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Yemen Human Rights Minister takes outrage over drones to the media

In an opinion piece published on Tuesday in the Washington Post, Human Rights Minister Hooriah Mashour expressed her opposition of US-led drone attacks in Yemen by denouncing the ruins they leave in their trail.
An activist at heart and a fierce advocate for human dignity and Yemen’ s national sovereignty, Minister Mashour has long denounced Washington anti-terror policy in Yemen, having warned in many instances that drones would only generate more hatred and trauma than they are worth. In line with security experts and analysts, Minister Mashour would rather see the government implement a strategy which seeks to uproot Islamic radicalism at its base, through educational program and awareness campaigns than bomb civilian communities on the off chance that militants might happen to be present.
After December 12th astronomical miss, Minister Mashour chose to speak out on behalf of the Yemen, hoping that on some level, the greater public will stop associating Yemenis with terrorism and emphasize instead with its people’s tragic losses.
Weeks after a US drone mistaken a wedding convoy for al-Qaeda militants, Yemen’s outrage still echoes across all provinces. Keen to highlight the sheer magnitude of Washington’s miss, the minister wrote, “December 12 was supposed to be a day of celebration for the al-Ameri family. A young bride traveled to her wedding with her relatives in Bayda province, Yemen. But in a few dark seconds their celebrations were eviscerated.”
She added, “The strike is said to have killed at least 14 civilians and injured 22 others, over a third of them seriously. This marks the largest death toll by a drone strike in Yemen since the drone war’s inception. It is also the largest death toll by U.S. strike since December 2009, when a U.S. cruise missile killed 41 civilians in al-Majala, including 14 women and 21 children.”
A voice among many, Minister Mashour’s message is simple: drones as per noted by Jeremy Scahill and most recently by Nabeel Khoury, former U.S. deputy chief of mission to Yemen, drones only serve al-Qaeda.

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When U.S. drones kill civilians, Yemen’s government tries to conceal it

When U.S. drones kill civilians, Yemen’s government tries to conceal it | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Their bodies were burning,” recalled Sultan Ahmed Mohammed, 27, who was riding on the hood of the truck and flew headfirst into a sandy expanse. “How could this happen? None of us were al-Qaeda.”

More than three months later, the incident offers a window into the Yemeni government’s efforts to conceal Washington’s mistakes and the unintended consequences of civilian deaths in American air assaults. In this case, the deaths have bolstered the popularity of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terrorist network’s Yemen affiliate, which has tried to stage attacks on U.S. soil several times. ....

Since the attack, militants in the tribal areas surrounding Radda have gained more recruits and supporters in their war against the Yemeni government and its key backer, the United States. The two survivors and relatives of six victims, interviewed separately and speaking to a Western journalist about the incident for the first time, expressed willingness to support or even fight alongside AQAP, as the al-Qaeda group is known. ....

On extremist Web sites and Facebook pages, grisly pictures of the attack’s aftermath, with bodies tossed like rag dolls on the road, have been posted, coupled with condemnations of the government and the United States. In Sabool and Radda, youths have vowed to join al-Qaeda to fight the United States.

“The drone war is failing,” Berman said. “If the Americans kill 10, al-Qaeda will recruit 100.” ...

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Yemen’s Revolution Jails it’s Youth · Global Voices

Yemen’s Revolution Jails it’s Youth · Global Voices | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In December 2011, 22 youth were abducted during the uprising against ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh and the hostilities of Yemen's security forces against the peaceful protesters demanding change. Their whereabouts were unknown for eight months. In August 2012, they resurfaced in the Political Security Organization prison in the capital Sanaa and were later transferred to Sanaa Central Prison. The youth went on a hunger strike on May 24 to pressure the government to release them, after being detained for almost two years without charge....

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Yemen looks to future without Saleh

Yemen looks to future without Saleh | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In Yemen people will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect their new president, but there is only one candidate.

 

[I did not know that Yemen was one of the poorest nations in the World.....]

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