Prisoners’ Affairs Committee proposes international cooperation for prisoner exchanges


Al-Thawra Net

The head of the National Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs, Abdul Qader al-Murtada, has commented on the accusations of war against Yemen made by Saudi-led coalition forces, claiming the National Salvation government and Ansarullah to tortures prisoners.

“The forces of aggression and their mercenaries are practicing all violations against prisoners and detainees in their jails, denying the existence of many of them, and then accusing us of this,” al-Murtada said on Friday night

“We propose the formation of a committee of Yemeni authorities, social figures, the International Committee of the Red Cross and United Nations human rights organizations based in Yemen,” he added.

In detailing the task of this proposed committee, Murtada said: “The committee will visit all the prisons of the two parties, see the situation of prisoners and detainees, and publish the results of their visit to public opinion.”

“Do the forces of aggression and their mercenaries have the audacity to agree to this proposal in order to prove to everyone that what we are saying about them is untrue?” al- Murtada asked.

The coalition and its forces ‘ accusations came after Abdul Qader al-Murtada has said on Wednesday that the exiled Hadi’s government should have the biggest initiative in regards to prisoner exchange, on the occasion of the upcoming holy month of Ramadan.

“The Committee is ready to conduct an exchange of prisoners with the other party, under which 1,000 prisoners will be released from the two sides at a minimum,” he added.

“The prisoners’ file is humane and does not tolerate partial disagreements and differences. Thousands of prisoners and detainees suffer in their prisons and thousands of families are waiting for their children to return,” he said.

“The implementation of the prisoner exchange requires a strong will and a sense of responsibility towards the suffering of all prisoners. Any exchange will not represent a loss to anyone, instead, it will represent a positive step in order to build confidence and demonstrate good intentions,” al- Murtada concluded.