Consultation process for formulation of Yemen's Human Rights Strategy initiated

Feb 26, 2014

Participants taking part in HR strategy discussion, Photo by UNDP Yemen

SANA’A, with support from the UNDP, Yemenis, representing governmental institutions and civil society have commenced discussions on the formulation of Yemen's first-ever Human Rights Strategy. The inclusive formulation process of the Yemen Human Rights Strategy will be supported by a multi-donor (UNDP, SIDA and The Netherlands Government) supported project.

The discussions aimed at agreeing on a framework within which the Human Rights Strategy will be developed. The three days deliberations, which took place from 23-25 February with participation of more than 100 people representing different institutions, considered in detail the vision on the role of the different institutions and civil society on the intended Human Rights Strategy.  

In her opening speech, Dina El-Mamoun, Chief Technical Advisor for the "Support to Human Rights Project", said "this is a great opportunity that we should seize on. For the first time, we have a decision by the Council of Ministers to have a Human Rights Strategy in Yemen. This important political backing has been previously missing. We hope that the Human Rights Strategy will build on past preparatory work on the strategy, the outcomes of the Comprehensive National Dialogue, as well as the recommendations of UN Mechanisms and the Human Rights Council".

The participants have called for further consultations and involvement, and the Support to Human Rights Project has endeavored to provide such consultations as envisaged. The next stage in the process will be the drafting of the framework, undertaking a baseline assessment of the human rights situation, and further consultations with civil society on the draft strategy. A process that is likely to continue in the next few months, and which will take place in collaboration with Government bodies and civil society representatives.

Edward Christow, Governance Team lead, said, " What is important is that the Human rights Strategy leads to a change at the individual level, but of course we need to develop a strategy within which the responsibilities and commitments of all relevant actors are clearly  set out and made accountable on". It is still early stages, but I am encouraged by the positive feedback the participants have so far shared, added Christow.

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