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New Report Details Yemen Human Rights Status in 2011

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By NY Staff

National Foundation for Human Rights (NFHR) stated that there were 3,200 cases of violations and that number of victims reached 1,431,273 victims in all governorates. The foundation held a conference called “Challenges of Human Security in Yemen” that determined stated that Taiz highest amount of human rights violates. The report stated that other governorate including Haja, Abyan, Hodeida, Capital, Aden, lahj, Mahweet, Sa’ada governorates came after Taiz.

 According to the report, physical attacks, murder attempts were the most prominent among all other violations in 2011. It also mentioned that illegal killing, arbitrary arresting and detention, banding rights in health, education and work, kidnapping, raping and domestic violence were most frequently occurring violations in the different governorates.

In its report, the foundation stated that they documented that while the general situation improved in 20111, intelligence forces are still not respecting human rights and are not controlled by law. According to the report, the weak authority of government contributed to the increase in the armed groups that do not abide by the law.

The foundations strongly recommended the government to undertake analytical review for the current laws and reformulate the Yemeni constitution to fit with international laws. “The new constitution must guarantee human rights and freedoms in Yemen,” the report stated. They also recommended the government to start implementing the transitional justice act, removing all obstacles lying before implementation and forming a commission for investigating crimes and murders of protestors in 2011.

The report encouraged the NGOs and political parties locally and internationally to support Yemeni authorities to form a commission that can handle the investigation of crimes committed in 2011. It also stressed the importance of providing Yemen with the laws and military help according to international laws to help it survive the current crises.