Yemeni killed in Houthi prison showed signs of torture, advocacy group says

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Dozens of prisoners are being subjected to severe and systematic torture inside Yemen’s Political Security prison, Habra prison and a number of secret prisons run by the Houthi militias and forces of ousted Salah, said an advocacy group called The Association of the Mothers of Abductees.

During a protest held on Monday in Sanaa, the group condemned the continued kidnapping and torture of abductees in militia prisons.

A number of the kidnapped were subjected to severe torture at the Habra prison in Sanaa on Sunday, leading to the death of one of the abductees. His identity could not be independently verified due to the extreme secrecy under which prisoners are held.

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A statement from the group stressed that these crimes do not fall under the statute of limitations, emphasizing that responsibility and accountability lies with the militias who supervise the Habra prison in Sanaa.

The mothers called on international and local human rights organizations to stand up to their human and legal responsibilities toward the issue of abductees and those who were forcibly taken in Houthi prisons and to take rapid actions to release them.

A report issued by the mothers of the Yemeni abductees, monitored 22 cases of the killing of the abductees under torture in the prisons of the militias, during the first half of 2017.

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