Evidence reveals that on charge of torturing Yemenis in secret prisons
The US House of Representatives has voted to investigate the US role in torture prisons in Yemen – and want Defence Secretary Jim Mattis to find out.
The House vote came a few days after veteran CIA officer Gina Haspel was sworn in as the agency’s first female director on Monday.
Haspel was confirmed by the Senate last week in a 54-45 vote, despite vigorous opposition over her role in setting up alleged “black sites” used to detain and torture individuals accused of being “terrorists”.
The Associated Press last year reported that 2,000 detainees rounded up for suspected ties to al-Qaeda into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen. It reported that American officials acknowledged that U.S. forces have been involved in interrogations of detainees in Yemen but denied any participation in or knowledge of human rights abuses.
Former detainees described “being crammed into shipping containers smeared with feces and blindfolded for weeks on end.”
In the report, US officials acknowledge American troops had been involved in the interrogation process but denied participating in or knowledge of human rights abuses.
In Iraq, the international organizations have documented thousands of cases and published horrific images of those stories inside and outside Abu Ghraib prison. Trump has recently appointed CIA official involved in torture and rape in Iraq. No American soldier has yet been charged for these crimes.
These crimes also confirm that American and British officers may be responsible of the war against Yemen. With the same process in Iraq is done in Yemen.
A UN panel of experts largely affirmed these findings and accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – an ally of the US – of “torture (including beatings, electrocution, constrained suspension and imprisonment in a metal cell (‘the cage’) in the sun)”.
UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said the Saudi-led coalition forces will remain in Yemen even after a political solution has been found to the civil war in order to protect the new Yemeni state.
Speaking to America’s Defence One site, the minister said: “Any Yemeni state that will emerge will in the beginning be a weak state, and will be harassed if we do not address terrorism.”
“I think this is a golden opportunity for us to decimate Al-Qaeda. We have huge success in various areas against Al-Qaeda,” he added.
The minister’s comments came after his country sparked a crisis over its attempts to occupy the Yemeni island of Socotra before withdrawing under pressure from the legitimate government and the international community.
Human Rights Watch found that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and its allies detained and tortured hundreds of people.
Therefore, have US troops broken the law by torturing suspects during interrogation?