#Yemen: The immunity deal | The Wadi

Silence is a War Crime

Silence is a War Crime

When the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) deal for Yemen was signed in November 2011, Yemenis reacted in a range of ways. Some felt it was a victory, a sign that the crisis was nearing an end. Others objected to the fact that the deal granted members of the old regime an immunity from prosecution for crimes they had committed. Since the signing, state violence against civilians has continued, notably in the city of Taiz, and the community’s attitude to the deal has seemingly hardened (although the regime does have its supporters).

While the GCC deal is still receiving support from two foreign powers that wield significant influence in Yemen and the region – the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – some within the international community share the view held by many Yemenis. Last week the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, pointed out that the immunity arrangement may represent a breach of international law. Human rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have urged the parliament of Yemen to reject a draft immunity law.

Since Yemen’s uprising began almost a year ago, the nonviolent principles and practices of the pro-democracy protest movement (frequently discussed on this blog) has exemplified the very best aspects of the Arab Spring. It would be nice to think that Yemen can once again set an example by holding criminals to account through the international mechanisms that exist for that purpose. However, neither the Saleh regime nor its international backers have a track record of listening to either the Yemeni people or the international community. The struggle for justice may be a long one.

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  1. ~ #Yemen opposition told to leave Sana’a – Yemen’s government has given 48 hours for the armed opposition to quit the capital of Sana’a. This was decided by the Committee for Restoring Security, political and tribal leaders.

    The troops are to return to their permanent locations while tribal soldiers should get back to the areas where they live. The opposition troops also have to leave all government and state institutions which they seized.

    Anti-Saleh protests began in Yemen in February 2011 and are still going on despite the President’s recent resignation.
    Link: http://snup.us/o3I

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