Saudi-led coalition fails to carry out prisoner exchange agreement

SANA’A – A member of the national delegation, head of the National Committee for Prisoners Affairs, Abdel-Qader al-Murtada, has confirmed that the Saudi-led coalition overturned the prisoner exchange agreement signed at the end of last year and refused to implement the executive mechanisms of the Convention.

Al-Murtada said in statements to the media that the countries of coalition are trying to circumvent the prisoners’ agreement by delaying the handover that is required by the statements of the Joint Commission.

He added: “The meeting of the joint committee was scheduled to be held on next Tuesday in the Jordanian capital Amman and was postponed after the Coalition refused to implement its commitments regarding the delivery of data and statements required.”

Al-Murtada explained that the UN envoy, Martin Griffith, and his deputy have left the Yemeni capital of Sana’a and are going to Riyadh, in order to meet with the leaders of the coalition in order to put pressure on them to implement its clear commitments.

Al-Murtada stressed that the denial of coalition’s countries that there are hundreds of prisoners is not feasible, stating that the Commission has full evidence of their presence in the prisons of the Saudi regime, which is held fully responsible for their lives and health.

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