New Evidence of Torture in Yemen's Prisons
An AP investigation last June exposed secret prisons and widespread torture inflicted by the United Arab Emirates in Yemen. Now the AP has identified at least five prisons where security forces use sexual torture to break inmates. Witnesses said Yemeni guards working under Emirati direction have raped detainees, electrocuted prisoners’ genitals or hung rocks from their testicles, and have sexually violated others with wooden and steel poles. Detainees from one of the prisons smuggled letters and drawings to the AP about the abuse. UAE officials did not respond to requests for comment; a Pentagon spokesperson said the U.S. has seen no evidence of abuse by its ally in Yemen.
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