Yemen on the “brink of civil war”

child refugee in Yemen

child refugee in Yemen

An escalation of violence in Yemen over the past few days could push the country to the brink of civil war according to the UN Human Rights office.  The number of civilian casualties remains difficult to verify although human rights activist in the country put the figure at over 860 dead, including women and children. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says she was alarmed by the violent crackdown on protesters and the shelling of residential areas by government troops. Rupert Colville is the spokesperson for the High Commissioner.

We are deeply concerned that such violence may be pushing the country to the brink of a civil war. We call on the Government to stop the excessive and disproportionate use of force, to stop targeting activists, human rights defenders and journalists, and to seriously investigate all allegations of crimes committed by security forces.

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A team of  investigators is due to visit Yemen in June at the invitation of the government to asses the human rights situation in the country.

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