Warring parties agree on largest prisoner release in Yemen

Source: Xinhua Published: 2020/9/28 12:53:25

Prisoners wait to be released at a prison in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sept. 30, 2019. Yemen's Houthi group released on Monday 290 prisoners, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement. (Photo by Mohammed Mohammed/Xinhua)

Delegates representing the government of Yemen and Ansar Allah (Houthi group) announced on Sunday that they have agreed to immediately release a first group of 1,081 conflict-related detainees and prisoners, the largest prisoner release in the country's history.

The information office of the UN at Geneva said Sunday that this announcement came at the conclusion of the week-long fourth meeting of the Supervisory Committee on the Implementation of the Prisoners' Exchange Agreement.

The Supervisory Committee on the Implementation of the Prisoners' Exchange Agreement brings together delegations from the parties to the conflict, as well as representatives from the Arab Coalition.

The committee is co-chaired by the Office of the UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

According to the information office, the parties also renewed their commitment, as per their agreement in Stockholm in 2018, to release all prisoners, detainees, missing persons, arbitrarily detained and forcibly disappeared persons, and those under house arrest.

They also agreed to convene a subsequent meeting of the Supervisory Committee with the aim of implementing the remainder of the outcomes of the Amman meeting held in February.

The parties further committed to making efforts to add new numbers for the purpose of releasing all prisoners and detainees including the four mentioned and covered by the UN Security Council's resolutions in accordance with the Stockholm Agreement and through working with the Supervisory Committee.

"Today is an important day for over a thousand families who can expect to welcome back their loved ones hopefully very soon," said the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths.

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