Yemen: rights office speaks out against killing of protestors

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The UN human rights office has condemned the killing of unarmed protestors by Yemen's security forces on Saturday.

It also reports that hundreds more were wounded in the capital Sana'a and southern city of Taiz.

The people are demanding an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33 year rule.

Rupert Colville is the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

"We are extremely concerned that security forces continue to use excessive force in a climate of complete impunity for crimes resulting in heavy loss of life and injury, despite repeated pledges by the Government to the contrary. We reiterate our call for an international, independent, transparent investigation, for accountability and for justice. Those responsible for the hundreds of killings since the protest movement began in Yemen more than 8 months ago must be prosecuted, regardless of rank or title."

The agency also calls on armed groups to remove weapons from public places and to stop launching armed attacks from densely populated areas.

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Yemen: UN human rights office condemns latest killing of unarmed protesters

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