19 of 31 Abducted Shia Hazaras freed in Afghan Prisoner Swap


19 of 31 abducted Shia Hazaras Released in Aghan Prisoner SwapJNN 12 May 2015 GHAZNI: Nineteen of 31 Shia Muslim men abducted in Afghanistan in February were released Monday in exchange for scores of Uzbek militant fighters held in government prisons, officials said. Continue reading

Yemen Releases Hundreds of Huthi Shi’as


JNN 01 Jan 2011 : Yemen began to release hundreds of northern Huthi Shi’a prisoners on Thursday following Qatari mediation, the Shia and security officials said.

“The authorities on Thursday began releasing the (Zaidi) prisoners,” said a source close to the group, indicating that the decision would affect about 1,000 detainees.

A security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the release and added that “President Ali Abdullah Saleh ordered for 400 prisoners to be released in the first stage.”

Witnesses in Saada, the northern Shia stronghold, reported that about 150 prisoners had already arrived in the town.

The members from the Zaidi Shia group, also known as Huthis, have been engaged in sporadic fighting with government forces since 2004.

The prisoner release comes just days after a Qatari delegation arrived in Yemen in a bid to consolidate a fragile peace deal reached in February between the Sanaa government and the Huthis.

The truce has largely held, although a car bomb stuck a religious procession in a Shiite bastion in the northern province of Al-Jawf province on November 24, killing 15 people.

Yemen Releases Hundreds of Huthi Shi'as


JNN 01 Jan 2011 : Yemen began to release hundreds of northern Huthi Shi’a prisoners on Thursday following Qatari mediation, the Shia and security officials said.

“The authorities on Thursday began releasing the (Zaidi) prisoners,” said a source close to the group, indicating that the decision would affect about 1,000 detainees.

A security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the release and added that “President Ali Abdullah Saleh ordered for 400 prisoners to be released in the first stage.”

Witnesses in Saada, the northern Shia stronghold, reported that about 150 prisoners had already arrived in the town.

The members from the Zaidi Shia group, also known as Huthis, have been engaged in sporadic fighting with government forces since 2004.

The prisoner release comes just days after a Qatari delegation arrived in Yemen in a bid to consolidate a fragile peace deal reached in February between the Sanaa government and the Huthis.

The truce has largely held, although a car bomb stuck a religious procession in a Shiite bastion in the northern province of Al-Jawf province on November 24, killing 15 people.

‘Firm sold Israel torture instruments’


 

JNN 28 Nov 2010 : A Danish-British security company has sold torture instruments to the Israeli prisons, holding Palestinians inmates, a Danish newspaper has written.

The firm, named G4s, sells the devices to the detention facilities in the occupied West Bank, which provide the necessary means for torture of the Palestinian prisoners, Berlingske Tidende reported

Merav Amir, from Who Profits?, an Israeli organization which is dedicated to expose those who stand to benefit from the occupation, said it knew that the firm did not directly engage itself in torture, has created the circumstances required for the abuse.

There are around 9,000 Palestinians in Israeli detention. The families have for long been calling on human rights organizations and groups to intervene in order to secure the release of their loved ones, many of whom have been incarcerated without charge, trial and sentence.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees, nearly 200 Palestinian inmates have so far died in Israeli confinement, either due to medical negligence or under torture.

The daily also exposed that the company also cooperates with armed Jewish settlers in Israel and sells tools and devices to the Israeli checkpoints.

The revelation came despite the human rights organizations’ insistence that the checkpoints — which dot the occupied lands — breach the Palestinians freedom of movement. It also defied the firm’s 2002 announcement that it would leave the West Bank in order not to cooperate with armed Israeli guards.

 

'Firm sold Israel torture instruments'


 

JNN 28 Nov 2010 : A Danish-British security company has sold torture instruments to the Israeli prisons, holding Palestinians inmates, a Danish newspaper has written.

The firm, named G4s, sells the devices to the detention facilities in the occupied West Bank, which provide the necessary means for torture of the Palestinian prisoners, Berlingske Tidende reported

Merav Amir, from Who Profits?, an Israeli organization which is dedicated to expose those who stand to benefit from the occupation, said it knew that the firm did not directly engage itself in torture, has created the circumstances required for the abuse.

There are around 9,000 Palestinians in Israeli detention. The families have for long been calling on human rights organizations and groups to intervene in order to secure the release of their loved ones, many of whom have been incarcerated without charge, trial and sentence.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees, nearly 200 Palestinian inmates have so far died in Israeli confinement, either due to medical negligence or under torture.

The daily also exposed that the company also cooperates with armed Jewish settlers in Israel and sells tools and devices to the Israeli checkpoints.

The revelation came despite the human rights organizations’ insistence that the checkpoints — which dot the occupied lands — breach the Palestinians freedom of movement. It also defied the firm’s 2002 announcement that it would leave the West Bank in order not to cooperate with armed Israeli guards.