The American Center for Justice (ACJ) received an appeal from within the Women’s Department at the Central Reformatory in the capital, Sana’a, regarding the denial of visits and communication with families, relatives, and lawyers, that the inmates of the reformatory suffers from. The inmates are also prevented from meeting with organizations and bodies visiting the reformatory to check on the conditions of all prisoners in general and the female prisoners in particular. They also receive threats of being punished or even framed.
Female inmates are subjected to maltreatment similar to slavery, according to what was stated in the appeal letter, and they are exposed to the most severe penalties which are not legally justified. Furthermore, they are subjected to defamation and their families receive incorrect news about them to push them to abandon their daughters and stop supporting or even visiting them, which has already happened to a number of prisoners while mothers have been deprived of their children as a result.
The female prisoners complain in their letter that a leader in the Houthi group (Ansar Allah) nicknamed Umm al-Karar has been managing the department of female prisoners. Since assuming this position, she has taken a series of arbitrary actions against female prisoners, and she prevented them from using the phone to communicate with their relatives or lawyers except once a week and only for five minutes.
According to the letter, which the center keeps a copy of, the inmates in the reformatory, whose number exceeds three thousand, say that the director of the department pursued the policy of divide and conquer as she sowed the seeds of conflict between them, as well as inciting some of them against the others to ensure she could control the department through intrigue and incitement. She also prompted the female inmates to spy on each other.
The American Center for Justice (ACJ) condemns the violations, arbitrary measures, and denial of rights stipulated in the constitution and local laws against the female inmates of the central reformatory in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a.
The American Center for Justice (ACJ) calls to end these practices and to respect the rights of the prisoners in the central reformatory. ACJ also calls on all local and international bodies represented by the United Nations and its various agencies and institutions and human rights organizations to intervene in order to end the state of suffering experienced by the inmates of the central reformatory in the capital, Sana’a.