The Abductees’ Mothers Association demands the release of those forcibly hidden and making the joy of Ramadan’s arrival a “double joy.”

Our joy will be incomplete without the return of our absentees. With these words, the voices of the mothers rose in their protest stance under the scorching sun, in front of the Al-Ma’ashiq Palace in Aden governorate, this morning, Wednesday March, 6, 2024, demanding the revelation of the fate of their forcibly disappeared sons and their release on the occasion of the blessed month of Ramadan.

The Abductees’ Mothers Association said in their protest statement that “60” people who were taken away are still being held by the security agencies in Aden. Their families and children are missing them during the holy month of Ramadan. Some have been gone for over eight years without any news about them or being able to visit them. This is happening without any regard for their legal, constitutional, or human rights.

The Association also expressed concern in the protest statement about the continued concealment of their sons without any information about their health and lives, and condemned the negligence and delay in revealing their sons and resolving their humanitarian file, which urgently requires attention before it is too late if it has not already passed.

The Association called upon the international community, as well as local and international human rights and media organizations, to apply pressure and take action to end the suffering of the 60 forcibly disappeared individuals. They urged for a comprehensive investigation into the violations against the disappeared, their immediate release, and accountability for those responsible. Additionally, they called for justice for the abductors and compensation for the victims and their families.

The Association emphasized the importance of allowing the mothers to experience the joy of reuniting with their children during Ramadan, after enduring immense loss and suffering. They urged for the unconditional release of their forcibly disappeared loved ones from all detention facilities.