Yemeni authorities warned against violent repression of peaceful protests

Authorities in Yemen have been warned by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, against the violent repression of planned mass protests.

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Ms. Pillay is calling on the government in Yemen to protect the rights of demonstrators and journalists under international law.

Protesters are planning to stage what they are calling a “Day of Anger”.

Rupert Colville, is the spokesman in the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner, in Geneva.

“We are concerned that there could be violent repression against planned mass peaceful protests today and the High Commissioner is reminding the authorities in Yemen that people responsible for public security must understand their actions are governed by international law and they can be held personally responsible for breaches.”

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