An international rights group is calling for an investigation into alleged disappearances, torture and likely deaths in prisons and "network of secret detention facilities" run by the United Arab Emirates and allied militias in southern Yemen.
Amnesty International said in a report on Thursday that it has documented "systemic enforced disappearance and torture and other ill-treatment, amounting to war crimes" in the facilities. The report said "some (detainees are) feared to have died in custody".
Based on more than 70 interviews, the authors said "cruel and unlawful" practices were being committed in those prisons.
Amnesty called on the UAE government to immediately stop the torture, and to release detainees.
In the meantime, it said the US should suspend intelligence gathering cooperation with the UAE, and stop supplying it with weapons.
Amnesty said that the 51 cases of enforced disappearance took place between March 2016 and May 2018.
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