UNDP Launch Study on Role of Civil Society Organizations in Transitional JusticeNov 26, 2015
In collaboration with Ministry of Legal Affairs, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Support to the Implementation of Transitional Justice Project, launched a study on "The Role of Civil Society Organizations in Transitional Justice in the Republic of Yemen." The launching took place on 26 November in Sanaa and was attended by 30 representatives of Civil Society Organizations from 11 governorates in Yemen - Sana'a, Aden, Taiz, Saada , Hodeidah, Marib, Ibb, Dhamar, Hajjah, Shabwah and Amran.
The study aims at identifying roles and capacities of civil society organizations (CSOs) in transitional justice in Yemen to help them design programs, projects, and activities in support of transitional justice in the country. It also aims at ensuring continuous community dialogue about injustice, raising awareness on transitional justice processes, supporting existing institutions, such as Land and Dismissal Commissions, documenting human rights violations and contributing to national reconciliation.
In his opening remarks, UNDP Team Leader of Sustainable Development Unit, Mr. Fuad Ali, explained that the study constitutes a baseline for improving CSOs’ contribution to transitional justice processes in Yemen. It will inform capacity building programs for CSOs to play an effective role in transitional justice. Mr. Ali added that the purpose of the meeting is to review study, receive valuable feedback and comments, and come up together with practical recommendations.
Dr. Ahmed Almaweri, UNDP National CSOs Specialist explained that the study took seven months to finalize with the help of field expert Dr. Hameed Allahabi. Dr. Almaweri laid down the structure of the study staring with mapping CSOSs and their capacities in contributing to transitional justice, challenges and opportunities for empowerment and lastly results and recommendations. He added that in addition to the obvious security issues facing CSOs in their role of contributing to transitional justice, they also face the problem of no consensus over transitional justice in Yemen.
Participants took part in a self-assessment exercise to identify their particular needs to become effective contributors to transitional justice processes. They stressed the importance of implementing transitional justice according to the outputs of the National Dialogue Conference to help affected communities to come to terms with their past and address human rights violations.
Dr. Rawhi Afaghani, Peace and Conflict Resolution Expert
Support to the Implementation of Transitional Justice in Yemen