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Rights Group Calls for Urgent Investigation into Crimes in Houthi-run Incarceration

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Sam Organization for Rights and Liberties has called for an urgent international investigation into torture-to-death crimes carried out in Houthi-run prisons.

The Geneva-based organization said in its report that Iran-aligned Houthi rebels keep scores of civilians in their prisons, two of them recently died under torture.

According to the rights group, Sadiq Ahmed Yahya Alghawai, 37, and Mohammed Abdullah Mohsen died after enduring brutal torture in Houthi-controlled incarceration, the former died on June 26, 2020, and the latter on August 31, 2020. 

From April 30 to May 20, the militia has abducted more than a dozen people from their homes in Sadda province, Houthis stronghold, and took them to an unknown destination, the rights group said.

Sam Organization said it has documented testimonies of the event of abducting Sadiq Ahmed Yahya Alghawai, noting that seven masked gunmen came to the house of the victim, located on an area called Sahaar, on a military vehicle of the General Security of Houthis and took him from his home without justifying the reason for arresting him.

According to Sam, Sadiq’s family kept appealing to Houthis to get information about his whereabouts until September 16, when they received a call informing them of his death.

The Houthi militia claimed that the victim committed suicide in one of its prisons, but Sadiq’s family refused to take his body for burial after finding signs of cruel torture all over his dead body, the organization said in its report.

The organization called for an urgent investigation into crimes of systematic torture in Houthi-run prisoners, demanding that those who are in charge of such crimes be handed to justice so that they don’t get away with their crimes.

About two weeks ago, the same NGO organization revealed a report entitled ‘A Dangerous Career‘ which shed light on 1,586 violations, including 61 deaths among journalists, committed by parties to the conflict in Yemen against human rights activists and journalists.

According to the report, the Iran-backed Houthi rebels are to blame for most of the violations commited against the media and human rights activists with about 60 percent of the total reported violations

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