Stranded Abroad: Americans Stripped of Their Passports in Yemen

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A national coalition of 10 civil rights groups are calling on the U.S. Department of State’s Inspector General (OIG) to open an independent investigation into a series of coercive interrogations at the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen that led the Embassy to take U.S. passports away from dozens of American citizens who were then stranded in Yemen for months.

The coalition’s demand is based on a report published today by Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (ALC) and the CLEAR project (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility) of Main Street Legal Services at CUNY School of Law, documenting a pattern of misconduct at the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a. The report alleges that the Department and Embassy “engaged in mismanagement and abuse” and “did not follow the law.”

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