Min. lauds Arab coalition backing legitimacy in Yemen

CAIRO, March 15 (KUNA) — Yemeni Minister of Human Rights, Ezzedine Al-Asbahi has commended the Arab League and the Saudi-led Arab coalition for their support to legitimacy in his country.
Al-Asbahi urged more attention to be paid to the rights issue in Yemen, calling the fellow Arab states to carry on with their humanitarian support to the country.
The minister made his call at an event organized by the Arab Commission for Human Rights under “Human Dignity for All” on the occasion of the Arab Human Rights Day.
What is going on in Yemen is not a political row, but “a full military coup” by the Houthi and pro-former President Ali Abdullah Saleh militias which managed to seize power by September 2014, he said.
The minister stressed that the military intervention in Yemen came in response to an official demand by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
According to Al-Asbahi, the Houthi and the Saleh militias are using schools and hospitals as stores for weapons, in addition to abducting or killing senior officials.
These human rights violation are “systematic,” he said, pointing to 1,472 cases of forced disappearance of political activists, and the killing of up to 8,000 people by the militias’ random shooting. (end) mfm.aff.msa