The report also cited the late condemnation by the Security Council of
human rights violations in Yemen, saying that it urged Yemen's Ali
Abdullah Saleh to sign a power transfer deal which granted him immunity,
an act prohibited by the UN Secretary General's directives, it argued. That
deal was approved by the Yemeni parliament yesterday.
Nor did the European Union's (EU) response escape criticism. The report
said, "The initial reaction [of the EU] was limited to sanitized statements
calling for restraint by all sides and negotiations."
It added: "The EU continued its long-standing relations with repressive
states in the region and opted for diplomatic advances rather than openly
condemning human rights violations,"
It said that the EU's belated offers of financial support for pro-democracy
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