By: Asma Al-Mohattwari
Under the title “All Have the Right to Participate in Public Life,” the Ministry of Human Rights held the first National Human Rights Conference with sponsorship by Prime Minister Mohammed Basindowa.
The Conference marked the first anniversary of the formation of the national reconciliation government and the 64th anniversary of the Universal Human Rights declaration.
During the Prime Minister’s speech, a group of Change Square youth stormed the conference hall with vocal demands that Basindowa give them their rights.
In response to this group, Basindowa said, “You are losers, and they paid you money to make this conference fail.” He went on to accuse them of sabotaging the country.
After these words, all conference participants left the hall and the demonstrators stormed the podium. One youth demanded that Human Rights Minister Horia Mashhoor release the detainees and unlawfully imprisoned youth.
Chairman of the Youth Conference Preparatory Committee of said that the conference should care most about the youth, the detainees and the wounded.
Sumia Al-Dughaish said that they would not be kept silent and added that Basindowa would be held accountable for his part in actions against the youth.
“Initially, Basindowa said that we were the builders of Yemen, and now the real change. We received him with open arms and now he is accusing us of being vandals. We will not keep silent and we will not allow him, the president, Ban Ki-moon or Obama to rule us. We are strong, we are strong. WE ARE STRONG!” she reiterated.