Dozens of survivors from the Houthi prisons have seen their health deteriorate as a result of the physical and psychological torture they suffered while in detention, Yemeni sources revealed.
Medical sources in Marib revealed that journalists Tawfiq Al-Mansouri and Harith Hamid were transferred to hospital after their health deteriorated days after their release from Houthi prison in a prisoner swap with the Yemeni government last month.
Yemeni Information Minister Muammar al-Eryani confirmed the news, saying the journalists suffered from brutal torture over the years.
The development sheds light once again on the tragic conditions of thousands of people who have been abducted by the Houthis and still remain in their prisons, he added.
In a statement to the state news agency Saba, he described as “war crimes and crimes against humanity” the psychological and physical torture, neglect and lack of health care that hundreds of politicians, media professionals, journalists, and other civilians are being subject to in the Houthi jails and detention centers.
The minister called on the international community, United Nations, UN special envoy to Yemen, and human rights organizations to pressure the Houthis to halt their systematic torture of detainees and to release all prisoners in swap deal, while ensuring that those involved are held accountable.
Rights reports documented the killing of seven civilians who were kidnapped and tortured in Houthi detention centers in 2022. They accused the group of crimes of torture against 120 abductees.
Right organizations have also documented the killing of around 300 civilian abductees under torture in Houthi camps since the beginning of their coup.