UN chief concerned about violence against civilians in Yemen

08:12, June 01, 2011      

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UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon on Tuesday expressed his "grave concern" about reports of excessive use of force by security forces against anti-government protesters in Yemen, which has reportedly led to dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries.

Ban, in a statement issued here by his spokesman, urged the Yemeni government and tribesmen engaged in violent confrontations in the Yemeni capital Sana'a to "return to an immediate ceasefire allowing negotiations to take place."

The secretary-general believes that all Yemenis should work toward defusing tensions and come together in a spirit of national unity for the sake of peace and stability in Yemen, the statement said.

At least 100 individuals are believed to have been arrested over the weekend in the Yemeni city of Taiz, while dozens of others are unaccounted for. UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has urged the government to investigate cases of disappearances, ill treatment, torture and killings, and to bring perpetrators to justice.

Source: Xinhua
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