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  • For Yemenis, US Refusal to Release Gitmo Prisoners is a National Offense
    that we are totally opposed to this cruel policy We told them that over 300 000 Americans have signed petitions calling for Guantanamo to be closed We talked about Americans like CODEPINK co founder Diane Wilson and Veterans for Peace Elliott Adams who are risking their own lives on a long term solidarity hunger strike Diane since May 1 and Elliott since May 17 We showed them photos of our protests outside the White House I mentioned that I even interrupted President Obama s national security speech on May 23 demanding that he take action to release the 86 prisoners cleared for release But gnawing constantly on our minds was the fact that we are just not doing enough not caring enough not creative enough not strategic enough to force a change in policy In 2009 President Obama had cleared 56 Yemenis for transfer home 26 immediately with 30 others to follow But days after Christmas Day attempt to bomb an aircraft as it was landing in Detroit Obama placed a moratorium on the transfer of Yemeni detainees The would be bomber Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab who had hidden plastic explosives in his underwear told U S investigators that he d been recruited for the mission in Yemen by Anwar al Awlaki the US born cleric who was later killed in a U S drone strike in 2011 Human Rights Minister Hooria Mashoohouras heard US officials say that Yemeni government is not stable enough or strong enough to make sure the released prisoners don t take up arms against America They have told her that even if some of the prisoners were totally innocent and unjustly imprisoned now after 11 years behind bars they probably hate the US so much that they ll want revenge In our meeting with Mashoohourshe threw up her arms in exasperation So you abuse these men and then you keep abusing them because they might hate you for your abuse Is that the way the US justice system works she asked Mashhour said the Yemeni government has already agreed to assign 10 government ministries to monitor repatriated detainees to ensure they don t threaten the United States The returnees she said would receive counseling job training and other aid She also explained how she went to Washington DC in May to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to release the cleared Yemeni prisoners but left empty handed complaining that she was never received at the White House Now the US government is setting up another obstacle it wants Yemen to set up a rehabilitation center but it has not committed money to fund it Many people we talked to in Yemen believe the US government should not only fund the rehabilitation center as this is a problem that the US created and Yemen has no money but that it should also compensate the prisoners who have been wrongly imprisoned Instead the US Congress is trying to cut off funds that could even be used to send

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  • HOOD's Statement on the Killing of Houthi Demonstrators in Front of the NSB
    User Rating 0 Poor Best Saturday 15 June 2013 Super User HOOD is deeply saddened by the loss of life during the demonstrations to dissolve the National Security Bureau NSB in the capital Sana a which were organized by Houthi activists We reaffirm our belief in the sanctity of the blood of all Yemen s citizens regardless of party Our grief is deepened at the thought that this bloodshed and loss of Yemeni life occurred during the National Dialogue which itself represents the culmination of the success of the peaceful youth revolution a revolution which was supposed to inspire our nation to promote values of peace and solidarity in the hearts of the people and the actions of the citizens Last Sunday a Houthi group held a demonstration outside the headquarters of the National Security Bureau NSB demanding the dissolution of the NSB and calling for the release of the Houthis being held by the authorities The reaction of the security forces caused the death of at least 7 Shia Houthi protesters and injured dozens others HOOD believes that no crime should go unpunished Although we welcomed the formation of a committee to investigate the incident we are dismayed by the unexplained delay in the reporting of the findings of the committee Given that the National Security building itself is surrounded by surveillance cameras discovering the truth of what happened that day should be entirely possible Moreover HOOD reiterates the right of all citizens to the peaceful expression of their opinions and the use of all peaceful means at their disposal to advocate for their opinion and to mobilize public opinion in their favor HOOD also calls all the youth of our revolution and all those invested in the future of our nation to employ the tools and techniques of

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  • HOOD Annual Report: 2012 is the Year of Drones and Terror Security Forces (2)
