UNDP Provides Technical Support to the Transitional Justice in Yemen
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Yemen (GoY) signed today the Support to the Implementation of Transitional Justice in Yemen (2012 - 2014) Project, at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC).
The UNDP Project will assist the Government of Yemen and other strategic key national stakeholders in developing the transitional justice process, from design through implementation, focusing on civil society’s role, victims’ organisations, and issues of communication and outreach.
The project will work closely with the Ministry of Legal Affairs (MoLA), the Cabinet of Ministers, the Parliament, and bodies yet to be established such as the Independent National Human Rights Institution (INHRI). Additionally, it will involve national stakeholders such as political parties, none-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), women and youth groups, as well as families of victims and affected communities by 2011 incidents.
The project will support and actively encourage compliance with international norms and standards; take account of the political context when designing and implementing transitional justice processes and mechanisms; align assistance on transitional justice to the Yemeni context; and strengthen national capacities to carry out community-wide transitional justice processes.
The total budget of this project is US$ 4.033 million, UNDP provided US$ 1 million and the Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights provided US$ 50.000 thousand. Many donors have shown strong interest to support this project.
Commenting on the project’s signing, the UNDP Resident Representative a.i. Mr. Gustavo Gonzalez said: “Transitional justice as well as national dialogue are two unavoidable pillars of the conflict resolution process in Yemen. While the first one aims at reconciling by bringing truth to the recent events, the second one opens the road for a common Yemeni future.”
“UNDP’s role in this project is just to technically support national stakeholders to conduct a 100% Yemeni-led process. We expect bringing some lessons learned from other similar experiences and provide Yemen with best practices, when required”, he added.
Mr. Gonzalez confirmed that this project will make the most of the skills and capacities of the entire UN system. He said: “Our partnership with the Office of High Commissioner on Human Right is critical, because they have a strong expertise in transitional justice. Our support is a collective one.”
He also said: “If you ask me why a development agency, such as UNDP, deals with transitional justice? I would say it is quite simple; development just built on economic growth is not sustainable. It requires democracy, inclusiveness and justice. I think that the Arab Spring is a concrete evidence of this rule. This is why UNDP supports transitional justice.”
The project document was signed by Dr. Mohammad Al-Saadi, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Dr. Mohammad Al Mikhlafi, Minister of Legal Affairs, and Mr. Gustavo Gonzalez, UNDP Resident Representative a.i.
The signing ceremony was attended by Mr. Bajash Saeed, Deputy Minister of Legal Affairs.
Mr. Yazan Al-Saghiry, UNDP Communications Officer
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