Yemen could "spiral out of control" if deadlock continues

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Children in Yemen. Photo: IRIN/John James

Warring parties are being urged by the UN to work to break the deadlock in a peaceful manner before the situation spirals out of control.

The remarks were made on Friday by the Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani.

The political dialogue is faltering and the situation on the ground remains critical.

Stephanie Coutrix has the story.

In the last few months, Yemen has been plagued by mass protests followed by unlawful arrests, arbitrary detentions and the targeting of journalists.

The UN human rights agency has been closely monitoring the situation on the ground with great concern and documenting these cases.

Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani says a meaningful dialogue is needed urgently to avoid further instability.

"One protestor had been killed in Ibb the previous week, when special forces under the control of the Houthis reportedly used live ammunition to disperse demonstrations. Thus far, no investigations appeared to have been initiated into such violations and abuses, fuelling a long-standing lack of accountability for violations committed in Yemen in recent years." 

Ms Shamdasani said all sides need to exercise restraint and work toward resolving the matter peacefully.

Secessionist Houthi rebels staged a takeover of the capital Sana'a in recent weeks, forcing the country's legitimate President and members to step down.

The UN Security Council recently called on all parties to renounce violence, accelerate negotiations and continue with the political transition.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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