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NDC Outputs Responses to Human Rights Principles and Obligations

National Yemen

Turkish Ambassador to Yemen

Asma al-Mohattwari   

The course of political events associated with the revolution in Yemen and the determination of the society to change in order to reach justice, equality, supremacy of the law and god governance brought real responsibility upon all the society segments to implement the National Dialogue Conference (NDC) outputs. The human right ministry is one of the important institutions that should carry the NDC outputs and begin to implement them.

A positive step was taken by the ministry of human rights and under the auspices of her Excellency Hooria Mashhour, the Minister of Human Rights, and in cooperation with the Turkish embassy, the 4th meeting of the human rights task force was held to support the outcomes of the NDC for the human rights perspective. 

Hooria Mashhour, the Minister of Human Rights, said that all the NDC outputs are related to human rights issues and more than one group in the NDC discussed these issues in Yemen. She stressed the importance of the NDC outputs on the ground as the document came in response to human rights.

“There is another document of the international community within the recommendations that came from the international community on the basis of the report submitted by Yemen in Geneva, including the elimination of discrimination against women, against racial torture, child labor, development and the fight against poverty and other issues that confirmed Yemen’s commitment to the protection of human rights “.

Mashhour said that the civil society organizations (CSO) in Yemen are over 18 thousand in 2014 that are working in various fields, “CSOs play a very important role to bring the NDC outputs into light and take them out of the drawers through their programs in advocacy and networking, as well as the role of the private sector with regard to development and revive the economy and create jobs and run for young people.”

In his part, Mr. Fazli Corman, Turkish ambassador, underlined that Yemen is now entering a new phase of political transition towards a democratic governance, “this is a challenge in itself and it also provides an opportunity for the Yemeni government and society to fully integrate human rights requirements in its national legislation, upon which a new Yemen will rise.”

Corman confirmed that Turkey commends and supports the Yemeni government in its efforts for protecting human rights including strengthening the role of women in the society, fighting against the ongoing humanitarian crises, establishing rule of law and combating poverty as well as corruption.

“The political process in Yemen has moved relatively immune to security and humanitarian challenges, though these challenges are expected to remain in the medium to long-term. In this sense, Yemen continues to be a unique example, a “model transition” in the region,” he said.   

The meeting aimed to show the contents of human rights in the NDC output. A number of the NDC members reviewed some important topics regarding to the human rights in the NDC, particularly form transitional justice, sustainable development, good governance, independent bodies, military and security groups as well as an overview on the NDC outputs in a human rights perspective. 

The 565-member National Dialogue Conference began in March 2013 to bring together all segments of the Yemeni society to set the country’s future direction, including the framework and principles for a new constitution, restructured government and national elections.

Corman said that in this huge and historic endeavor, Yemen deserves the support of the international community and Turkey will continue to stand along with Yemen and remain ready to share its experience, both in legislation and in practice, in the  field of human rights.