Deputy Interior minister's remarks provoke anger among families of the forcibly hidden in Aden

Deputy Interior minister's remarks provoke anger among families of the forcibly hidden in Aden

At the session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva last Friday, Deputy Interior Minister Ali Nasser Lakhsa’a raised a wave of outrage among the families and parents of those arrested and forcibly hidden in the southern city of Aden, the interim capital.

Denouncing the statements, the Association of Mothers of the abducted people on Sunday staged a vigil in front of the home of Interior Minister Ahmed al-Maysari, and the participants called on the Interior Ministry to disclose the fate of their abducted and forcibly hidden relatives.

The protesters rejected statements made at the regular review session, stating that all prisons in the governorates under the control of the Yemeni government are official prisons under the supervision of the prosecution.

He denied the existence of any secret prisons or places of torture.

The protesters, most of whom were abductees and hidden mothers, lifted pictures of their children, slogans against Lakhsha’a, and blamed the Interior Ministry for concealing their relatives.

The abductees mothers also bore Lakhsha’a the consequences of his statements.

They called on Interior Minister Ahmed al-Maysari to hold his legal responsibilities, to reveal the fate of those who were forcibly hidden, and those whose cases could not be overridden and jumped through a statement contrary to what was on the ground.

According to human rights groups, there are people who have been forcibly concealed in secret prisons, namely "Shallal", "Abu al-Yamamah", "Yusran", "Saleh al-Sayed/5th Brigade" and "Arab coalition led by the UAE".

These organizations accuse the United Arab Emirates of running at least 13 prisons and 8 military positions throughout Yemen, apart from secret jails.

"There are crimes that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to the report of the UN Human Rights Council, which was released last September 2018," it said.

It emphasizes that torture, enforced disappearance, and torture resulting in death have become a more cruel and brutal and systematic act, relying on innovative means to achieve the greatest pain and injury to detainees, and under the supervision and care of foreign experts in torture, requiring urgent international action to rescue detainees and to know the fate of those who are forcibly hidden.


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