Amnesty International today condemned the actions of Yemen’s security forces after they beat protesters with sticks and reportedly shocked them with electric batons amid ongoing demonstrations inspired by protest movements in Tunisia and Egypt.
Human rights activist and lawyer Khaled al-Ansi told Amnesty International security forces attacked him with electric shock batons during yesterday’s demonstration in Sana’a and he heard other protesters screaming “Electricity!” as they were beaten.
Journalist Samia al-Ghabari told Amnesty International she was knocked unconscious after being shoved to the ground by a plain-clothes member of the security forces who had tried to take her away as the demonstration was repressed.
“The Yemeni government cannot win the trust of its people by beating them with sticks or electric batons,” said Philip Luther. “The authorities must guarantee Yemen’s people the right to voice their opinions and protest peacefully without fear of attack as a bare minimum in order to show them that the government is ready for meaningful change.”