2006 Annual report of democracy and Human rights issued [Archives:2007/1054/Local News]

May 28 2007

SANA'A, May 27 ) Yemeni Observatory for Human Rights issued on Sunday its 2006 report on human rights and democracy in Yemen. The report praised the recent presidential and local elections; wherein the citizen was able to practice his own rights.

It added that the electoral process was conducted in a safe and impartial atmosphere and candidates as well as voters enjoyed a full freedom; however, there was a setback related to ballot and vote counting which witnessed many violations.

Furthermore, the observatory expressed its worry over some passive phenomena that accompanied the electoral process as to exploiting public money, job, media, and security apparatuse.

It also denounced the conduct of security personnel as they tried to hinder voters from reaching voting centers. Moreover, the Supreme Committee for Elections and Memorandum was not capable enough of administering the electoral process.

Meanwhile, the observatory recorded the developments as to human rights and democracy, maintaining that its work was hindered by the shortage of information from the official sources as well as the lack of transparency of governmental bodies when dealing with civil society organizations. The partnership the observatory made with some civil organizations and field reporters in governments helped the success of the report.

Mohammed Al-Maqtari, the observatory's executive director, indicated that the report aims to help protecting and boosting human rights as well as developing the democratic process in Yemen through recording the violations of human rights and analyzing the development factors by identifying drawbacks, pertaining to laws or in-charge individuals.

He added that the report aims at enabling non-governmental organizations to set strategies so as to face the organized and disorganized violations. It is worth mentioning that the report comprises many chapters related to civic rights, political rights, economic rights, cultural rights, and democratic reform rights.