Alwaght- Amnesty International has urged the UN to probe into allegations that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and its allies detained and tortured hundreds of people in Yemen.
In a statement released on Thursday, Amnesty called for an urgent investigation after reports emerged that the UAE financed, armed and trained mercenaries responsible for grave human rights violations in Yemen.
There are at least 18 clandestine prisons across southern Yemen operated by the UAE or by local Yemeni militia loyal to the ousted regime created and trained by the Arab countries, AP reported on Thursday. A number of the estimated 2,000 detainees there are subjected to abuse and torture and have no legal protection, sources from the agency said.
The US military provides lists of questions for the detainees and receives transcripts of the interrogations done at the torture chambers, thus making America complicit in torture. American citizens have been directly involved in some of the interrogations, although none of the sources confirmed participation in the alleged abuses, the report said, citing several unnamed US defense officials.
"A UN-led investigation must immediately be launched into the UAE's and other parties' role in setting up this horrific network of torture," Lynn Maalouf, the director of research at Amnesty International in the Middle East said.
"Thousands of Yemeni men have disappeared in those networks. Enforced disappearance and torture are crimes under international law. They must be investigated and those responsible must be held accountable."
"Allegations about US forces taking part in interrogations of detainees or receiving information that may have been obtained through torture must also be immediately investigated, Amnesty said. "It would be a stretch to believe the US did not know or could not have known that there was a real risk of torture."
The UAE is a key member of the Saudi-led military aggression launched against Yemen in March 2015 to push back Ansarullah resistance movement from Sana’a and to bring back to power Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Yemen's president who has resigned and is a staunch ally of Riyadh.
The brutal aggression has so far claimed the lives of nearly 13,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians. The Saudi-led and US backed military aggression has also taken a heavy toll on Yemen’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, markets, schools, mosques and factories.