Yemen rights minister resigns to protest crackdown

Huda al-Baan said she has resigned in protest after 52 people were killed in an attack on protestors.

Last Updated: Mar 20, 2011, 17:33 PM IST

Sanaa: Yemen`s human rights minister Huda
al-Baan said she has resigned in protest from the government
and ruling party after at least 52 people were killed in a
sniper attack on demonstrators.

Baan said in a statement late yesterday that her
resignation was to protest the "massacre" of demonstrators
demanding the departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who
has been in power since 1978.
The undersecretary at the ministry, Ali Taysir, also
resigned in protest.

Baan became the third Yemeni minister to resign in as
many days.

Minister of tourism Nabil al-Faqih resigned Friday over
the "unjustifiable use of force" against protesters, while the
minister of religious endowments Hamoud al-Hattar resigned
earlier in the week.

The chief of the state news agency has also stepped down,
along with Yemen`s ambassador to Lebanon.

Witnesses said pro-regime "thugs" on Friday rained
bullets from rooftops near a square at Sanaa University, which
for weeks has been the centre of demonstrations calling for
the end of Saleh`s rule.
Medics said at least 52 people were killed and over 120
wounded in the bloodbath.

PTI