A call to form the Arab Court for Human Rights [Archives:2004/783/Local News]

October 21 2004

Ridhwan Al-Saqqaf
More than 40 participants in a workshop held in Aden during 3-8 October issued the Aden Declaration in which they requested the Arab governments to establish the Arabic Court for Human Rights. They recommended setting up national plans for human rights that go proportionally with the current conditions of the Arab countries.
Being the fourth in a successive number of courses on human rights, the workshop was organized by Human Rights Information and Training Center (HRITC) and the Arab Institute of Human Rights in collaboration with the U.N. Higher Commissioner of Human Rights. More than 11 Arab countries participated in the event.
The conclusion session was attended by Amat al-Aleem al-Suswah, Minister of Human Rights, who delivered a speech stressing the contribution of HRITC in organizing the course and pointing out the role the center played in promoting human rights.
Ezaddeen al-Asbahi, Director of HRITC, greeted in his speech the participation of the minister of human rights considering it a source of inspiration and encouragement for the center. He also praised the participants for coming up with the declaration, which he hoped could be implemented on the ground. Then Mr. Farag Fensh, human rights' representative in the Middle East and North Africa spoke on the participants' behalf expressing the significance of the course as well as the work in this field.
In a statement to Yemen Times, Mr. al-Asbahi said “the participants learned many things about the legal and philosophical background of human rights and the relation between the economic, social, political and cultural aspects of human rights and the international legislatures, besides several other issues.” The participants were also given certificates recognizing their participation in the event.