Wednesday, June 1, 2011

UN call to halt violence in Yemen

Senior United Nations officials today called on the government of Yemen to halt the violence last Sunday killed 50 people and left hundreds wounded and displaced. Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary general, he said "seriously dismayed by reports of excessive use of force by the government against unarmed protesters in Taiz and the increasing violence in Sana'a and other cities." The UN call came after increased violence in Yemen, amid reports about the arrest of more than 100 protesters in the city of Taiz.

For its part, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay condemned the attacks against unarmed civilians and urged the use of force is immediately suspended. "I call on all parties to renounce the use of force and I remind the Yemeni government in its responsibility to guarantee basic human rights of its citizens," said Pillay.

The UN High Commissioner also called on the Yemeni government to investigate reports of persons missing after the conflict, as well as reported cases of torture and abuse against civilians. "Violence will only generate more uncertainty and alienate the country from a political solution to this crisis," he said Pillay.

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