1000 Yemeni protesters in prison
The Yemeni Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms (known as HOOD) launched an investigation into “disappeared” activists. HOOD, a credible organization, found that over 1000 protesters are jailed incommunicado and most likely enduring torture.
Abdul Rahman Barman, the executive director of HOOD told the Yemen Post, “the number of imprisoned youth is on the rise and the world must stand against the government for the sake of humanity.”
“These youth are being tortured and attacked fiercely. Some leave government custody with their minds lost from the torture,” added Barman.
While many protesters were grabbed randomly, Yemeni bloggers, tweeters, facebookers and journalists are targeted in particular. Last Friday, millions across Yemen marched, appealing for solidarity from people in the free world, but gained little western media coverage.
Its also likely some of the missing are dead. After nearly every protest, the state steals the wounded and corpses from hospitals and the streets to reduce the body count. At least three mass graves have been discovered since February.
One family came forward to report the Sanaa regime offered them $10,000 to accuse the opposition in their son’s murder, after he was shot in the eye and killed by the security forces.
Earlier witness testimony detailed brutal torture of prisoners in Yemen, including children as young as 12, at the hands of Yemeni security forces.
Violence has increased since the UN Security Council passed resolution 2014 two weeks ago strongly urging Saleh to step down. Its par for the course.
During 1994’s civil war, President Ali Abdullah Saleh ignored two security council resolutions calling for the immediate end to the random shelling of Aden City. Saleh’s utter disregard for the resolutions and the forced imposition of unity on south Yemen in 1994 gives rise to southern Yemenis’ claims that they are “occupied” by the northern Saleh regime.
About half of Yemen’s 25 million citizens are under 15 years old. The protest marches demanding regime change take place across the nation and draw the millions to the streets weekly. Hundreds of thousands of youth activists and others are living in protest squares since February, refusing to go home until Saleh and his regime are deposed.