Sa’ada detainees’ families seek help from international community and justice from political security [Archives:2008/1181/Local News]

August 14 2008

By: Yemen Times Staff
SANA'A, Aug.13 ) Dozens of Yemeni women who have been protesting around Sana'a since last month threatened to involve foreign embassies and international organizations if Yemeni authorities do not respond to their demands to release their male relatives detained for political reasons.

Around 50 women have been arranging daily sit-ins in front of Presidential Palace, Cabinet building, and the Political Security prison, demanding to see their husbands, sons, fathers, brothers and relatives who were detained in the aftermath of the Yemeni government's war with Houti followers in Sa'ada and other northern governates.

The women, along with their male relatives, all belong to Al-Zaidi sect of Islam and claim that the political security forces do not allow them to visit the detainees or to even know about the investigation process.

The women said that they fear their relatives are being exposed to mistreatment inside the jail.

“We leave our homes at 8 a.m. every morning and return at 4 .m. in the afternoon,” said Iman