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Alert Update: Yemeni Prisoner Ali Nader Dies at the Hands of Local Police

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Prisoner Ali Amen Nader, who was captured in June 2006 by the Yemeni authorities for being the follower of a Shia group, has been killed.

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Islamic Human Rights Commission
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15 January 2007

Alert Update: Yemeni Prisoner Ali Nader Dies at the Hands of Local Police


1. Background

Ali Amen Nader and Mohamed Ahmed Al-Yaremi were two men who disappeared in Yemen a few months ago.

Ali Amen Nader fled from Yemen fearing religious oppression in March 2002 and applied for political asylum in the Netherlands but was refused asylum.

He later decided to return to Yemen in June 2006 but was arrested at the San'a International Airport for allegedly being a follower of Husain Badr Al Din al Houthi, leader of the Zaidi Shia group 'The Believing Youth.' However, his family has confirmed that he had no connection with this group. He was kept at secret locations for a few months.

Recently it was discovered that Ali Amen Nader was killed by the Yemeni authorities as he tried to escape during interrogation. The authorities handed Mr. Nader's body to his family in November 2006. There were obvious marks of torture on Mr. Nader's body.


2. Action Required

a. Write to the European Commissioner for Human Rights and appeal to them regarding the fact that Ali Amen Nader is amongst so many others who apply for political asylum in European countries yet are refused despite having a credible case, hence having no choice but to return to their countries. Thereafter, they are seized by the authorities and mysteriously go missing. Many, like Ali Amen Nader, are ruthlessly killed.

Mr. Thomas Hammarberg
Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
Council of Europe
F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex

Fax : +33 3 90 21 50 53
commissioner@coe.int

b. Write to the Head of Mission of the Yemeni Embassy, HE Mohamed Taha Mustafa and express your concern regarding Ali Amen Nader's murder.

Embassy of the Republic of Yemen
HE Mr. Mohamed Taha Mustafa
57 Cromwell Road
London
SW7 2ED

Fax: +44 0207 589 3350
Email: info@yemenembassy.org.uk

c. Write to the Minister of Justice for Netherlands, Hirsch Ballin and appeal to him regarding Ali Amen Nader's case.

Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin
Postbus 20301
2500 EH Den Haag

Email: vragen@postbus51.nl

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Sample letters are given below for your convenience


Sample Letter to European Commissioner of Human Rights

[Your Name]
[Your Address]


[Date]

Mr. Thomas Hammarberg
Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
Council of Europe
F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex


Dear Mr. Thomas Hammarberg,

Re: Murder of Yemeni prisoner Ali Amen Nader

I am writing to you to express my deep concern at the murder of Yemeni national Ali Amen Nader at the hands of the Yemeni police.

Ali Amen Nader escaped from Yemen in March 2002 out of fear of oppression and applied for political asylum in Netherlands, but was refused asylum.

He returned to Yemen in June 2006 and was captured by the authorities at Sana International Airport. Thereafter, he mysteriously went missing. It has been recently discovered that he was killed by the police as he tried to escape during an interrogation. His dead body, bearing evident signs of torture, was returned to his family in November 2006.

Ali Amen Nader's case is an evident case of injustice against an innocent citizen. His case is typical of so many others who have been refused asylum in European countries despite having a credible case, hence having no choice but to return to their own countries. Thereafter, they are seized by the authorities and mysteriously go missing. Many like Mr. Nader are ruthlessly killed.

I urge you to consider the cases of political asylum seekers with care and thoroughly research their appeals before declining them.

I urge you to request the Yemeni authorities to investigate Mr. Nader's murder thoroughly and bring his case to justice and to offer prisoners like him a fair trial with full access to independent legal representation. If they are not charged, they must be released without delay.

I look forward to hearing from you soon on this urgent matter,


Yours Sincerely,


[Your Signature]

[Your Name]

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Sample Letter to Minister of Justice for Netherlands

[Your Name]
[Your Address]


[Date]

Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin
Postbus 20301
2500 EH Den Haag

Dear Mr. Hirsch Ballin,

Re: Murder of Yemeni prisoner Ali Amen Nader

I am writing to you to express my deep concern at the murder of Yemeni national Ali Amen Nader at the hands of the Yemeni police.

Ali Amen Nader escaped from Yemen in March 2002 out of fear of oppression and applied for political asylum in Netherlands, but he was refused asylum.

He returned to Yemen in June 2006 and was captured by the authorities at Sana International Airport. Thereafter, he mysteriously went missing. It has been recently discovered that he was killed by the police as he tried to escape during an interrogation. His dead body, bearing evident signs of torture, was returned to his family in November 2006.

Ali Amen Nader's case is an evident case of injustice against an innocent citizen. His case is typical of so many others who have been refused asylum in European countries despite having a credible case, hence having no choice but to return to their own countries. Thereafter, they are seized by the authorities and mysteriously go missing. Many like Mr. Nader are ruthlessly killed.

I urge you to consider the cases of political asylum seekers with care and thoroughly research their appeals before declining them.

I urge you to request the Yemeni authorities to investigate Mr. Nader's murder thoroughly and bring his case to justice and to offer prisoners like him a fair trial with full access to independent legal representation. If they are not found guilty, they must be released without delay.

I look forward to hearing from you soon on this urgent matter,


Yours Sincerely,


[Your Signature]

[Your Name]

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Sample Letter to the Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Yemen in UK

[Your Name]
[Your Address]


[Date]

HE Mr. Mohamed Taha Mustafa
57 Cromwell Road
London
SW7 2ED


Dear Mr. Mustafa,

Re: Murder of Yemeni prisoner Ali Amen Nader

I am writing to you to express my deep concern at the murder of Yemeni national Ali Amen Nader at the hands of the Yemeni police.

Ali Amen Nader was arrested at the San'a International Airport for allegedly being a follower of Husain Badr Al Din al Houthi, leader of the Zaidi Shia group 'The Believing Youth.' However, his family has confirmed that he had no connection with this group. He was kept at secret locations for a few months.

However, it has been recently discovered that he was killed by the police as he tried to escape during an interrogation. His dead body, bearing evident signs of torture, was returned to his family in November 2006.

I am very concerned by this blatant act of injustice against an innocent civilian. I urge you to request the Yemeni authorities to investigate Mr. Nader's murder thoroughly and bring his case to justice and to offer prisoners like him a fair trial with full access to independent legal representation. If they are not charged, they must be released without delay.

I urge you to request the Yemeni authorities to treat these prisoners according to international human rights standards and to offer them a fair trial.

I look forward to hearing from you soon on this urgent matter,


Yours Sincerely,


[Your Signature]

[Your Name]

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