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"Amnesty details ‘horrific’ abuses in Yemen" Gulf News
In its 16 month rule, Al Qaida beheaded, crucified in “human rights catastrophe”
Sanaa: Al Qaida committed “horrific” rights abuses during its 16 months in power in southern Yemen, Amnesty International charged in a report released Tuesday, documenting the beheading of an alleged sorcerer, crucifixion of a man accused of spying and amputation of a man’s hand for stealing.
The rights abuses between February 2011 and June 2012, when Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) affiliate Ansar Al Shariah took over parts of southern Yemen, resulted in “a human rights catastrophe,” according to the London-based rights group.
The report also accuses Yemen’s government of abuses.
“We believe that horrific human rights abuses took place and violations of international humanitarian law by both sides,” according to author of the report, Celina Nasser.Al Qaida’s takeover of large swaths of territory in southern Yemen was the first time the group has governed entire towns and cities.
The 57-page report, titled “Conflict in Yemen: Abyan’s Darkest Hour,” documents some of the violations during the conflict between Yemeni government forces and Ansar Al Shariah. It also sheds light on how Al Qaida militants ran government affairs.
Al Qaida militants seized Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province on the Arabian Sea coast, while Yemen was mired in the turmoil of a popular uprising against then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The militants also took control of several nearby towns. Saleh, once a US ally, stepped down in February under a Gulf-mediated, US-backed deal.
Al Qaida set up committees to rule southern Yemen. Their rulings and punishments were documented in videos released by Al Qaida in Yemen’s media arm. Amnesty compiled some in a nearly 10-minute video released with the report.
The video shows a man in front of a crowd holding the severed head of a woman accused of sorcery. Other scenes show amputation of a man’s left hand in a public square in the town of Jaar in southern Yemen. He was accused of stealing electronic wires. Without a trial or prior knowledge of the punishment, he wakes up to find his hand was cut off.
“They gave me an injection, and I slept, when I woke up, my hand was not there,” the man told Amnesty.
Another scene shows the bloated body of a man who was killed and crucified in a public square.
Stores were forcibly closed during the five daily Muslim prayers. A woman tells Amnesty that an Ansar Al Shariah militant banned men from entering her store.
“I would keep the door open, so he hung a curtain to make sure that no one could see me,” she said.
The group also forced women to not only cover their faces, as is tradition in Yemen, but also to cover their eyes.
In May, the group destroyed tombs and shrines that they regarded as idolatrous in three villages in the governorate of Abyan.