UN rights body urged to act on Syria, Bahrain, Yemen

April 6, 2011 19:21

GENEVA - Violent repression in Syria, Bahrain and Yemen must be addressed urgently by the United Nations Human Rights Council, a coalition of global advocacy groups said on Wednesday.

"The situation is deteriorating fast as the Bahraini, Syrian and Yemeni authorities use violence to try to stem the wave of popular protests in the Middle East and North Africa," said Julie de Rivero of the New York-based Human Rights Watch.

The 19-member coalition, which also includes Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists, said only quick action by the council could put an end to what they called wide-scale violations of rights by governments and security forces in all three countries.

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