[News] Drone attacks bring Yemeni government to brink of no confidence vote
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Wed Apr 30 11:57:22 EDT 2014
*Drone attacks bring Yemeni government to brink of no confidence vote*
Yemeni parliamentarians are today challenging the legitimacy of
President Hadi's government, following the administration's failure to
stop repeated US drone attacks.
MPs are planning a vote of no confidence if President Hadi's ministers
do not attend parliament to answer questions on the drone program; some
are calling for an immediate dissolution of the government.
The parliament's attack on the Hadi administration follows a
particularly deadly drone strike on Al Bayda on April 19, in which
Reprieve has discovered that four builders were killed on their way to
work, leaving 20 children without fathers. The Yemeni government has
admitted that their killing was a mistake.
The strike violated last December's parliamentary resolution banning the
use of drones on Yemeni territory. Yemeni lawmakers are furious that the
administration has repeatedly failed to enforce the ban, and
that President Hadi's Minister of Defence, Minister of the
Interior and Minister of Oil have refused to attend several
parliamentary meetings on the subject.
*Shawki al-Qadhi, an MP in the Yemeni parliament and a member of the
parliament's Committee on Freedoms and Human Rights said: "*How can we
talk about the rule of law when another country kills our citizens
without charge or trial? How can we talk about governance when
Parliament's resolutions are ignored by the both the US and Yemeni
administrations? We Yemenis are the people who suffer most from the
unrest in our country, and as we have heard recently, the majority of
people causing the unrest are foreigners who come from outside Yemen. We
would obviously welcome external help in dealing with the problem, but
only if Yemen has clear agreements and control over what takes place. As
MPs we have a responsibility to protect our constituents and to uphold
the values of our country. Drones undermine both. Our citizens are less
safe with drones in the air-- not only are they vulnerable to mistaken
targeting but we have seen time and time again that when civilians are
killed, it immediately swells the ranks of the armed groups. We even
lack a clear law about compensating the families of the victims, which
is something we urgently need. Drones are undermining our nascent
Notes to editors
1. For further information, please contact katherine.oshea at reprieve.org
<mailto:katherine.oshea at reprieve.org> / +1 917 855 8064
2. Yemeni MP Shawki al-Qadhi, quoted above, is an MP in the Yemeni
parliament, and a member of the parliament's Committee on Freedoms and
Human Rights. To arrange an interview, please contact
katherine.oshea at reprieve.org <mailto:katherine.oshea at reprieve.org>.
3. The ministers summoned by Yemeni parliamentarians were the Minister
of Defence, Major General Mohammed Nasser Ahmed and the Minister of
Interior, Major General Abdo Hussein Al-Tareb.
4. Reprieve US opened in New York City in February 2014. A partner
organization to Reprieve UK, Reprieve US provides advocacy and
litigation aimed at stopping abuses in the death penalty and in
counter-terrorism. For information about the work of Reprieve US please
contact Katherine O'Shea on katherine.oshea at reprieve.org
<mailto:katherine.oshea at reprieve.org> or +1 917 855 8064
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