Yemen criticized over violent crackdown of protesters

Human Rights Council

The government of Yemen has  faced a barrage of criticism by members of the UN Human Rights Council, over the violent crackdown of anti-government protests.

Debating a report by the UN Human Rights Office on the situation human rights in Yemen, council members called for an end to attacks on civilians, arbitrary arrests, detention and torture .

UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang said the international community should not remain indifferent to the crisis facing the people of Yemen.

"We call on the government to end attacks against civilians and civilian targets in full compliance with Yemen's obligations under international human rights law, to unconditionally release all persons detained for the peaceful exercise of their freedom of expression and assembly and to refrain from arbitrary arrests, to promptly conduct independent investigations into credible allegations of serious human rights violations committed by the government security forces and to provide reparation to victims and their families."

Kyung-wha Kang urged the council to support the establishment of an international independent investigation to probe human rights violations in Yemen.

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