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UN urges Yemen not to expel rights official

Yemenis check the rubble of the building of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry which was destroyed during air strikes on the capital, Sanaa, on January 5, 2016UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday condemned Yemen’s decision to expel the leading UN rights official in the country and urged the government to reverse the measure. Yemen’s foreign ministry accused George Abu al-Zulof of lacking impartiality in his assessments of the human rights situation in the country and declared him persona non grata. The decision came just days after the United Nations raised alarm over the use of cluster bombs by the Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s government in its war against the Huthi rebels.

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