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Amnesty International Releases Urgent Reports on Yemeni Detainees

Reports released by the human rights organization on Thursday and Friday treated the cases of two alleged juveniles sentenced to death, and the incommunicado detention of a female activist in the Southern Movement.

“Fuad Ahmed Ali Abdulla,” the statement declared, “has been scheduled for execution on 19 December. He was sentenced to death after being convicted of a murder he was alleged to have committed while still under 18.

“Although the court considered that he was over 18 years old at the time of the alleged crime, it is unclear how it determined this. Amnesty International has received information that he was… 16 or 17 years old at the time and around 22 years old now. He is being held in Ta’izz prison.

“In another case, Muhammed Taher Thabet Samoum was alleged to have committed a murder in May 2002. He maintains that he is aged around 24 years old, which would have made him around 15 years old at the time of the offence. He does not have a birth certificate.”

A statement the following day read “Zahra Salih, an activist in the Southern Movement in Yemen, has been held incommunicado since 8 November. She is at risk of being tortured or suffering other ill-treatment. Amnesty International is concerned that she may be held solely for the peaceful expression of her right to freedom of expression and assembly, and therefore may be a prisoner of conscience.”