Scale of torture and deaths in Yemen’s unofficial prisons revealed

Human rights group says all sides in long war responsible for shocking abuse

The scale of abuse suffered by Yemenis in unofficial detention centres and prisons has been revealed in a new report which shows how extrajudicial detentions and killings have rocketed during the five-year-long conflict.

Between May 2016 and April 2020, Mwatana, a leading Yemeni human rights group, documented 1,605 cases of arbitrary detention, 770 cases of enforced disappearance, and 344 cases of torture carried out by all of Yemen’s warring parties, according to research published on Tuesday.

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