No charges have been brought against them and there are no legal justifications for their detention … The American Center for Justice (ACJ) demands disclosure of the fate of a victim of enforced disappearance and the release of his relatives
The American Center for Justice (ACJ) demands disclosure of the fate of the citizen Abdullah Ali Al-Hayi, who has been missing for nearly a year and a half in Aden, his immediate release, the accountability of all those responsible for the violations he was subjected to, and the rehabilitation of him, his family and all his colleagues who are detained outside the framework of the law on a regional basis and without legal justification for their detention.
In the middle of October 2020, gunmen in cars belonging to the Al-Basateen Police Department in Dar Saad District, Aden Governorate raided the homes of a number of displaced civilians from Al-Hodeidah Governorate in the city of Enma. These gunmen also looted the contents of these houses and took their residents, including children and women, to the building of the department where they were subjected to torture and insults without legal justification before Abdullah Ali Al-Hayy was transferred to an unknown location.
The citizens who were subjected to this violation are Abdullah Ali Al-Hayi, Jabr Ali Al-Hayi (14 years old), Sinan Ali Ali Al-Hayi, Ali Abdul Malik Al Hayy (14 years old), Ali Abdul-Karim Al Hayy (15 years old), Jabr Nasser Sarib, Ghaleb Ali Al Dhabiani and Al Jashmi Ahmed Hussein Al Jashmi, in addition to women and children. They were beaten, insulted and blackmailed during the raid and detention in the police station. Women were assaulted by using profanity. Men were blackmailed by insulting women and children and threatening to further insult them until they had to make an offer to confess to the accusations and sign those confessions in exchange for the women’s release.
This was preceded by the arrest of Najib al-Jashmi while he was working on selling qat in the market. Then Al-Jashmi Ahmed al-Jashmi was summoned, and he was imprisoned with Najib and through them the homes of the rest were identified and raided.
The detention of the eight citizens continued, and their relatives, women and children were prevented from visiting them for nearly six months until the Basateen Police Director was replaced by a new director. After that, they were transferred to Bir Ahmed prison where they are still held except for Abdullah Ali Al-Hayi, who is still forcibly disappeared and his fate is unknown. According to the testimony of his colleagues who are currently detained in Bir Ahmed prison, the former director of the police department tortured him for a long time until he fainted before he was taken over a taxi to an undisclosed location.
According to the investigation of the American Center for Justice (ACJ), all the detained citizens were subjected to all these violations arbitrarily without disclosing the charges against them or referring them to the competent judicial authorities, taking into account it is only known that they work as qat-sellers, and they have no links or relations with any armed groups or parties that engage in illegal activities
According to the available information, these citizens were subjected to these violations based on what the city of Aden is witnessing in terms of regional segregation, and by forces operating outside the framework of the state.
The American Center for Justice considers these violations a flagrant violation of the law and the constitution and an assault on the freedom and dignity of citizens and describes them as arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearance which are prohibited practices in human rights conventions and charters, and international humanitarian law.
The Center warns against continuing these violations and exposing the detained and disappeared citizens to any additional violations, warning of the consequences of these actions and their impact on society and the resulting escalation of strife and widening social divisions, as well as the danger this poses to the country’s future.