Yemen makes progress on human rights reporting obligations despite the prevailing challenges

Jul 8, 2013

SANA’A, The Government of Yemen, with the support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has finalized its third state report on the Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and is in the process of submitting the report to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

The finalization of the third status report on the Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights was preceded by a consultative workshop with key Government institutions, Civil Society Organization and Private Sector on 25 June, which was organized by UNDP and Ministry of Human Rights. In line with Yemen's obligations, the draft of the third report to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, was shared and discussed with the participants at the workshop.

The discussions at the workshop, focused on improving Yemen's report and the participants, provided concrete suggestions and feedback to the Ministry of Human Rights on the draft report.

Mr. Edward Christow, UNDP's Governance Team Leader commented that it is encouraging to see a vibrant and lively discussion from both governmental and non-governmental bodies on issues affecting the human rights situation in the country, particularly during this transitional period. He added that UNDP is committed to supporting Yemen in this regard, and this activity is one of many that has been and will be delivered by the UNDP's human rights project in partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Ministry of Human Rights.

The Minister of Human Rights, Hooria Mashoor stressed that Yemen aims to deliver a truthful report that reflects the realities on the ground. We don't aim to show a rosy picture of the situation of economic, social and cultural rights in Yemen or a negative one, the task at hand is to show the extent to which Yemen is meeting its international obligations, she added.

Civil Society has also been given a platform during the workshop to present their draft shadow report to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to the participants. Participants commended the efforts by both, civil society and the Ministry of Human Rights and the positive spirit in which both parties worked together and shared ideas and suggestions.

This mutual engagement is a clear point of departure and the way forward in increasing the level of cooperation between the Government of Yemen and Civil Society Organizations. The current environment gives us the opportunity to have a strong base on which we can start building for the future together, said Mr. Christow.

Contact information

Ms. Saba Gawbeh, Project Coordinator, Support to Human Rights during the Transition Period Project, UNDP-Yemen. 
Mobile: (+967) 71 222 1770 

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