Al-Nahar [Archives:2004/737/Press Review]

May 13 2004

6 May 2004
Main headlines:
– President of Sana'a University calls on the islah to allow practicing democracy inside al-Eman University
– 17 million riyals embezzlement from Aden physicians union
– Presidential report determines the fate of a number of ministers
– Training course on asylum law concluded
– Regional symposium on challenges facing civil society organisations in the Gulf and Yemen
– Memorandum of understanding between human rights ministry and UNHCR

An article published by the newspaper says with the beginning of the era f unity in Yemen on the 22 of May the Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah) had led the first movement of dividing the trade unions when it clung to the two entities of the Yemeni Republic- the union of teachers and the students union of the 5th session-as two frameworks for the employees in the scientific institutes and their students. It refused implementation of the unity agreement that stipulated integration of each trade unionist entity that as existing in one of the two parts of Yemen with its counterpart in the of the part. Behind this situation and support from the GPC grew the political conflict that erupted after the unity.
After the end of the war of 1994 summer and after the victory of the GPC-Islah alliance the GPC jumped to inherit the union of teaching profession and integrated by force the two unions into the union named the union of educationists. Thus the teachers union remained receiving support from the Islah. Following recovery of the political life the talk returned anew about the importance of independence of trade unionist work and to keep it away from partisan conflict. But the treatment was not different in the nature from what is standing, for instead of the parties taking their hands off the unionist work the parties forming the JMP agreed on organizing elections of the students union after they have shared the seats of the preparatory committee and the GPC boycotted the elections and refused to recognise its results. Thus the students remained in some universities as a partisan framework for the opposition and the others as a framework for the ruling party.