No amnesty for human rights violations in Yemen

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Navi Pillay

Authorities in Yemen are being urged by the United Nations human rights chief not to give amnesty to people who have committed human rights violations.

Scores of people have been killed in the uprising following demands for the resignation of President Abdullah Saleh in the Arabian Peninsula country.

Charles Appel reports.

Navi Pillay says she's been closely following what she described as "the very contentious" debate about an amnesty law due to be presented to the Yemeni Parliament.

She says amnesties are not permissible if they prevent individuals who may be criminally responsible from facing justice.

Ms Pillay also stressed that what she called a victim-centred approach to justice is essential to restore stability to a society emerging from a period of violent conflict.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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