Report: 23 detainees killed in UAE-run prisons in Yemen

Al-Khaleej Online reported that it had obtained a document revealing that as many as 23 Yemeni detainees had been executed in secret prisons run by the UAE in the southern Yemeni city of Aden.

In a letter sent by detainees at Bir Ahmed Prison to Yemeni Interior Minister Ahmed Al-Maisari said the prisoners had been killed in Shallal, Abu Al-Yamamah, Saleh Al-Sayyid, Yasran, Bir Ahmed Al-Qadim and Mansoura prisons.

In another handwritten document, the detainees revealed that 23 detainees are missing in the prisons of Shallal, Abu Al-Yamamah, Yasran, Saleh Al-Sayyid and Al-Tahalof.

According to the document, as many as 26 detainees from the National Army and Popular Resistance Forces are detained in Bir Ahmed prison.

The detainees explained to the interior minister that they had been on hunger strike for four weeks without any response to their demands and held him responsible for anything that happens to them because he is in charge of prisoner affairs.

Yemeni detainees held in the UAE-run prison of Bir Ahmed in Aden said they will continue their hunger strike until their demands are met.

New images emerged of the detainees holding banners saying they would continue their hunger strike until death; if their demands for fair trials and to immediately release those who had not been charged are not answered.

The prisoners issued a letter a few days ago saying 18 detainees had fainted as a result of the strike, adding that they hold the criminal prosecution responsible for their lives as it has failed to do its duty towards them.

Bir Ahmed prison has been run by the UAE-backed Security Belt militia since it opened more than a year ago.

In June last year, a number of international organisations including Human Rights Watch accused the UAE of operating two secret prisons facilities in Yemen in which detainees were tortured.

An investigation published by the Associated Press stated that men were rounded up in the hunt for members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and have disappeared into a network of secret prisons in southern Yemen. Secret Prisons were established inside military bases, ports and airports, private villas and even inside a nightclub.

A report last month found that dozens of detainees were transferred from a secret prison run by the UAE to another government-run facility in the coastal city of Mukalla.