UN rights office condemns Yemen killings

18th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

The UN rights office condemned Tuesday the killing of peaceful protestors in Yemen's Saana and Taez by security forces who they accused of using indiscriminate force.

"We condemn in the strongest terms the reported killing of a number of largely peaceful protestors in Sanaa and Taez as a result of the indiscriminate use of force by Yemeni security forces since Saturday," said Rupert Colville, spokesman 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," he added.

Calling for a halt to violence, Colville said an international, independent and transparent investigation has to be carried out so as to prosecute those responsible for the killings.

Yemen troops opened fire on protestors over the weekend, killing dozens.

The violence continued through the week, with two demonstrators shot dead Tuesday in Sanaa protests.

© 2011 AFP

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