Thursday, June 22, 2017

Suspects in Yemen secret prisons tied to rods, roasted

Jun 23 2017 : The Times of India (Chennai)
Suspects in Yemen secret prisons tied to rods, roasted

Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into secret prisons in Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme -including the “grill“, in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire.American officials acknowledged on Wednesday that US forces have been involved in interrogations of detainees in Yemen but denied any participation of human rights abuses.They said US military leaders were aware of allegations of torture, looked into them, but were satisfied that there had not been any abuse when US forces were present.
The AP documented 18 clandestine lockups across Yemen run by the UAE or by Yemeni forces. All are either hidden or off limits to Yemen's government, which has been getting Emirati help in its civil war with rebels over the last two years. At one complex in Mukalla, former inmates described being crammed into shipping containers smeared with feces and blindfolded for weeks.
The prisons are inside military bases, ports, an airport, private villas and even a nightclub. The UAE denied the allegations. “There are no secret detention centers and no torture of prisoners is done.“

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