UN to send rights mission to Yemen

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The UN is sending a mission to Yemen on Monday to examine the human rights situation, amid persistent popular protests calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a spokeswoman said Friday.

"We will be deploying a mission to Yemen, an assessment mission to Yemen beginning on Monday. This will be a 10-day mission and a team of three from our office will be going," said Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman at the UN human rights office.

"The mission's goal is basically to assess... as you know information that's coming from Yemen has been really difficult to independently verify... the main goal of the mission is to go and assess the situation," she added.

The team is to meet the authorities, rights activists, members of the opposition as well as victims of violations. It is also planning visits to medical centres and detention centres.

"They will hopefully come back with recommendations for the government," said the spokeswoman.

Yemenis have been protesting for Saleh's ouster since January and crackdowns carried out by his security forces have killed at least 200 people since.

© 2011 AFP

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