Houthis Are Torturing Their Prisoners

April 3, 2019

A lawyer in Yemen has stated that 36 defendants are claiming that the Houthis have tortured them. The Houthi rebels had charged those defendants as being spies.

A Yemeni lawyer who represents one of those detainees is Abdel-Majeed Sabra. This lawyer stated that his client had gone to court recently. However, the hearing was adjourned to the following Saturday.

According to the lawyer, the detainees were subjected to a wide variety of abuses. The Houthis had beaten them among other physical abuses during their detentions. They were kept detained for anywhere between 2 and 4 years. As per the lawyer, the prisoners had been kept in underground cells. They are not given food or even medicine.

During the ongoing civil war, there have been innumerable instances of people being imprisoned and arrested under false charges by the Houthi rebels. According to an investigation, some of their prisoners were found with acid burns. There have also been stories of prisoners being hung from their wrists for several weeks.

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