The Department of Rights and Freedoms in the Council confirmed the brutal torture of detainees and forcibly hidden persons in secret prisons and detention centers run by the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) factions in Aden and the rest of the southern cities.
It said, in a statement circulated on social media, that it had "obtained information confirming that some of the forcibly hidden detainees in the prisons of the STC are insane and paralyzed due to the cruelty and brutal torture that affects them on a daily basis."
The statement called on the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva to discuss human rights in prisons supervised by the UAE in southern Yemen.
The statement called for the release of detainees and forcibly disappeared persons and the reactivation of the work and activities of the International Commission to investigate the crimes of the US-Saudi aggression in Yemen.
The scope of secret prisons has expanded throughout the occupied governorates from the western coast to Al-Mahrah and the archipelago of Socotra Island, to reflect the brutality of the Saudi and Emirati regimes and reveal the policy of subjugating society to the authorities with oppression and abuse.
Despite local and international condemnations for the crimes of physical and psychological torture, hundreds of detainees and forcibly disappeared persons were subjected to torture in secret prisons during the past few years.
In May 2021, a report issued by the Media Center for Southern Governorates exposed many practices in secret prisons in the occupied southern Yemeni governorates. These prisons constitute to be the most prominent closed black files and the most important tools of oppression and intimidation practiced by the Saudi-Emirati occupation countries against opponents of occupation criminal practices and destructive policies.
No secret prison belonging to the UAE has been closed during the past years, despite Abu Dhabi's announcement of the withdrawal from Yemen and the handing over of the occupation leadership to Saudi Arabia in early October 2019. In addition, all prisons and detention centers that were affiliated with the Ministry of the Interior before the occupation were transformed into prisons belonging to the armed militias of the Saudi-Emirati occupation.
The militias of the occupation forces have established illegal detention centers in the camps' headquarters of the occupation militias in the various southern governorates.
According to information obtained by the Media Center for the Southern Governorates, Aden Governorate is still the main headquarters of the Emirati secret prisons that are managed under cover by the Saudi occupation forces that took over the leadership of the occupation headquarters from the Emirati in early October 2019.
There are three secret prisons in Bir Ahmed, west of Aden, one of which is a group prison, the second is a solitary prison that has been established, and the third is a secret prison dedicated to the forcibly disappeared.
In addition, the Support Forces, the Security Belt, and the Special Forces Camp in the city have solitary and group prisons. They turned the prison of intelligence and political and national security in Aden into secret prisons belonging to the militias of the Emirati-backed STC, with the exception of the central prison in Aden, which is still subject to the Public Prosecution in Aden.
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