Yemen: Security at what price?

Index Number: MDE 31/011/2010

In the name of security, the Yemeni authorities are rolling back human rights gains – with terrible consequences for the people of Yemen. Challenged by growing calls for secession in the south, an intermittent conflict with a rebel movement in the north, and the presence of al-Qa’ida in the country, the government has increasingly resorted to repressive and illegal methods. Amnesty International calls on the international community put a different kind of pressure on the Yemeni authorities and other governments involved – pressure based on the understanding that by violating human rights, security is jeopardized, not enhanced.

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