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Mothers of Yemen Captives Accuse Houthis of Operating Secret Jails

Mothers of Yemen Captives Accuse Houthis of Operating Secret Jails

Thursday, 21 March, 2019 - 07:30
A Houthi security officer rides a motorbike in Sanaa, Yemen March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
Taiz - Asharq Al-Awsat

The Association of Abductee Mothers condemned Houthi militias for kidnapping dozens of their children four years ago and transferring them to secret prisons dubbed “exchange houses.”

They also accused the insurgents of starving and neglecting the health conditions of their love-ones, leading to the spread of diseases, especially infectious ones.

The Association, which is a Yemeni human rights organization, issued on Wednesday a statement saying it does not know the whereabouts of dozens taken away by Houthis four years ago.

In its latest report, the Association said 230 citizens, who were kidnapped before 2018, have disappeared. The militias transferred the captives from their places of detention to secret prisons, it added.

Prisoners and their families are being blackmailed and extorted financially and psychologically, said the report.

The mothers of abductees asserted that they have been eagerly waiting for a solution to their cause.

The exchange of prisoners has been discussed between the militias and the legitimate government as part of the consultations held in Sweden in December, but the issue has not entered into the implementation phase, noted the statement.

It called for the disclosure of the fate of their forcibly disappeared children and their release, and at the same time, held Houthis fully responsible for the safety of their children.

The UN Envoy, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Committee of the Red Cross should “exert pressure to reveal the fate of the abductees inside the exchange houses,” reiterated the statement.

It called on the international community to demand an end to these violations that prolong the suffering of the prisoners and their families, and to enable the captives to fully exercise their rights.

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