Yemen authorities 'willing' to improve: UN rights body chief

30th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

The president of the UN Human Rights Council said Friday that Yemeni authorities had shown willingness to improve the situation on the ground through a resolution condemning violence in Yemen.

The resolution adopted Thursday by consensus by the 47 state members of the council was criticised by NGOs and the European Union as it failed to order a probe into allegations of violations in the country.

Nevertheless, Laura Dupuy Lasserre, the council's president, said that it was significant that it was the Yemeni authorities that had asked the council to examine the situation in their country.

"We know that there are still problems on the ground but it is important that it is the national authority itself that is coming forward to ask for this technical assistance and show that they have the political willingness to progress," said Dupuy Lasserre, who is also Uruguay's ambassador.

"It's going in the right direction," she added.

Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is under international pressure to relinquish power and allow new elections, returned to the country last week, sparking violence in which scores have been killed.

The 69-year-old president has repeatedly refused to sign a power transfer deal brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council under which he would hand over to Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi in return for immunity from prosecution.

© 2011 AFP

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