HOOD has said it received during the first half of 2012 about 207 complaints of detentions beyond the legal limits and recorded 163 extrajudicial arrests including 93 by the security authorities, mostly in the capital Sanaa, 37 by military units and 77 by powerful people.
In its most recent report on the human rights situation in Yemen, HOOD, the national organization for defending rights and freedoms, said the House of Representatives should reconsider the national effective laws to ensure sufficient guarantees to limit extrajudicial arrests, enforced disappearances and torturing.
According to the complaints and reports the organization received during the first half of this year, one hundred complaints were about assaults against people by governmental authorities and powerful people. Injuries were as a result of shots, stabs or throwing stones during the assaults, it said.
The complaint department at the organization recorded about 10 enforced disappearances in which the security authorities were involved and registered 60 cases of missing victims including one foreigner while he was processing work papers.
Furthermore, the complaints department received reports of enforced disappearances of revolutionary young people during 2011, it said, urging the Yemeni government to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICCPED).
The report included four torture cases, calling on the civil society organizations to pressure the government to conduct transparent investigations into enforced arrests and disappearances to prosecute those involved.
HOOD also urged the government to enact the penal laws to punish those who commit human rights and dignity violations.
It argued the security systems and other authorities exercise freedom detention and arbitrary arrests exploiting the poor awareness of the public and the absence of the role of judiciary.
The victims were not only civilians but also soldiers, since the military and security units run by relatives and loyalists of the former president detained troops who joined the public during protests, it added.
In some provinces such as Hajjah and Mahweet, HOOD said, the police and the authorities treated innocent prisoners as hostages and there were not the minimum conditions required by the international conventions on how prisoners must be treated.
Though most prisoners were arrested arbitrarily, they were abused through maltreating them and depriving them from necessary needs such as water, meals, medications and lawyers, it explained.