New AIO ideas for Yemen
AIO called on the Yemeni government to end illegitimate killings and breaches in the context of the military dispute. The government should not condone the violators, AIO said.
The organization called for respecting the freedom of expression, peaceful protests, respecting women, defending the rights of immigrants and refugees, ending capital punishment and protecting the rights of asylum seekers, among other basic human rights.
Raja Al-Masabi, manager of the Arabian Foundation for Human Rights, said the new items suggested by AIO add nothing new to the conversation.
It is difficult for Yemen to provide asylum seekers with food, clothes and drink because Yemen itself is suffering from a deteriorated economy, Al-Masabi said.
She said human rights in Yemen will not improve in line with common insecurity and internal crises in addition to the partisan political problems that stand as the number-one reason behind the rampant troubles in Yemen.
For his part, Abdulrahman Barman, a lawyer for the HOOD Organization, said the pause in Yemen’s development process is because of disrespect for human rights. He said the points suggested by AIO are perfect and comprehensive to protect rights. However, it is difficult in Yemen to accept an abolishment of capital punishment because it contradicts Islamic jurisprudence, Barman said.
Barman said development and stability cannot be realized in a country where killing, violence and detention are exercised against peaceful protests. He affirmed the importance of issuing stipulations by the government that respect the law and apply order.
“We want a just judiciary that all people resort to without fear.”
Abdulrasheed Al-Faqeh, a human rights activist, said the items proposed by AIO are easy and applicable anywhere in the world.
“If there is strong government will to put these items in effect, the government will succeed.”
Political parties are supposed to defend human rights, he said. Al-Faqeh held President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi responsible for keeping abreast of the situation of human rights in the country.
The military and political disputes of last year had a major impact on the deterioration of human rights, according Al-Faqeh.