MoLA Inaugurates Strategy for Supporting CSOs’ Role in Transitional Justice

Dec 16, 2014

Participants during the conference

The Ministry of Legal Affairs (MoLA),in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the United Nation High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),) launched its “Strategy for Engaging Civil Society in Transitional Justice Efforts in Yemen.” The strategy was introduced during three conferences attended by more than 280 civil society organizations (CSOs) in Aden, Taiz and Sana’a. The three two-day conferences took place between November 12 to December 9 and included participants from 20 Governorates.

The strategy aims at building the capacity of CSOs to enable them to take effective role in transitional justice processes; mobilize peoples’ support for transitional justice through community dialogues amongst stakeholders and local divided societies; and build CSOs coalitions and networks to promote and raise awareness about transitional justice and its outcomes.

In his opening remarks at Sana’a conference entitled “Strengthening CSOs’ Role in Supporting Transitional Justice and Reconciliation in Yemen,” the Minster of Legal Affair, Dr. Mohamed Al-Makhlafi, explained that transitional justice draft law and national reconciliation in Yemen aims at achieving peace through transitional justice leading to fair and lasting reconciling based on justice and forgiveness.  Dr. Al-Makhlafi added that there is a strong will in the Government of Yemen and the society to achieve transitional justice despite counter efforts by some parties. He underlined the importance of partnerships with CSOs to better communicate notions of transitional justice to people; and called on those organizations to become “messengers of peace” in spreading awareness on transitional justice and its process.

On her part, the UNDP Country Director, Ms. Mikiko Tanaka, affirmed that the international community is committed to supporting transitional justice in Yemen and pointed out that it is important at this stage to recognize the suffering of victims and to facilitate institutional support that can lead to a lasting peace and guarantees of not re-occurring of violations. Ms. Tanaka underscored the role of CSOs in partnering with the Government of Yemen to raise public awareness and advocacy to achieve successful transitional justice.

In addition to introducing the strategy for engaging CSOs in transitional justice, the conference aimed at identifying active and transitional justice-relevant CSOs that will partner with MoLA, UNDP and OHCHR to implement the strategy’s activities in the field. Participants also  underwent  self-assessment to identify their needs to become effective contributors to Transitional Justice processes. Finally, participants at all conferences stressed the importance of implementing transitional justice processes according to the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference and peace and partnership agreement to help effected communities to come to terms with their past and address human rights violations.

Contact information

Please contact Dr. Rawhi Afaghani, Peace and Conflict Resolution Expert, Support to the Implementation of Transitional Justice in Yemen, UNDP-Yemen. Mobile: (+967) 71 222  1759 and E-mail: rawhi.afaghani@undp.org.

or

Dragan Popovic, Chief Technical Advisor-Transitional Justice, Support to the Implementation of Transitional Justice in Yemen, UNDP-Yemen. Mobile: (+967) 71 222 1401 and E-mail: dragan.popovic@undp.org

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