Government forces find secret prison in Lahj

Government forces find secret prison in Lahj صورة تعبيرية

Alsahwa Net- Yemen government forces found on Wednesday a secret detention facility in Lahj, south Yemen with some forcibly disappeared people in the prison when they captured a military base that used to be run by the Emirati-affiliated Southern Transitional Council (STC) militants.

The government forces allowed the forcibly detained individuals to contact their families and assured them that anyone whose detention is proved illegal will be released.

Relatives of the forcibly detainees told Alsahwa Net that they received phone calls from their detained family members from the military base that was recaptured by the government forces.

The detainees’ family relatives who spoke to AlSahwa Net said that the STC affiliated Security Belt forces banned contact with detainees and rejected providing any information on fate of their confined family members.

The Security Belt forces were established and funded by Abdu Dhabi in March 2016 to manage southern cities that include Aden, Abyan and Lahj after the government forces supported by Emirati military drove the Houthi rebels out of the south.

In July 2018, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Associated Press (AP) disclosed a chain of 18 secret prions across south Yemen that are managed by the United Arab Emirates or its-affiliated local forces.

The human rights groups and the AP reported evidence of torture and possible murder in private detention centers run by the UAE or its affiliated militia that operate outside command of the internationally recognized government led by president Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi, according to the Amnesty International 2018 report on the UAE’s role in secret prisons in Yemen.

Female relatives of illegal detainees have staged several sit-ins in Aden demanding release or information disclosure about their forcibly disappeared family members who are being detained in such private detention centers.

 

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