    have investigated Fullerdocumentationis available in the report submitted by HOOD Alkarama and the Center for Constitutional Rights to the US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution Civil Rights and human rights on April 23 2013 Please see http www ccrjustice org files HOOD Alkarama CCR SJC Submission pdf Extrajudicial killings The AbyanWar and Violations of International Humanitarian Law For more than a year the Yemeni government backed by U S warplanes and munitions has battled against a coalition of tribal militias and belligerents of Sharia ah Supporters linked to Al Qaida HOOD has been monitoring the course of these clashes closely since their inception and has helped coordinate local NGOs to launch initiatives to endthe proliferating violations of International Humanitarian Law These initiatives include coordinated media campaigns that call for both parties to respect the laws of war and to protect civilians by stopping random strikes carried out by the regular military HOOD and Al Karama sent a delegation to the conflict zones in Abyan during March April 2012 The delegation recorded the unresolved ongoing displacement of at least half of the citizens of Ja ar due to random strikes by Yemeni military airplanes Furthermore the repeated threats made by the Yemeni governments that astorming of the city to end the belligerents control was imminent have proven to be the largest single barrier to the return of the displaced citizens During the team s field visits to Abyan province it noted a clear lack of State services and the near total absence of the rule of law and administration of justice This situation in this region tragically overlooked by the State for decades has nurtured deep feelings of indignationand mistrust among the local residents and predictably inclined them to accept any authority that might represent a lifeline from their long standing political judicial and social quagmire The desperation of residents was such that they were even willing to countenance rule by armed groups so long as the latter brought some semblance of order A similar escalation of the problem played out in several other areas of the provinces of South Yemen where armed groups all too readily stepped into the political vacuum left by the State s abdication of its responsibility to these regions It is clear that there is a close causal relationship between human rights violations in the context of the War on Terror and the breadth of the influence of armed groups linked to Al Qaeda in Yemen increased abuses of human rights lead directly almost inevitably to the waxing influence of armed groups among local populations For this reason HOOD has continued to urge the Yemeni security forces particularly the Political Security Organization PSO and the National Security Organization NSO to respect all rights guaranteed in the Constitution the laws of Yemen and the applicable international conventions and treaties particularly the rights to liberty and mental and physical health We must reconsider the radical procedures of the so called War on Terror in light ofthe immediate and long term interests of our country We must also ensure that suspects in criminal investigations are treated in conformity with well established local and international legal principles The armed conflict in AbyanProvince between the Yemeni army and the forces of Ansar al Sharia came to a head in the cities controlled by the latter inAbyanin early June 2012 Nevertheless the Yemeni authorities have to date not initiated any investigation into the attacks that indisputablyclaimedthe lives of many innocent civilians Indeed it has not taken any concrete steps to begin to address the effects of the war In fact the war of Abyan in the beginning of 2012 was merely the beginning of a new phase in the history of the American drone offensive in Yemen which has been characterized by an unprecedented escalation in the scale of the program and number of attacks resulting in the death and maiming of countless innocent civilians as well the pernicious psychological damage caused by the attacks Indeed some cases of permanent psychological disability have been documented The cumulative effect of these individual tragedies has been the festering of an incipienthated of the United States of America in the affected communities During a recent field visit to the region in the beginning of February 2013 the team witnessed the effects and aftermath of mass distraction in Dofs areas of Zanzibar Al Makhzan Al Kod and even Jaar Zanzibar the capital of Abyan province appeared to be the most heavily hit area due toits being the site of repeated clashes during the insurgency Different weapons of varying destructiveness were deployed throughout the period from April 2011 to June 2012 whenthe Yemeni government officially declared that it had regained control of these areas However armed groups have claimed that they pulled out solely in order avoidfurtherharm and casualties tothe civilian populations Many residents of the district of Jaar in Abyan reported that artillery shelling and warplanes launched by the Yemeni army during some confrontations were done at random while others said that hardcore fighters sometimes took refuge among the civilian population Some residents said they did not know the exact identity of the airplane that bombed them Others however said that the types of warplanes engaged in the bombing operations were different from those known to be owned and operated by Yemeni forces The Drones America s War in Yemen Over months of Government led operations many civilians including women and children died whileothers suffered serious casualties in the town of Ja ar and its surroundings all as a result of attacks carried out by warplanes and artillery batteries The largest of these attacks was on 15 May 2012 when a warplane targeted a house in downtown Ja ar inhabited by a family named Alarshani causing the death of a young man Nwair Mohammed Abdullah Alarshani 33 and wounding several others As hundreds of citizens gathered to help in the rescue mission the plane returned minutes later and fired several more missiles directly at the citizens which lead to the additional deaths of at least 13 men and one woman but wounded dozens more Al Bayda Governorate Aninsidious sense of terror has hung over Al Bayda governorate for more than a year especially in the Walad Rabi district in Qifah in the central region of the Governorate of Al Bayda US drones