The screams of women in prisons in Yemen. One woman after another is missing in Yemen’s Houthi rebel-held territory. The only thing the family is saying is that they have gone for a walk But no one is talking about where he has gone or when he will return Brave women who are not afraid to speak out against the rulers – not only them but even women who talk about the advantages and disadvantages of the people – are being oppressed by the Houthis. The experience of Samera Al-Huri.
The northern part of Yemen, including the capital Sanaa, is under the control of Houthi rebels One of their officers suddenly raided the house of Samera al-Hurri in the capital and took him away They took Samara to the basement of a school A few more women were already detained there During interrogation, he was beaten and bloodied and given electric shocks There were more physical tortures He was also sentenced to death
It was canceled at the very last moment Samera al-Huri, 33, was held captive by Houthi rebels for three months She was later forced to confess to being involved in prostitution in front of the camera In Yemen, prostitution is a crime under the law
In an interview with the news agency AP, Samera Al-Huri described her experience He said secret cells were being held in various houses and schools on Taiz Street in one of the most important areas of the capital. “Apart from physical abuse, women are also raped,” she said The experience of many there is worse than mine. ”
In July 2019, a group of masked officers picked up Samera by Kalashnikov “It simply came to our notice then that I was Osama bin Laden. My crime was that I turned them down to provide information and intelligence against my fellow human rights activists,” he said.
Samara was held captive at the abandoned Dar Al-Hilal school on Taiz Street. He was accompanied by 120 other women prisoners, including the country’s well-known poet Bardis Asayaghi
“Among the women prisoners were schoolteachers, human rights activists, and even teenagers,” she said They would hit my head on the table in such a way that I would have to undergo eye surgery after my release. ”
Samera al-Huri said Sultan Jabin, the head of Sana’s criminal investigation department, was interrogating them. “Jabin used to take beautiful girls out of school and rape them.” UN experts have also found evidence that Jabin escaped from a secret prison Girls were raped there
Women in leadership Due to its long tradition and various social security policies, women in Yemen could not be persecuted in the name of interrogation. But after the start of the civil war, the plague of those rules is no more. Women in Yemen and they are screaming in prisons.
Many of the country’s men have either died or are in prison in the last six years of civil war As a result, women have started coming to politics after breaking conservatism
Many times women are organizing demonstrations and leading processions He is working in various international organizations and is even taking part in the initiative to restore peace in the country
One such Rasha Jarhum 7 “This is the darkest time for women in Yemen,” said the woman, founder of the Peace Track Initiative. At one time, even the traffic police could not stop a woman for questioning It would have been a shame to stop. ”
However, some human rights groups have claimed that between 200 and 350 women have been detained in the name of interrogation. It is more difficult to know the actual status or number of other provinces
Nura al-Jarui, head of the Women for Peace in Yemen Coalition, said more than 100 women had been detained in Dhamar province, south of the capital. Al-Jarwi runs an international support group in Cairo, Egypt, for women released from Houthi prisons. He spoke of 33 women who had been raped in Houthi prisons Eight of them almost died of severe torture
AP reporters have found six women in Cairo who managed to escape from a Houthi prison in the Egyptian city of Cairo. The family does not stand by One of the women who fled to Cairo is a former history teacher He did not want to be named in order to protect his family in Yemen He said he was taken away from a protest rally in December 2016 She was kept in a house near Sana. There were about 40 other women prisoners in that house
“I could only hear the dogs barking at night I felt like I was so far away as if I was not in the world “Once my toenails were removed The officers raped me I was held captive by female guards during the rape. ” In March 2016, he was dropped under a flyover Ashamed, his family refused to accept him, “My family thinks that since I went out to protest, I owe it to them I was also charged with prostitution. ” The Houthi government’s denial.
However, Houthi government’s human rights minister Radia Abdullah has denied all allegations “If these allegations are true, we will resolve the issue,” he said.
She is one of the two women ministers in the Houthi cabinet However, he acknowledged that some women had been arrested in connection with the crackdown on prostitution in cafes, apartments, and women’s rallies. “They have criminalized society and are acting on behalf of the enemy.”
In late 2016, the Houthis assassinated their one-time ally, former ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh At that time, women staged protests in several places demanding the return of Saleh’s body Since then, large-scale repression campaigns against women have begun
“First they started arresting opposition leaders, then protesters, and now any woman who speaks out against them,” al-Jarvi said. Another woman alleged that she was forced out of a taxi and beaten severely during interrogation He claimed that a London-based human rights activist had been detained at the Sanaa police station for several weeks.
The 48-year-old computer teacher said 16 gunmen stormed her home, beat everyone in the house, and sexually abused her. “I don’t do politics,” he said But I posted a post on Facebook stating that the government is not paying salaries for months That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. ”
He fled to Egypt with his family after the incident Women fleeing Yemen to Cairo are helping each other and giving them the courage to move forward. From time to time, they gather with their children, eat, and reminisce. Al-Huri can’t sleep at night “There are still a lot of women prisoners there,” he said When I close my eyes, I hear their screams I can hear them shouting, ‘Samra, get us out of here. Women in prisons.