Yemen government using excessive force on protesters

Yemen-protest

Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands injured in Yemen as the government continues to use force to quell protests, according to the UN.

A report by a UN human rights assessment mission to Yemen says peaceful protests calling for greater freedoms, an end to corruption and respect for rule of law have been met with what it called "excessive and disproportionate use of lethal force".

 The mission is calling for international independent and impartial investigations into allegations of human right abuses.

 Hanny Megally from the UN Human Rights Office lead the mission to Yemen.

 "What we are witnessing when we visited was a bit of a stalemate with the level of violence increasing the fear that you would have radicalization within peaceful protests and the country about to fall into civil war and the dangers of that not just for Yemen but for the region for the neighbouring countries and for the international community. If we are afraid that we are creating safe havens for radicalism or “terrorists” or Al Qaeda which is partly what the state in Yemen has been seeing as a big danger."  (Duration: 39″)

 The report also says that armed groups have infiltrated the peaceful demonstrations and in some cases children were being given arms and deliberately being used in the protests.

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