Yemen report: Over 1,000 missing, possibly tortured

| 8 November 2011 | Comments (0)

Protests continue in Yemen against the government.

DUBAI: According to the Yemeni Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms (HOOD), a new investigation has revealed that some 1,000 protesters in the country have been jailed without charge and “likely endured torture.”

The group’s Executive Director Abdel Rahman Barman told the Yemen Post that “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.

He said that many of those arrested and jailed have been done so by government forces randomly, a number of bloggers, online activists and journalists have been particularly targeted by the government as anti-regime protests continue despite violence against activists.

On Friday, millions of people across Yemen marched, appealing for solidarity from people in the free world, but the movement has continued to struggle to gain western media coverage, with Syrian violence dominating Middle East coverage.

HOOD added that many of those missing are possibly dead, with the government arresting wounded and dead from hospitals following demonstrations.

The group reported to have uncovered at least three mass graves in the country since February, when protests against President Ali Abdallah Saleh began.

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