About 117 Yemeni young people are still held in connection with the popular uprising inside state security prisons, human rights minister said on Monday.
The detainees are held inside the prisons of the national security and intelligence systems according to reports of lawyers and rights activists, Houria Mashour said at the meeting of human rights ministry's special technical committee.
When the popular uprising erupted in early 2011, the former regime cracked down on the mass protests and arrested many demonstrators including activists. Some of them have been released and others were reported to have been abused inside jails.
President Abdrabu Mansour Hadi has recently ordered to release all those who had been arrested in connection with the uprising and rights agencies have called for investigations into the arrests and all human rights violations in 2011.
The youth-led protesters have staged many demonstrations and sit-ins to demand the release of the detainees.
At the meeting, Mashour called for cooperation with the committee which will be formed by the UN human rights commissioner to investigate human rights violations during 2011.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will open an office in Yemen in the near future to monitor the situation and prevent more human rights violations, Mashour added.
"We are conservative over all materials which conflict with our religion and affirm our adherence to the Islamic rules," she said.
"Like we respect the articles in the Paris Declaration of Human Rights, the international community should respect the Islamic teachings and accept what we recommend in this context," she continued.