Coronavirus threatens safety of detainees in Houthis-run prisons

Coronavirus threatens safety of detainees in Houthis-run prisons

Alsahwa Net- Several human rights organizations cautioned on Wednesday against serious threats by the COVID-19 on safety of thousands of detainees in the Houthis-run prisons.

The Houthis have been accused of covering up the truth about the spread of the virus in areas of their control.

Thousands of civilians are being held captives by the Houthis in bad medical standards and majority of them suffer contagious and chronic diseases due to torture and deprivation from healthcare.

The Yemeni Detainees and Prisoners Organization said that it has learned via its sources that dozens of detainees have been confirmed positive for the virus amid concealment by the Houthis and lack of medical care to the patients.  

For its part, the Abductees’ Mothers Association, expressed its deep concern over safety of the illegal detainees who have been in the prison for more than four years.

It demanded immediate release of all the detainees and forcibly disappeared people particularly with the appearance of the epidemic in the Central Prison of Sana’a.  

It demanded the UN and its envoy to Yemen and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to assume responsibility towards the cause of the detainees who have been waiting for justice for over four years.

The Houthis have recently declined a proposal by the UN envoy to Yemen on the humanitarian and the economic aspects which was intended to prepare for comprehensive solution.

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