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Rights Group Slams Governments For "Double Standard" on Arab Spring

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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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