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The report presented the various illegal forms of abduction and torture adopted by Houthis and revealed secret location of some Houthi-run prisons in various Yemeni governorates to torture civilians.
It is worth mentioning that all of them are civilians and have been released in the UN-sponsored prisoner-swap deal between the warring parties in August Freed prisoners explained the most prominent violations they were subjected to and the adverse conditions they endured during their detention in Houthi prisons.
Houthis run free centers for detention, including residential buildings, schools, and universities, which do not meet the minimum international and local standards for detention concerning hygiene, yemenand the provision of proper health care, water, electricity, and basic necessities.
These three prisons are not suitable to be used as detention centers in the first place due to the lack of the minimum legal standards for detention. Houthis adopt various forms of torture, varying between physical and mental torture.
This caused permanent disabilities to some detainees while some others died during torture, especially those who were hit on the head with batons or those who were sprayed with acid. On the other hand, there were various forms of mental torture.
That involved intimidation and pressuring detainees to confess to charges they did not commit. Houthis kept them in solitary confinement, having confiscated their clothes and medicines, and insulted and threatened to harm their families.
They also blackmailed their families in yemen for releasing them and threatened to transfer detainees to places under constant bombing from the Arab Coalition warplanes. Most of those released suffer from psychological problems that require free rehabilitation. I was not presented to court, nor was I allowed to appoint a lawyer.
My charge was being a political activist. I was beaten with cables.
They used to tie my hands to my feet from behind using chains, deprived me of medicines and painkillers. I spent about five years in an overcrowded and completely closed room with no light, ventilation or sunlight.
They only allowed us to use the bathroom for a short period of time not exceeding two minutes three times a day. Attachments Download document PDF 4.