Tuesday Mar 27, 201212:02 PM GMT
ICC urged to prosecute Yemen's Saleh
Yemen's Nobel peace laureate Tawakkul Karman poses near the entrance of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands, Monday, Nov. 28, 2011.
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Yemeni activist and co-winner of 2011 Nobel Peace Prize has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to bring the country's dictator Ali Abdallah Saleh to justice.


"I'm here to tell the prosecutor to use his rights to convince the international community and the (UN) Security Council to bring Saleh to the ICC," Tawakkul Karman said Monday.

She made the remarks during an interview with AFP on the sidelines of a 40-minute meeting with Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the chief prosecutor of the ICC, in The Hague, the Netherlands.

She added, “I am also here to tell the prosecutor and the international community that this procedure is the only way to bring criminals to justice.”

Before and during the revolution in Yemen, Karman, who shared the 2011 Nobel Prize with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, played a key role in the campaigns for women's rights and democracy in Yemen.

Karman was among thousands of protesters who set up camps in Sana'a's Change Square following the outset of the uprising in late January.

The Nobel laureate said she had presented several documents, as well as photographs of victims and eyewitness accounts of the Yemeni regime's crackdown on demonstrations.

Hundreds of thousands of people have turned out for regular demonstrations in Yemen's major cities since January, demanding the ouster of Saleh, who came to power in 1978.

Hundreds of protesters have been killed and many more injured in the regime's crackdown on Yemen's revolution.

In response, the ICC prosecutor said that “as soon as we get jurisdiction, we'll implement force.”

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