The Fishery Cooperative Union, a non-governmental syndicate made up of Yemeni fisherman, said on Sunday that Eritrean forces have now detained over 200 Yemeni fishermen and confiscated over 850 boats since 2006.
One Yemeni fisherman was allegedly shot by Eritrean marine forces, according to the Fishery Wealth Ministry.
Ata, the head of San’d Organization—another organization which works
with the country’s fisheries—told the Yemen Times that fishermen undergo
humiliating treatment once captured.
“They are forced to do
hard labor in construction projects,” Ata said. “They are inhumanely
treated. They don’t get enough food, water, medicine or sleep.”
Eritrean authorities have detained Yemeni fishermen in many camps on
different islands, like Fatima and Dahlk islands,” Ata said.
On Saturday, this issue was raised during a session of the Yemeni Parliament.
Al-Raei, the head of Parliament, was tasked with speaking with
President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi in order to reach some sort of
Given that Yemen has a 2,500 kilometer shoreline, the
fishing industry is important for this country, supporting around
400,000 Yemenis and their families.
Al-Jaefi, the head of the African Department at the Yemeni Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, said the Eritrean government has only detained
fisherman who have been fishing outside of national boundaries.
Sunbul, the deputy minister of the Fishery Wealth Ministry, said the
ministry formed a committee to address the dire situation of the
captured Yemeni fishermen.
The ministry released a statement last Sunday expressing its concern for the inhumane treatment of Yemeni fishermen.
statement called on the Eritrean government to launch an investigation
into the incidents and release the Yemeni detainees immediately.