saudi Arabia, UAE, launch attack on Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah

    An investigation by the Associated Press earlier in June found that hundreds of Yemeni men were swept up into a network of prisons under the suspicion of being al-Qaeda or ISIL fighters. The news agency said the prisoners were being held without charges or trial.

    According to the AP report, Yemeni guards working under the direction of Emirati officers used various methods of sexual torture and humiliation.

    The guards allegedly raped the detainees while others filmed the assault and electrocuted prisoners’ genitals or hung rocks from their testicles.

    The UAE’s state minister for foreign affairs, dismissed on Sunday reports that his country controls prison or set up a base on the Yemeni island of Socotra as fake news.

    “In Yemen, the Emiratis have been subjected to an unjust smear campaign because it bears its responsibility toward regional security with courage and boldness,” Anwar Gargash said.

    In Yemen’s three-year civil war, UAE forces that are purportedly fighting on behalf of Yemen’s government have taken over wide swaths of territory, towns and cities in the south.

    Yemen’s war began in 2015, after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels took over much of northern Yemen, including the capital, Sanaa, and forced out the government of Abd Rabbu Mansour al-Hadi.

    The Saudi-UAE alliance, armed and backed by the United States, has sought to bomb the rebels into submission with a relentless air campaign in support of the Hadi government.

    WATCH: Can the international community act on sexual torture claims in Yemen prisons?

    View the original article: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/yemen-demands-uae-close-prisons-weeks-reports-abuse-180711123335683.html

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies

    In the same category are

    What role does Pakistan’s military play in politics? Tens of millions of voters in Pakistan will head to the polls this week to choose a new government. It has been a tumultuous few weeks for the country...
    Mesut Ozil cites ‘racism and disrespect’ as he quits Germany Ozil met Erdogan meets in London in May Mesut Ozil has announced his retirement from international football, hitting out at the "racist" and "disre...
    India: Village mourns death of man killed in cow-related lynching Akbar Khan is one of the more than 30 people to have been killed in cow-related violence in India since 2014 In the early hours of Sunday morning, ...
    Hundreds of White Helmets evacuated from Syria to Jordan The White Helmets came to prominence in 2012 for their work rescuing those trapped in rubble after air raids by Syrian government and Russian warplan...
    Several dead in Kabul suicide blast as exiled VP Dostum returns At least 14 people have been killed and more than 40 wounded in a suicide bomb blast near Kabul's international airport that struck minutes after Afg...
    Israel evacuates hundreds of White Helmets from Syria to Jordan The White Helmets came to prominence in 2012 for their work rescuing those trapped in rubble after air raids by Syrian government and Russian warplan...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.