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Hunger strike inside parliament.

SANA'A, April 14 -- The parliamentarian, Ahmad Saif Hashed, chairman of the Change Organization for Defending Human Rights, went on a hunger strike inside the parliament for 24 hours, from 10 am Tuesday till Wednesday 10 am, April 14.

He undertook this strike to restore his parliamentary rights of which he was denied by the speaker of the parliament.

According to Hashed, the speaker of the parliament refused two requests presented by him on Monday, one of which is interrogating the deputy -prime minister for Security and Defense affairs, Rashad Al-Alimi and the Minister of Interior, Muttahar Rashad Al-Masri.

The second request was to allow him to visit the nine prisoners who are imprisoned for five years without a trial in political security prisons.

Being a member of the Public Freedom Committee, Hashed felt injustice when his request was disapproved by the speaker.

"You do not have the right to interrogate them," the speaker replied to Hashed.

The guards of the parliament refused to give him his laptop in the evening inside the parliament. They said that the speaker instructed them not to allow anyone to give him anything while he is protesting inside.

Journalists said that they were not allowed to meet the striking parliamentarian on Tuesday.

"I decided this day to protest and go on a strike as in the last session of the parliament my two requests were neglected. This means that my right to visit prisons and interrogate ministers is confiscated. This violates the article no79 of the Yemeni law and articles no 145, 155 and 156 of the parliament." Hashed said.

Hashed demanded to interrogate the two ministers as they are responsible to arrest the killers of three people killed in Al-Habelain, Lahj governorate on 9th July 2009. Hashed is the representative of Lahj in the parliament.

Earlier, he presented a letter to the speaker of the parliament, approved by 43 members of the parliament, to question the two ministers about their arresting the criminals. The parliament did not summon the ministers to interrogate them.

On 12th July, the parliament gave the two ministers 48 hours to arrest the criminals or else they will be given a vote of no confidence, but the parliament did not impose anything against them regarding the case.

Many human rights activists organized a protest in front of the Parliament to support Hashed.

Relatively the parliament in the Wednesday session threatened to withdraw the vote of confidence from the state after the two ministers Al-Alimi and Al-Masri have been procrastinating for a long time in presenting their reports on the security status in southern governorates.

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Date:Apr 19, 2010
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