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5,000 Detainees in Houthi-Saleh Prisons | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Rubble from a residential house in Saada City, Yemen. Human Rights Watch

Aden – A large number of Yemenis live in dangerous humanitarian and psychological situations in light of the increasing violating acts Houthi and Saleh militias have been committing since the beginning of the war which passed its second year in several cities in Yemen.

Thousands of civilians have been subjected to arbitrary arrests and detentions, some of which – over time – have become cases of enforced disappearance in isolation from the outside world, which further complicated the psychological situation and the suffering of the families of those abducted.

Many people were released, others spoke about their sufferings and what Houthi militias requested from their parents in return of their release, while some others are still out of their parent’s reach in unknown places.

Meanwhile, thousands of civilians were subjected to similar acts of kidnapping and enforced disappearance, according to statistics issued by local humanitarian organizations.

Local Yemeni reports revealed that Houthi and Saleh militias have committed 4,841 arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances in 2016.

A report issued by Yemeni Coalition to Monitor Human Rights Violations (YCMHRV) stated that field monitoring teams recorded around 5,092 documented violations with 4,882 are of arbitrary detentions and 210 of enforced disappearances.

This is the total number of violations of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the International Human Rights Law, which the YCMHRV could document.

The violations documented in the report are distributed among provinces in Yemen.

According to the indicators and statistical data, Sana’a which is under the control of Houthi-Saleh militia topped the list at (693) violations. Baidha province, which witnesses armed conflicts between Houthi-Saleh militia and the armed forces of the legitimate internationally recognized Yemeni government backed by the popular resistance, was second at (655) violations followed by Ibb province that is under the control of Houthi-Saleh militia at (539) violations.

Then Hodeida, which is under the control of Houthi-Saleh militia, located in Sahal Tihama whose people are extremely poor at (506) violations.

Spokeswoman of the National Human Rights Committee in Yemen Ishraq al-Maqtari said that the committee was keen from the beginning of its work in January 2016 to reach all victims in Yemen, those whose civil, political, economic and social rights were violated, especially their right to live with dignity and wellness.

The committee has been keen to monitor and document all cases of illegal arrest and enforced disappearance, which are considered violations for the IHL, national law articles and international law principles.