Derailment of Transitional Justice Law provokes exchange of wild accusations
Abdulmalik Al-Fuhaidi, the Editor-in-Chief of Conference Net, mouthpiece of the GPC, said that his party supports the implementation of the Transitional Justice Law. He accused the JMP of attempting to disrupt the decree due to internal disagreements.
The Minister of Social Affairs, Dr. Mohammed Al-Mekhlafi, said in a statement that some of the GPC's ministers endeavor to derail the law.
Although Al-Fuhaidi said the primary reason for the deadlock were the ongoing disagreements among the JMP, Abdullah Saberi, a leading figure in the Popular Groups party which is affiliated with the JMP, said some parties raise comments and proposals about the law such as expanding its period; such a comment was appreciated and endorsed by all parties.
Due to disagreements about this law, it was referred to the president of the republic and the prime minister, according to Al-Makhlafi's press statements early this month.
Moneer Al-Saqqaf, director of the Minister of Legal Affairs’ office, said that the law of transitional justice was referred to President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi and the prime minister to discuss it and mandate it because ministers of the General People’s Congress (GPC) in the reconciliation government have refused to approve it.
He pointed out that the Gulf Initiative stipulated that if there is disagreement regarding any law, it is being referred to President Hadi and the cabinet.
The GPC ministers, said Al-Saqqaf, refuse to approve the law because it will reveal violations as well as those responsible for such violations.
He said that, though there are different opinions in the JMP toward the law, they approved it and Yemen's National Council of Revolutionary Forces called for its immediate ratification.
He added that disapproval toward the law is simply an attempt to obstruct the transfer of power and also a clear rejection of the Security Council’s decisions.
Jamal Benomar, U.N. Envoy to Yemen, asserted on June 8 that the transitional law is a demand of the Security Council after the reticence of the UN regarding the immunity given to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh which contravened UN principals concerning war crimes and human rights violations.
Benomar told the BBC that some ministers in the reconciliation government gave obstructive opinions towards the law. It has now been referred to Hadi in order to mandate it.
Eidi Al-Moneefi, a journalist and a human right activist, said that the law will provide advantages for Yemenis because it will reveal the truth about the crimes that happened recently. A committee will be established to investigate these crimes, file cases against the responsible them and compensate the victims.
“Issuing this law will bury the sufferings of the past and other positive advantages for Yemenis,” he said.