By: NY Staff
A new group, named the ‘Intellectuals for a New South’, was inaugurated on Monday, June 18th, in Mukalla, Hadhramout governorate. The inauguration event was attended by a number of intellectuals, journalists and members of the governorate’s Southern Movement.
Saeed Salem Al-Jareeri stated that the group would play a role in advancing national and cultural progress, and would be an asset for the southern revolution. “Victory for the southern issue will only be accomplished through coming together, managing differences in positive ways, and in opening the doors for dialogue between southerners,” said Al-Jareeri.
According to him, the Southern Movement is a public liberation revolution which seeks freedom, independence and the restoration of sovereignty to a southern state.
A statement issued by the Intellectuals for a New South said the group aims to motivate intellectuals, academics, youths and women to foster a genuine understanding of dialogue and of tolerance for others.
“It also aims at effective participation in the creation of a future for the south, and a federalist state which respects human rights and freedoms in accordance with international laws,” read the statement.
Stated aims for the group included cooperation with NGOs, cultural and independent figures, and youth groups.
Procedures to accomplish its goals included the development of immediate and longer-term plans to assure that a dialogue between southerners takes place. The group also stated that it would be open to transparent dialogues with any southern Yemeni political parties.
The group at its core consists of 16 intellectuals and is headed by Dr. Saeed Salem Al-Jareeri. Dr. Abdulkareem Qasem will act as deputy, and Dr. Huda Al-Attas will be the group’s official spokesperson. The group will also include a number of sub-committees; among them, cultural, legal, contact, financial, and media committees.