July 29, 2005

Petition for a sick kid in Yemeni jail

Criticizing Saleh's regime is like shooting fish in a barrel, but few things irk me more than the targeting of kids. As previously discussed, the kidnapping and imprisonment of kids in Yemen is used both as a punishment against adult relatives and as a tactic of intimidation against reformers and critics.

In today's mailbag from Yemen, we find this petition for Ibrahim al-Saiani, 14 year old boy in prison (without charges since May) in need of medical treatment and near death. The petition asks for a doctor and his release if he is being held only for being a Shiite. It follows an Amnesty International urgent appeal.

Regardless of all the divisions in the world, I think we can agree that this one kid needs a doctor and its cruel to deny him one.
More here. Sign here

Posted by Jane at July 29, 2005 11:40 AM