UN warns Yemen against violent repression

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 8:44 EDT
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GENEVA — The UN human rights chief on Tuesday warned Yemeni authorities against the violent repression of peaceful protests, saying that people have the right to express their grievances.

“People have the legitimate right to express their grievances and demands to their government,” Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement.

“We have seen over and over again in the past few weeks that violent responses, in breach of international law, do not make the protesters go away and only serve to exacerbate their frustration and anger,” she added.

Pillay’s statement came as vast numbers of protesters poured into a square in Yemen’s capital Sanaa for a massive anti-regime rally.

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