On March 23, 2011, the Yemeni Parliament enacted emergency measures at the request of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in an effort to end anti-government protests. The emergency laws enhanced government power to detain protestors and censor the media, and was easily adopted because many minority legislators did not attend the vote. Saleh had declared a 30-day period of emergency the previous week, which banned carrying arms in public and established a curfew. The UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the regime's use of force against civilians and is currently investigating related human rights violations. Although Saleh ended his 32-year reign in April 2011, many protestors remain skeptical of the replacement government in light of the immunity granted to him and his ministers by the replacement cabinet, the Council of Ministers.
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