Saleh's amnesty criticized.
"Passing this law would be an affront to thousands of victims of Saleh's repressive rule, including the relatives of peaceful protesters shot dead last year," said Sarah Leah Whitson, the group's executive Middle East director. "Yemeni authorities should be locking up those responsible for serious crimes, not rewarding them with a license to kill." U.N. human rights commissioner Navi Pillay has also voiced objections to the draft. However, the United States has defended it, saying the immunity provisions were negotiated as part of the Gulf Cooperation Council deal to get Saleh to leave power. Under the arrangement, Saleh's General People's Congress party (GPC) and the opposition Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) agreed to divide up cabinet posts between them, forming a national unity government to lead the country towards presidential elections in February.
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|Publication:||The Weekly Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)|
|Date:||Jan 13, 2012|
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