Rights Group Urges Donors to Halt Yemeni Aid

Anti-government protesters in Sanaa, Yemen. Human Rights Watch is urging donors to halt aid to Yemen after clashes on March 12 have resulted to deaths among the ranks of demonstrators. Photo by: Obinna Anyadike/IRIN

Non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch has called on donors to suspend their aid to Yemen following deaths among anti-government demonstrators during clashes with government forces on Saturday (March 12).  

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s government “has once again broken his promise to end attacks on peaceful protesters, and those who supply his government with weapons risk complicity in this bloodshed,” Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. 

“Yemen’s donors in the region and beyond need to make clear that financial and security assistance is contingent on ending these attacks,” he added.

Yemen’s Central Security forces reportedly fired tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition at demonstrators at the entrance to Sanaa University, killing at least two, a doctor and witnesses told Human Rights Watch. 

The government has denied the allegation.

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