Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Annual Report 2006 - Yemen

Incommunicado detention and release of Mr. Ali Al-Dailami51

On October 9, 2006, Mr. Ali Al-Dailami, executive director of the Yemeni Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights and Democratic Freedoms, was arrested at Sana'a Airport by security forces and placed in detention. Mr. Ali Al-Dailami was travelling to Copenhagen (Denmark) in order to participate in a conference organised by the Danish Institute for Human Rights in cooperation with Yemeni NGOs.

Mr. Ali Al-Dailami was reportedly ill-treated while in detention. He was released without charge on November 5, 2006.

Although no official reason was given for his arrest, he was allegedly told that it was a "lesson" in retaliation for his human rights activities. Security forces also attempted, in vain, to admit that he had links with Al-Qaeda.

[Refworld note: This report as posted on the FIDH website (www.fidh.org) was in pdf format with country chapters run together by region. Footnote numbers have been retained here, so do not necessarily begin at 1.]

51. See Urgent Appeals YEM 001/1006/OBS 130 and 130.1.


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