Workshop on Human Rights [Archives:2001/22/Local News]

May 28 2001

The National Supreme Committee for Human rights, in cooperation with the UNDP’s Strengthening Human Rights Project and the United Nations Information Center organized a workshop on National Human Rights at the Haddah Hotel on May 26-28, 2001. In the opining ceremony Mr. James W. Rawley, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP’s resident representative in Yemen, praised Yemen’s commitment for the implementation of democracy and promotion of human rights. “These include the establishment of the Supreme National Committee For Human Rights in 1998, the government ratification of most of the international human rights Conventions and treaties, the approval of Law No. 4 on Decentralization, the proliferation of NGOs, the holding of multi-party elections and the hosting of the Emerging Democracies Forum in 1999 and the Regional Conference on Human Rights in 2000. This was attended by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs. Mary Robinson,”. He said that the most recent creation of the position of State Minister for Human Rights was a further evidence of national commitment to strengthening democracy and promote human rights.
He added that the UNDP, in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has designed a program for Human Rights Strengthening (HURIST). HURIST aims to develop national capacities to promote and protect human rights and apply human rights approaches in development programming.