have been hovering over the area continuously leaving the residents to fear attack at any time It was not long before their fears were proved grounded a U S drone carried out an airstrike ending the lives of 17 young people of Al Bayda in a bombing assault on theMamdud valley on March 10 2012 These victims are Mohammed Taha al Qirbi Ali Taha al Qirbi SalehTaha al Qirbi Omar Mohammed Taha al Qirbi Mohsen Mirza Ahmed Sharaf Samarkand Al San ani Sohail Al San ani KhaledMqsam JameelJarafah Ali Al Barakani Hussein Al Barakani Abdul Aziz Al Barq Hadar Abdul Qader Al Homaiqani Hadar Al Homaiqani Kamal Allodri On April 14 2012 a US drone carried out a second airstrike killing 3 young men of Al Bayda in a bombing raid of Alajrdi in Al zahir On Sunday September 2 2012 an aircraft fired a missile on a truckcarrying 14 civilians including women and children from the villages of Al Humaidh and Al Sabol Eleven of them were killed on the spot and 3 were left seriously injured i e the driver and two people who were riding outside the front of the vehicle clinging to the vehicle s sides because of the lack of any further space inside the vehicle On September20 2012 the Yemeni government convinced the victims families to bury the bodies of their relatives and promised to pay compensation to them The burial was agreed to be held in the city of Dhamar without any public announcement of the time and place of the burial A mission sent by HOOD and AlKarama organizations attended the funerals Our missionobserved that the local public prosecutor has taken no action in the case not even ordering procedures as routine as a forensicexamination of the bodies and a report on the cause of death One of the fallen is MabrokMukbil Al Deqari 13 whose father said in his son s burial ceremony Mabrok dropped out of 6 th gradeand began workingon the farm to help us make ends meet to survive He added Everybody loves Mabrok but his grandfather loves him very dearly indeed which made it hard for us to tell him of the death of grandson until today The names of the victims 1 SadamHussien Mohammed Mus ed 28 2 Ismael Mabkhot Mohammed 30 3 Abdul Ghani Mohammed Mabkhot 12 4 Mas ud Ali Ahmed Mukbel 45 5 Jamal Mohammed Abad 30 6 Abdullah Mohammed Ali Al Dugari 25 7 MabroukMukbel Al Dugari 13 8 Nasser Salah 60 9 Rasilah Ali 55 the wife of Nasser Salah 10 DawlahNaser Salah 12 the daughter of Nasser Salah 11 Abdullah Ahmed AbdurrabuRabish 28 The wounded 1 Nasser Mabkhot 2 Mohammed Abdu Jar Allah died later 3 Sultan Ahmed Mohammed Sarhan As part of our fact finding mission in the investigation of this attack we sought to obtain testimonydirectly from the eye witnesses themselves We hoped to conduct interviews with the injured survivors at the Republican Hospital in Sana a but had great difficulty trying to enter the hospital on September 4 2012 due to stepped up security measures thatbarred any visits of the victims outside of relatives Nevertheless with the help of the victims families we managed to meet the wounded and recordtheir testimony Burns swelling and pyoderma especially on their faces and limbs were so severe that it was difficult to recognize the missile shrapnel that remained embedded in their bodies They also suffered from visual impairment The wounded spoke to us only briefly and with great difficulty One observed We were on our way back from the city after each one of us finished his work there the majority had been selling qat As we entered the secondary road we saw two planes approaching us one of them was very close to us The closer plane fired a missile we attempted to flee from the car some of us were still alive and wanted to escape but the plane fired a second missile to kill those who had survived the first We were engulfed in flames and smoke from all sidesas our bodies burned Another survivor continued the plane was extremely close to us which undoubtedly gave them a clear view of us there could have been no doubt that we are civilians accompanied by our women and children Why did they this to us Why do Americans want to kill us Are we not human beings like them another grieved survivor pleaded All the survivors mentioned the further stress of being placed in a localhospital whose facilities and expertise werecompletely inadequate to treat their life threatening conditions The HOOD teamalso noted the lack of any air conditioning for the burn victims which only exacerbated their discomfort in scorching climate of the region The Yemeni government made no move to transfer them to a qualified hospital abroad except when pressured by a call by HOOD to Health Ministry The victims of the strike were eventually transferred to hospitals in Egypt and the Ministry of Defense provided two tickets and 5 000 to each wounded person Only a few days after being transferred to Egypt Mohammed Abdu Jar Allah died of his injuries The rest of the victims returned to Yemen due to lack of money and their inability to continue paying for accommodation and medicine HOOD and Alkarama organized a well attended press availability for the families of the victims in which the families describedthe unceasing circuits made by dronesthrough the skies above their homes day and night without respite for over a year Given the still raw memory of the strike which left so many dead and wounded residents described living in a perpetual state of panic and fear Sana a Governorate On 11 July 2012 a U S drone killed an American citizen Adnan Ali Yahia Al Qadi born in 1968 He was the father of five children held a master s degree and served as an enlisted manin the First Armored Division of the US Army He was targeted near his house at Bait al Ahmer village in Sanhan Sana a along with two other residents RabieLahib and RedwanAlhashedi despite the lack