Arbitrary Detention

Since the outbreak of the conflict, Mwatana for Human Rights has documented thousands of incidents of arbitrary detention by various parties in all Yemeni governorates and has provided legal support to hundreds of detainees. By 'arbitrary detention,' we refer to the act of arresting, detaining, or depriving someone of their liberty by a security or military body in violation of the law, and without complying with international standards that ensure procedural justice. This encompasses various aspects of detention, such as the duration of detention, the place of detention, the safety of arrest and detention procedures, and the detainee's rights to communicate with their lawyer and family, know the reason for their detention and the charges against them, have legal representation, and be subject to the authority of a competent judiciary.