200 held in Yemen 'to placate US'
The US-led “war on terror” has caused a worsening of human rights in Yemen, with the authorities there holding almost 200 people without trial in an effort to placate the Americans, says a report published today. In the months following the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, Yemen embarked upon mass arrests, detentions, and the secret deportation of foreign nationals, Amnesty International reports. In the 1990s, Yemen, a poor, mountainous country with porous borders, became a popular refuge for Islamists, many with Afghan connections. Full Story