of any public summons to appear in court no charges against him having beenalleged and his well known continuous residence in the village In 2008 Adnanhad been arrested by the political security officers Although he remained in custody for several months he was then was released without charges or trial When contacted by HOOD about the death of Adnan the General Prosecution referred our request to the Technical Office and has made no progress or further efforts in the case as of present HOOD has dulysubmitted a request to the General Prosecution for a wide reaching investigation into complaints of U S spy planes patrollingYemeni air space and U S drones carrying out lethal strikes on Yemeni territory resultingin the deathsof innocent citizens and violating Yemeni sovereignty HOOD added in its request the Yemeni State with all its attendant authorities including the judiciary and the prosecution has a solemn duty to defend society and is mandated to safeguard the rights and lives of its citizens HOOD concluded its request Therefore we request that you investigate these incidents and bring whomever responsibleto justice Arrests and arbitrary detentions The Yemeni security agencies and Yemeni militarycontinue to commit crimes of deprivation of liberty and arbitrary detention They exploit the low level of awareness among citizens and the absence of judicial oversight both in the protection of citizens andin the holdingof perpetrators accountable Even in those cases where the judiciary has exceptionally attempted to take on such cases the General Prosecution continues its practice of releasing detainees without any investigation into the reason for their detention and without seeking to bring the responsible parties to justice During 2012 HOOD recorded about 414cases of illegal arrests by governmental and non governmental organizations Naturally this figure does not reflect thetruenumber of such illegal arrests rather it reflects and can only reflect the number of cases brought to the attentionof HOOD We ground our work only on reliable eye witness reports and never accept press monitoring The chart below estimates the number of cases of illegal arrest along with the arresting authority The National and the Political Security Apparatuses 82 The Interior Ministry Police Stations 115 Military Forces 69 Private Prisons Ansar Allah 41 External Authorities Other Nations 89 Al Qaida and Al Sharia Supporters 75 Enforced Disappearances In 2012 HOOD documented 58 cases of unexplained disappearances and 29 cases of enforced disappearances allegedly at the hands of the security forces some of which were committed in the past but were reported to HOOD in 2012 Physical and Psychological Torture The various security forces in Yemen but particularly the NSB and the PSO still regularly practice the crime of torture onthe majority of persons held in their custody mostly with an eyeto extracting confessions from them HOOD received a number of reports of torture from people recently freed from prisons administered by the above security forces Through our observation of some of torture cases filed before the Specialized Criminal Court the State Security Court we find that even when the victims of torture present an initial motion to the judge in court affirming that they were subjected to torture and even where physical scars from the torture remain scars thatclearly demonstrate the occurrence of torture the judge accepts their confessions and statements taken under duress Moreover the prosecution carries out its investigations inside the detention facility of the intelligence agency and under the supervision of its agents who advise the detainees not to engage lawyers This results in the impossibility of conducting an impartial investigation by the prosecution Security Forces Hostage taking Tragically hostage taking is still being practiced by the state security forces in much the same way as it wasdone fifty years ago before the September 26 revolution against the rule of the Imamate HOOD received many reports of hostage taking by security forces Typically security forces will kidnap a family member or relative of the wanted person in an attempt to force the latter to turn himself in Our annual report for 2012 details several incidents of hostage taking Hostage taking is a blatant violation of both international and regional human rights instruments It also violates article 47 of the Yemeni constitution which states Criminal liability is personal No crime or punishment shall be undertaken without a provision in the Shari ah or the law The accused is innocent until proven guilty by a final judicial sentence and no law may be enacted to put a person to trial for acts committed retroactively Prison conditions and treatment of prisoners The Prisons Act which governs the treatment of all persons lawfully held in prisons or other places of detention in Yemen expressly forbids the incarceration of any individual in such facilities unless pursuant to the judgment of a duly appointed judicial authority and accompanied by a stamped and sealed Order of Imprisonment duly signed by the Office of the General Prosecutor Despite this unambiguous legislative procedural safeguard Yemen s prisons are filled with individuals who are being held illegally merely by the order of political military or security officials and even sometimes on the orders of tribal chiefs The conditions of prisons in Yemen are deplorable There is no separation of prisoners who suffer from severe mental illness from the general population Indeed at the central prison there are no medical professionals on staff and there is no standard procedure in place for dealing with the psychiatric patients held there The same food is served to prisoners on a daily basis

