Al-Wahda [Archives:2007/1078/Press Review]

August 20 2007

Wednesday, August 15
Main Headlines

– Presidential Committee examines Government's and Houthi's reactions

– Government forms committees to import and plant wheat in Yemen

– Firm procedures to control supplies, prevent price hikes, says Trade and Industry Minister

– Many sheikhs reject National Solidarity Coalition

– Authorities plan to establish 24 tourist projects in Aden

– Swarms of desert locusts infest Taiz, Sana'a and nearby governorates

– French Archeological Team to resume work in Hadramout after Ramdan

– Official report reveals human rights abuses in Rada'a prison

An official report exposed the bad health and poor situations, which inmates of Rada'a Central Prison, Al-Beidha governorate, are suffering, the weekly newspaper reported in a front page story. According to the newspaper, the report stated that the health situation of prisoners is very bad and they are deprived of even the simplest means of healthcare. There are many inmates, who suffer chronic diseases and are thrown in dirty rooms while the jail officials know nothing about them.

Prepared by the Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights in last July, the field report, of which a copy was obtained by the newspaper, clarified that the jail lacks the necessary maintenance. It added that several prisoners are suffering psychological disorders due to the mistreat they receive in prison. The jail administration doesn't abide by the legal conditions for the treatment of prisoners. The report disclosed that many cases are being jailed under orders from Al-Beidha Governor, Chief of Security Department or any other security officials without referring them to the court or the prosecution for trials.