Hundreds killed in Yemen anti-government protests

Over 100 people have been killed in Yemen over the past two months amid growing anti-government protests, according to the United Nations.

Protestors in Yemen

Protestors in Yemen

On Monday, at least 15 people were killed and many wounded when Yemeni security forces fired on anti-government protesters in Taiz located south of the capital Sanaa.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, says the large number of casualties was an indication that government security forces were using excessive force against the demonstrators.

Rupert Colville, from the UN Human rights office, says the use of force to disperse the demonstrators was unacceptable.

“We call on the government to immediately cease the use of force against people exercising their rights of peaceful protest, and we call on the government to fulfill its earlier commitment to establish a commission of inquiry into allegations of killings and abuse by government forces. These include the incidence of March 18,  where more than 45 people were reportedly killed in Sanaa, as well as yesterday’s violent suppression of protests in Taiz.”

The High Commissioner is calling on the authorities in Yemen to bring to an end the harassment, detention and expulsion of human rights defenders, journalists and minority groups.

Ms Pillay is also urging the government to heed the call for reforms, and enter into meaningful dialogue with the opposition in order to end the violence.

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