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  • “I just want the U.S. to send my father home”
    frame But when I contacted Baidhani s relatives for a response to Obama s speech they sounded almost as bleak as they had when I met them in Yemen They noted Baidhani had been cleared for transfer from Guantánamo as far back as 2006 and again in 2009 meaning the U S had no intention of prosecuting him and did not consider him a serious threat to the U S I hope this is Obama s last speech on this topic and that he means it this time said Baidhani s mother Um Abdul Khaliq When we learned a few years ago that my son was cleared to come home we were dizzy with joy but as the years passed we lost faith in America That pessimism is echoed by other detainees families and also by many in the broader Yemeni population At the start of Obama s presidency many Yemenis appeared to support U S counterterrorism measures in their Arabian nation home to al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula which Washington views as a top security threat But then the U S began a targeted killing program in Yemen using drones and manned aircraft to carry out more than 50 estimated strikes on alleged terrorist targets Groups that track targeted killings through media reports contend that the attacks have killed hundreds of people including dozens of civilians The U S refuses to confirm numbers while insisting as Obama did again in his speech that civilian death rates are far lower than the media report Yet I recently verified 12 civilian deaths in one single strike outside the central Yemeni city of Radaa in September 2012 The U S has neither apologized nor compensated the victims families let alone announced any investigations While Obama said on Thursday that he was haunted by civilian deaths and that the U S would take extra care during targeting he offered no admission of a U S role in unlawful attacks Meanwhile back at Guantánamo more than 90 Yemenis remain behind bars the largest bloc by nationality among the 166 prisoners Many Yemenis have joined a prison hunger strike to protest their detention without charge for nearly 12 years Indeed the only Yemeni to come home from Guantánamo in recent years was Adnan Latif who returned in a body bag prompting an outcry in Yemen Latif who had repeatedly tried to kill himself at Guantánamo had like Baidhani been cleared for transfer since 2006 He was found dead in his cell last September from an apparent overdose of his medications Left untended this combination of detention of Yemenis without charge at Guantánamo and civilian killings without accountability in Yemen threatens to torpedo the Yemeni U S counterterrorism relationship and at a critical moment After a long rocky rapport with Yemen s former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh Washington views the country s new president Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi as a staunch counterterrorism ally who is serious about thwarting future attempts to attack the U S

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  • Yemen/ USA: End use of 'targeted killings' in Yemen, investigate civilian deaths
    eventually acknowledged that the victims were civilians and were not involved in any armed activities nor linked to any illegal group involved in criminal activities Indeed on 20 September 2012 a delegation sent by the Yemeni authorities reportedly met with the victims to provide them with a financial compensation The two survivors received 5000 dollars which was not even sufficient to cover the medical expenses and flights to receive treatment in Egypt Warfare in the skies summary executions on the ground 2012 has been the deadliest year since the first US airstrike in Yemen in November 2002 According to Yemeni Journalist Ali Al Shabani 109 air attacks were carried out in 2012 alone by US forces in cooperation with the Yemeni authorities in 9 different provinces resulting in the death of 490 people including 390 civilians This surge in attacks is clearly linked to the US Yemen offensive of the spring 2012 against local armed groups including Ansar Al Shariah which had taken control of parts of Abyan in 2011 Following the offensive the groups fled Abyan s major cities to take refuge in smaller towns and provinces During 2011 and 2012 local inhabitants of Al Baydha reported and complained several times that the region was being surveyed by Unmanned Arial Vehicles commonly referred to as drones presumably aiming at gathering information to conduct targeted killings of high profile members of armed groups In the 2012 Radaa attack the target was not even present and 12 unarmed civilians who were not involved in any criminal or terrorist activities were victims of extrajudicial executions in violation of both domestic legislation in both the USA and Yemen and international human rights law The State guarantees its citizens individual freedom and protects their dignity and security Mohammed Muqbal who lost three members of his family in the attack added We ask the Yemeni government to protect its citizens rights They have to stop those US attacks As we say here the house can only be repaired by its landlord The dozens of attacks carried out by the US government using drones missiles and other aircraft on Yemeni soil since 2002 which have been recognized by the authorities of both countries confirms that the Yemeni government is aware of these killings As the perpetrator of the killings is a foreign State namely the United States of America the government of Yemen has also failed to guarantee the security of its citizens in allowing a foreign State to perpetrate killings on the territory under its jurisdiction consciously breaching article 48 a of its constitution which states The State guarantees its citizens individual freedom and protects their dignity and security Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty The victims of the Radaa attack were not subjected to any legal proceedings in which accusations of any crimes committed could have been presented to them and against which they could have defended themselves Their targeting and execution hence constitutes a violation of article 47 of Yemen s Constitution

