Saudi Arabia Pardons Its Soldiers in Yemen

As Amnesty International accuses the United Arab Emirates of torturing prisoners in Yemen, Saudi Arabia pardons the very soldiers who may have been involved.

Al Jazeera has reported that a Saudi-led coalition was responsible for the majority of child fatalities and injuries in the ongoing war in Yemen last year.

Now, Amnesty International accuses the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who has partnered with Saudi Arabia in the U.S.-backed Yemeni assault, of torturing prisoners in secret prison sites.

Yemen is currently in the midst of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world as millions suffer from cholera even as they endure an impending famine and an unending military bombardment.

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Mid-June saw the ruthless bombing of Yemen’s key port city of Hodeidah, further restricting the ability of aid groups to deliver crucial food and medical supplies to the war-torn country.

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Yesterday, Amnesty International issued a report that detailed “systemic enforced disappearance and torture and other ill-treatment, amounting to war crimes” in the UAE-run prisons.

The international human rights group has said it is possible that some detainees died during their imprisonment.

Saudi Arabia issued a royal pardon to all soldiers serving in Yemen the very same day.

The pardon extends to all “military men” who participated in “Operation Restoring Hope,” but did not address what crimes the soldiers were being pardoned for.

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At this point more than 15,000 Yemenis have died while millions continue to suffer.

Amnesty International has advised the United States to suspend all joint intelligence gathering operations with the UAE and to stop supplying weapons and refueling services.

“We’ve done this through interviews with families, government officials, current and former detainees. We’ve also been on the ground in Aden … and all fingers point to really alarming patterns of abuse that have been ongoing now for well over a year, and they have been taking place within a culture of impunity.”  — Tirana Hasson, director for crisis response at Amnesty International

Iron Triangle Press will continue to follow this story.

To read our coverage of the assault on the port city of Hodeidah, click here.


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