Over 10000 journalists activists and bloggers detained by Houthi militias
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))
ADEN 16th January 2016 (WAM) -- More than 10000 persons were detained and kidnapped by Houthi militias most of them young men journalists and social media activists and bloggers the Arab Centre for Human Rights and Anti-Terrorism (ACHA) has revealed.
''Youth are being arrested on a daily basis and the number of those arrested in the capital Sanaa alone ranges between 100 to 200 daily'' the ACHA said in a statement adding that prisons were now crammed with detainees who were transferred after they had spent seven to ten days in police stations. Some of them were sent to political security prisons.
''Houthi militias are savagely torturing a number of prisoners and scanning their mobile phones confiscating them and were using them for acts that blatantly violated all local and international laws and norms. They were flagrantly flouting all values and principles the statement noted.
The militias demanded ransom amounts ranging between US$ 500 to 3000 to release any prisoner who wanted to walk to freedom and those who refused to pay were being sent to even more notorious prisons.