Yemen accepts UN mission on violence: UN rights office

AFP , Friday 13 May 2011

The UN human rights office said Friday that Yemen has granted permission for a mission to examine violence during anti-regime protests in the country.

"We have been seeking access to Yemen," said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

"Yesterday we received confirmation from the permanent mission (embassy) in Geneva that we can do a mission to Yemen," he told journalists.
"They suggested we visit at the end of June; we would like to go rather earlier than that, and we stand ready to deploy as soon as we can."

Witnesses in Yemen said Friday that security forces had massed in the capital Sanaa ahead of rival demonstrations for and against the regime of embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The UN human rights chief, Navi Pillay, has expressed alarm at what was described as the disproportionate use of force by Yemen authorities against protesters.

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