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UN Rights Commissioner Urges All Parties in Yemen to Reach Peace Agreement

© REUTERS / Denis Balibouse United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein - Sputnik International
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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Hussein urged all parties in Yemen to renounce the use of violence to avoid loss of innocent lives and take concrete steps towards the immediate and effective implementation of the peace and partnership agreement.

The members of the UN Security Council condemned the Wednesday car bomb attack in Sanaa - Sputnik International
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UNITED NATIONS, January 9 (Sputnik) — Amid a mounting toll of civilian deaths in Yemen, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Hussein on Friday called for all parties of the conflict to take steps towards a peace process.

"I urge all parties in Yemen to renounce the use of violence to avoid [the] further loss of innocent lives and take concrete steps towards the immediate and effective implementation of the peace and partnership agreement," Hussein said in a statement.

Dozens of people have been killed in Yemen during the past few weeks in a series of bomb attacks.

The recent bombings include the December 16 suicide attacks in Radaa, in central Yemen, which claimed the lives of more than 20 people, mainly children. On December 31, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) committed a suicide bombing which left over 24 people dead, while on January 4 six people died when Houthi movement members tried to defuse an explosive device near a school in Dhamar, planted by AQAP.

In the most recent attack on January 7, at least 37 people were killed after a car bomb detonated outside a police college in Yemen's capital of Sanaa.

Police investigators look at the wreckage of a car at the scene of a car bomb outside the police college in Sanaa January 7, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights strongly condemned the violence and stated that "perhaps because of the violence engulfing so many other countries, relatively little attention is being paid to the situation in Yemen."

The UN also said on Friday that Yemeni security forces reportedly used "disproportionate force, including firing live ammunition" to disperse demonstrations in late December. There have also been reports of several civilian deaths, including an incident in Al-Sabbar village where security forces allegedly killed three people.

The UN High Commissioner stressed that it is essential for both government and armed groups to stop violating the international human rights and bring perpetrators to justice.

The situation in Yemen has been unstable since anti-government uprisings in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring. Several insurgent groups are active in the country, including AQAP and the opposing Houthis, a Zaidi Shia group that has organized major rallies and seized control in parts of the country.

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