Refugees in Yemen face harm and exploitation, says UNHCR

'Mary arrested, detained, abused and forcibly returned'

17 April, 18:13

    GENEVA - The UN Refugee Agency on Tuesday renewed its concern about the situation for newly-arrived refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Yemen. Many are arrested, detained, abused, and then pushed out to sea or forcibly returned by the very same smugglers who brought them to Yemen, the UNHCR said. Spokesperson William Spindler referred to growing accounts of extortion, trafficking and deportation, abuse inside detention facilities and physical and sexual violence.
    "Survivors have described being shot at, regular beatings, rapes of adults and children, humiliations including forced nudity, being forced to witness summary executions, and denial of food," he said. Since February this year, UNHCR has been working on the situation of some 100 new arrivals to Yemen who have been arrested and kept in detention. "UNHCR is extremely concerned by a further worsening of the situation for newly-arrived refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Yemen. Unabated conflict, deteriorating economic conditions and now increasing criminality are exposing people to harm and exploitation," Spindler said. 

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