facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Group details abuses in southern Yemen

Dec. 4, 2012 at 8:43 AM   |   Comments

LONDON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Public killings, crucifixions and floggings were among the abuses that took place in southern Yemen during 2011 and 2012, a human rights group said.

Amnesty International released a report Tuesday detailing "a raft of gross and deeply disturbing" incidents that occurred in the governate of Abyan after al-Qaida affiliate Ansar al-Sharia took over the region.

During Ansar al-Sharia's rule, "religious courts" imposed cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments that included summary killings, amputations and floggings, Amnesty International said.

One young man suspected of theft had his hand amputated and the hand was suspended by a rope in the town's market for all to see, the group said.

"Abyan experienced a human rights catastrophe as Ansar al-Sharia and government forces vied for control of the region during 2011 and the first half of 2012," said Philip Luther, Amnesty International's director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Yemen's army finally drove Ansar al-Sharia out of Abyan in June.

The London-based organization has called for an "impartial, thorough and independent" investigation saying those responsible must be held to account.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Texas man on trial for 'public execution' of drunk driver
2
Northrop Grumman developing reusable space plane for lifting spacecraft into orbit
3
Construction on Russian gas line to China slated for September
4
American photojournalist James Wright Foley executed by Islamic State
5
Britain pardons World War II code-breaker castrated for homosexuality
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback