Human rightsCan UNESCO help more? [Archives:2004/712/Local News]

February 16 2004

The Minister of Human Rights, Amatulaleem Al-Susuwa, has said that there is a great potential for a greater UNESCO role in supporting and promoting human rights in Yemen.
This was one conclusion in a meeting with Ahmed Al-Saidi, Assistant General Manager of International Relations and Cooperation of UNESCO along with Hameed Al-Awadhi, Yemen's permanent member at UNESCO and Mohamed Al-Qadasi, the General Secretary of the organization in Sana'a.
Al-Susuwa said that the ministry has been working hard to promote human rights in the country since she took charge of the ministry less than a year ago.
But she expressed hopes in that UNESCO could play a more influential role in the future through common programs and projects in this regard.
She focused on the ministry's projects for the coming months in enhancing conditions of prisons, raising awareness of constitutional and legal rights of citizens, activating the ministry's complaint receiving department, and helping in reviewing and changing the current laws and regulations to better conform to international regulations and agreements signed with Yemen.
On behalf of UNESCO, Al-Saidi expressed his willingness to support the project of establishing a hotline to receive complaints of citizens concerning human rights violations.
He said that technical support necessary in this field will be granted along with support in raising awareness of human rights through various tools including the media, along with supporting poverty reduction strategies.