Yemeni Female Prisoners…Endless Suffering

Yemeni Female Prisoners…Endless Suffering

Olfat Al-Rifai
Human rights activist


While launching the Global campaign for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we find ourselves in a real test, especially when we are observing closely the suffering of female prisoners and detainees.
The situation of these female prisoners who are subjected to abuse and violations of their rights guaranteed by constitution and law indicates the absence of the supervision of the prisons' authorities and their full understanding of the provision of the law which provides for reforming and rehabilitating the prisoners during and after the sentence period. This systematic neglect reflects negatively on the female prisoners' life and social integration of the female ex-prisoners.
Moreover, the civil society organizations play a weak role in monitoring prisons, the absence of studies, and researches on the detention conditions of female prisoners in Yemen amid the war.
Yemen female prisoners who were held for whatever social, political, or intellectual reasons are deprived of the basic life necessities guaranteed by the national and international law. They are also subjected to different types of humiliation and degrading acts under the pretext of applying the instructions and imposing penalties with a complete absence of accountability of prison officials.
"During my work with the Association of Abductees' Mothers, I eye-witnessed the ill-treatment of prison officials."
"I also listened to stories of some female prisoners from one of the Yemeni governorates. I realized that most of them were detained for social grounds, such as family disputes and domestic violence, or economic grounds and poverty, which was on top of them, or political grounds, where many female activists become victims, and their dignity are humiliated."
"One day, I was one of them. I was systematically arrested and questioned inside these prisons. Our dreams and ambitions were lost."
"I hope human rights organizations find successful solutions in the light of the war to address the causes behind committing such violations and put the female prisoners' needs as a priority to eliminate the violence against Yemeni women."