AL-UMMA: Sanaa weekly, 16-4-98. [Archives:1998/16/Press Review]

April 20 1998

(Al-Haqq Party)   Main Headline:
1- British navy chief and 8 senior officers made an unannounced visit to the Yemeni isles off the shore of Hodeida. A US division which took part in joint Yemeni-US maneuvers in the area is expected to go to Socotra.
2- Second armed tribal conflict has occurred within one week over a piece of land in Sanaa.
3- Minister of Religious Endowments & Guidance: “No Yemen pilgrims were injured in the Mecca stampede.”
4- Muslim fundamentalists attempted to vandalize the grave of the late patriotic figure, Omar Al-Jawi.
Article Summary:
International Testimony to Rights Violations
By Abdulkareem Al-Khaiwani
The human rights issue is used by the US and the West as a tool for political leverage. It is particularly used against those countries which are seen as “threatening to the interests of the West.” Countries favored by the US and Israel are never accused of human rights violations, even if they have the worst record in the world.
The UN has decided to ‘stop looking into the human rights situation in Yemen because of the marked improvements in this field since the establishment of the Supreme Human Rights National Committee.’ This “improvement” in the human rights situation in Yemen did not come from the above committee’s internal activities, but from the activities abroad of its chief – the Foreign Minister – and his talent of convincing Western governments. Any such testimony made without referring to the Yemeni citizens is worthless.