Statement by the Yemeni authority for defending detainees at Guantanamo [Archives:2004/744/Local News]

June 7 2004

Hassan Al-Zaidi
The Yemeni Authority for Defending Detainees at Guantanamo and Other Places and Against Torture and Violence held its first meeting on the morning of 3 June, 2004, presided over by the Chairman of the Authority and Member of Parliament, Mr. Faisel Bin Shamlan.
The meeting reviewed the “Sana'a appeal”, issued on 11 April, 2004 by the conference “Human Rights for All”, which decided to form private commissions to look into the illegal activities and violations against the detainees at Guantanamo and into what happened at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
The Authority, during the meeting, formed its presidium body and its working agenda for the coming period. Ms. Amal Al-Basha, President of the Arab Sisters Forum, and Ms. Rahmah Hujairah, President of the Yemeni Female Journalists Forum, were chosen as Vice Presidents of the Authority. Mr. Mohamed Naji Allawo, the Coordinator at HOOD Organization, was chosen as the rapporteur of the authority.