Days, months, and years have passed while our sons are still forcibly disappeared. We have no clue of their conditions and our fears for their lives have doubled with the spread of COVID-19. Another group of our sons have spent three years and a half unlawfully detained at Be’er Ahmed Prison due to the constant prolonging of legal processes, which, in turn, leads to the extension of detention periods.
We were optimistic with the capability of the new coalition government to end the suffering of mothers and their abducted and forcibly disappeared sons as its formation followed coalition efforts to form a committee to look up the case of forcibly disappeared persons. The committee, itself, announced finding out the fate of several forcibly disappeared abductees. However, after all the optimism and hope, our efforts were met with a wall of silence from the government which increased our agony and fear as only God knows how we feel with the absence of our abducted sons.
We, at Abductees’ Mothers Association in Aden, hold all competent authorities, mainly the ones carrying out the arrests and disappearances, responsible for the lives and safety of abductees and forcibly disappeared persons. We reiterate our demands, in conjunction with news of another Riyadh agreement talks regarding the security situation, to uncover the fate of our forcibly disappeared sons and grant all abductees their human and legal rights, and to include these demands in the main agenda of the government.
We, also, call upon human rights organizations to continue stepping up the pressure and efforts to save abductees and forcibly disappeared persons until they are all free. Our beloved sons deserve to have a proper life and freedom.
Issued by Abductees’ Mothers Association, Aden. June 8th, 2021.