Behind Bars, Life is Extremely Brutal and Cruel

Behind Bars, Life is Extremely Brutal and Cruel
Wafa Al-Qadasi
Female Human Rights Activist

Behind bars, the value of days is lost and everyone is begging for time to pass quickly. She says, “This was not the first time that the miserable face of life darkened, but rather many times, and each time the roughness of misery increased due to the number of unjust violations that pass by us. Moreover, that misery has penetrated our veins, as nothing of contentment has hinted in it any longer, and everything has become out of place.
In women's prisons, conspirators emerged, and immoral behaviors and practices prevailed.
The female prisoners are on the verge of falling, and life is still determined to ravage them to make it difficult for them to return.
Many scars and bumps and many imbalances and pitfalls roaring in the face of these female prisoners.

They were not subjected to a slap or a whip on a thin body weakened by the sting of a needle, but rather they were subjected to the most horrific types of violations. A number of reports of the Human Rights Organization published that a number of female prisoners and kidnapped women were subjected to grave and non-serious violations in women's prisons, especially in prisons controlled by Ansar Allah [Houthis]. Such violations have been monitored.
Women in prisons were subjected to physical torture, signing false confessions, cruel treatment, exploitation, and rape.
Not only that, there are more rights being taken away and violated, especially during this crisis of Covid-19 which the world is going through, as well as what our country is going through.
There are a number of legal breaches throughout interrogation periods of female prisoners. They are detained without trial and receive negligence in applying the sentences issued against them or grant them their rights. A judgment is ruled to acquit female prisoner or the sentence ends but the female prisoner remains in prison. Such prolonged unjustified detention of female prisoners creates feeling for revenge from the society and the state due to the negligence of law enforcement or the absence of policies and programs for their rehabilitation into private institutions for their reintegration into society.

Female prisoners are deprived of free legal and other protection means. Further, the female prisoners are deprived of simple human rights, such as the health care that they required behind bars, and the lack of social and psychological workers to rehabilitate them in society. The General Authority for Prisons had to pay attention to the educational and professional aspect inside the prison, which would make the female prisoner acquire a number of skills and knowledge that would qualify her to take care of herself and her thoughts in order to emerge into society as a mature person.

The deteriorating situation of Yemeni female prisoners is part of the situation of Yemeni women in general, who suffers from illiteracy, poverty, limited living conditions, and society's view of women who are accused in any case that her family and even society are guilty of before the court ruling is issued on her case. The family rarely assigns a lawyer to defend her. Many families expel the imprisoned woman and consider her a perpetual criminal.

Finally, your mission, jailer, is not to deny rights, but to defend them and apply justice, and to show the truth and return these female prisoners to their homes without loss, oppression, or violations.