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Horrific patterns of torture catalogued in Yemen’s unofficial prisons

More than 1,000 people have been arbitrarily detained and hundreds tortured by Yemen's warring parties, finds a new report.
Yemeni prisoners, said to belong the Saudi-backed government forces, react following their release by the Huthi rebels from the central prison in the capital Sanaa before being handed over to their families on September 30, 2019. - Yemen's Huthi rebels have freed 290 prisoners, including dozens of survivors from a Saudi-led coalition strike on a detention centre earlier this month, the ICRC said. The International Committee of the Red Cross hailed the move as "a positive step that will hopefully revive the

Yemen’s warring parties are using secret prisons to disappear and torture detainees, according to a grim new report from a leading human rights group.  

The Mwatana Organization for Human Rights documented 1,605 cases of arbitrary detention, 770 cases of forced disappearance and 344 cases of torture at 11 detention centers across Yemen since 2016. Some of the abuse may amount to war crimes, the group said. 

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