Al-Wahdawi [Archives:2007/1106/Press Review]

November 26 2007

Tuesday, November 20
Top Stories

– JMP condemns violations committed by official media against constitution

– More than half a million handicapped receive human services

– Yemen gives a $ 6 million compensation to Canadian company, Parliament demands interrogating those held accountable

– JMP calls for releasing peaceful protests' detainees, referring perpetrators to court

– Specialized Penal Prosecution frees Sana'a Second cell member for health conditions

– Popular female tribunal for election system demands constitutional amendments

Many women activists organized on Monday a popular tribunal for suing the electoral system with the aim of shedding light on the various, obstacles and challenges posed to women's political empowerment, the NUPO mouthpiece reported. At the popular tribunal, organized by Civil Community Coalition and Arab Sisters Forum for Human Rights (ASFHR) in Sana'a, ASFHR Chairwoman Amal Al-Basha said that such a step comes as a contribution to destroy a thick well obstructing the illumination of justice. The tribunal aims to liberate women and reveal facts concerning the sufferings of Yemeni women that are prevented from political participation and exposed to violence due to political and social factors.

The formal tribunal, considered the first of its kind in the country, was attended by politicians, lawyers, rights activists and NGOs representatives while its prosecution filed a lawsuit against the electoral system, Parliament, Constitution, Election Law and other laws for denying women their rights to participate in politics. The tribunal prosecutors said the constitution abandoned the principle of equality between men and women, criticizing formation of the Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum (SCER) by an executive authority's decision.