They included arbitrary arrests, torture, enforced disappearances and the illegal transfer of detainees to Saudi Arabia, according to the organization
It was not possible to take a comment from Saudi Arabia or the Yemeni government on the matter
Human Rights Watch, the international organization for defending rights and freedoms, said on Wednesday that Saudi forces committed serious violations of civilians in the Yemeni province of Mahrah.
“The Saudi and Yemeni forces supported by them have carried out serious violations against the Yemenis since June 2019 in Al-Mahra Governorate, the far east of Yemen,” the organization said in a report published on its website.
“The violations included arbitrary arrests, torture, enforced disappearance and the illegal transfer of detainees to Saudi Arabia,” the report added.
The report quoted Michael Page, deputy director of the organization’s Middle East division, as saying: “The grave violations committed by Saudi forces and their Yemeni allies against the local skilled population are another terrifying addition to the list of illegal actions by the coalition.”
He continued, stressing: “The Saudi and Yemeni governments should immediately release the Yemenis who have been detained or have been unlawfully transferred to Saudi Arabia, and investigate alleged torture and enforced disappearance by their skilled forces.”
Page, the United Nations’ Panel of Experts on Yemen called for “investigating these violations, with the aim of holding those responsible accountable.”
The organization documented that 16 people were detained in Al Mahrah Governorate between June 2019 and February 2020, and Saudi security forces transferred 11 of them to the kingdom, according to the report.
The report stressed that “Saudi forces in Yemen are obligated to abide by international humanitarian law and international human rights law.”
He emphasized that the Saudi forces “treat persons detained with them for security reasons in a humane manner, and should refer those suspected of criminal offenses to the Yemeni government for investigation and prosecution.”
There was no immediate comment from the Saudi and Yemeni governments on the “Human Rights Watch” report.
For the sixth consecutive year, Yemen has witnessed heavy fighting between government forces that have been supporting it since March 2015, an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia, and the Iranian-backed Houthi group controlling several Yemeni provinces, including the capital, Sanaa.
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