UN rights office urged Yemen to halt violence against protesters

On April 5, 2011, the UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) urged the Yemeni government to discontinue using force against peaceful protesters. Although Yemen had promised to establish a commission regarding alleged government abuses during protests connected with the Arab Spring movement, the OHCHR renewed its concern after a reported 45 protesters were killed during a rally in Sana'a, and another 15 were killed during similar demonstrations in Taiz. The Yemeni Parliament had enacted measures to end anti-government protests in March 2011, which gave the government power to arrest and detain protesters. The Yemeni government has been central in many of the larger issues underlying the Arab Spring, including allegedly unfair elections and governmental attempts to consolidate political power.

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