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  • Ongoing Hunger Strike In PSO Prison, Yemen
    the release of those already acquitted by court orders or having already served their terms or demanding monetary guarantees from inmates families to secure their release which probably constituted an unbearable burden for most families and despite the families cooperation the PSO s refusal to release the inmate HOOD holds the General Prosecutor responsible for the ongoing hunger strikes of the political inmates The General Prosecutor is fully accountable for the consequences of its negligence of applying law and its ignorance of violations of citizens rights by security forces without any legal justification A prosecution committee should be mandated to search the Political Security detention facilities and either set free all those who were illegally arrested and detained for more than 24 hours or refer them to a court if they are deemed suspects ina criminal investigation but their legal rights must be respected HOOD said in a statement to the General Prosecutor on 28 April 2013 Moreover HOOD urges the prosecution to investigate the PSO leadership in regard to confinement and deprivation of liberty and their refusalto execute court mandated orders of acquittal and to refer their criminal files to the competent judicial authorities Upon the receipt of HOOD s report the general prosecutor ordered the Specialized Criminal Prosecution to move immediately to the PSO prison and address the matter of ongoing PSO violations of law and illegal arrests of citizens Ostensibly his office has made no attempt to pursue the issue further nothing has been heard from the prosecution since the initial call for an investigation The families of these prisoners expressed their deep concernover the deteriorating health of their sons and their frustration at the Yemeni authorities simultaneous refusal to respond to their demands and issuanceof thinly veiled threats directed against them Al Karama an international foundation

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  • Protest in Sana'a Calls for the release of Yemeni GITMO Detainees Guantanamo Detainees in the 8th week of Hunger Strike
    This campaign will not stop until we get our sons back here to their home land one of the detainees relative said at the meeting we would try all and any peaceful means to release them It is time that the Yemeni government should demand their release we invite all media and press outlets to stand by us he added The families and the activists handed over two letters to a deputy officer at the US embassy who promised them to be considered the relatives statement to the US embassy in Sana a His Excellency Mr Gerald Feierstein the Ambassador of the United States in Yemen Greatings We are the families and relatives of the Yemeni detainees being held in custody of the US government at Guantanamo Bagram dark prisons for more than 11 years without being charged of brought to justice They have been kept under inhuman circumstances during which they are subject to the worst forms of torture and all kinds of cruel inhuman treatment especially when they are now entering their eighth week of hunger strike When we hear about a country received all of its citizens or even some we feel full of hope that our sons are also coming back soon however we are grieved with the fact that the Yemeni returnees are the least among the other countries which makes us more depressed and hopeless once again We express our frustration and disappointment of the justice and impartiality of the US government administrations and law enforcement agents which have failed to bring justice to our people after the passing of all these years and the failure of the US President Obama to keep his promise to close Guantanamo We believe that any instant decision to release the detainees and close the most notorious Guantanamo

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  • Mass arrest of Eritrean fishermen in Yemen
    here Home Govrnorates News Sana a Mass arrest of Eritrean fishermen in Yemen Mass arrest of Eritrean fishermen in Yemen User Rating 1 Poor Best Sunday 24 March 2013 hood Translated By Radhia Khairan Around 60 Eritrean fishermen have been held in custody at the Mocha Security administration detention center since March 12 2013 until this writing without any legal justification or charges as reported to HOOD team in Taiz According to the report these Eritreans are being abused and subject to cruel inhuman treatment Moreover their boats with all fish and fishing equipments were looted Notably these fishermen have been selling fish at a coast belongs to the Yemen Fisheries at Mocha for many years ago under the supervision of the Yemen competent authorities and through Yemeni recognizable agents In a written statement to the Appeal Prosecution Chief of Taiz Mr Tawfik Al Shoubi the head of HOOD team in Taiz called upon him to instruct the competent prosecution at Mocha to visit the detention site to investigate the detention of those detained and order their release or if found guilty be transferred to the competent authority Add comment Name E mail Website Title Refresh Send Cancel JComments Hood

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