In Yemen’s secret prisons, UAE tortures and US interrogates
Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme — including the “grill,” in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Senior American defense officials acknowledged Wednesday that U.S. forces have been involved in interrogations of detainees in Yemen but denied any participation in or knowledge of human rights abuses. Interrogating detainees who have been abused could violate international law, which prohibits complicity in torture.
Beckerle: U.S. is "involved in the very same detention campaign where we've documented disappearances, torture, abuse" in Yemen pic.twitter.com/mCdMaoU4HR— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) June 22, 2017
Dear @UAEEmbassyUS How does Ambassador Al-Otaiba respond to @AP revealing #UAE torture chambers in #Yemen where prisoners are burned alive? https://t.co/55Z3zECamn— Clayton Swisher (@claytonswisher) June 22, 2017
US subterfuge in secret Yemen prisons--we interrogate, UAE tortures--leaves US fully complicit in these crimes. https://t.co/XHl88ULUEx pic.twitter.com/TJR0mrZTdn— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) June 22, 2017
"We tortured some folks" is not accountability. President Obama's refusal to declassify the torture report left the door open—a dark legacy. https://t.co/dpsvRXcUke— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) June 22, 2017