Yemen -UN Assessment
A United Nations (UN) Human Rights assessment mission that investigated violence in Yemen earlier this year says hundreds were killed and thousands injured when peaceful protests were met by excessive and disproportionate use of lethal force by the state.
The mission is calling for immediate action to protect civilians and address a deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country.
Mission leader, Hanny Megally of the UN Human Rights Office told journalists in Geneva today (13 September) Yemen was teetering on the brink of civil war.
He said an impartial independent international investigation was needed into allegations of human rights abuses.
Megally said the assessment mission witnessed the deployment of tanks and heard reports of security forces firing on ambulances and ransacking hospitals.
It warned that increasing violence could lead to the radicalization of peaceful protesters and resulting dangers for the region and the international community.
During its visit to Yemen from 28 July to 6 July, the team witnessed the deployment of tanks in Ta’izz and shelling of the city at night, as well as signs of collective punishment, causing severe hardship to the civilian population, including disruption of access to electricity, fuel and water.
It also received many reports of children having been subjected to the same extreme violence as adults, including killings, injury, suffocation from gas, torture, arbitrary detention, and recruitment by security forces. Children have been seen in uniform patrolling the streets, serving at Government checkpoints and involved in searching protestors.
The team visited Aden, Sana’a and Ta’izz and met with key officials, including the Vice-President, leaders of political parties and members of Parliament as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), lawyers, journalists, doctors, human rights defenders, victims of violations and their relatives.
Year of Production: 2011
Length: 4:30 mins
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- Muhamed Sacirbey (UNTV-UNHRC)
- Susan Sacirbey (UNTV-UNHRC)