Yemen Times marks International Human Rights Day “Freedom for all” [Archives:2006/1005/Front Page]

December 7 2006

By:Yemen Times Staff
SANA'A, Dec. 7 ) International Human Rights Day is every Dec. 10 and marks the adoption of the United nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Celebrated around the globe, Human Rights Day affirms that “All human beings are born with equal and inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms.” This year, the Yemen Times has taken the initiative to celebrate Human Rights Day with a seminar focusing on illegal imprisonment in Yemen, especially during 2006. The seminar will take place Monday, Dec. 11, at the Yemen Times premises.

Articles 1 through 11 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights emphasize the right to freedom, a fair trail and no discrimination before the law. However, reality is a far cry from the declaration's idealistic principles. Due to absence of adequate law enforcement in Yemen, many are detained and imprisoned under illegal circumstances, especially minorities such as women, children, refugees and political activists.

The seminar will cover four main themes:

1. Illegal imprisonment of women, including those imprisoned for social issues or those without a male guardian to sign their exit papers after completing their sentence

2. Illegal imprisonment of children, including street children and juveniles

3. Illegal imprisonment of refugees, focusing on the 2006 influx of Somali refugees

4. Illegal imprisonment of political activists, whether members of the media, opposition or NGOs, focusing on media and opposition during the election campaign

Media and NGO representatives, as well as political and human rights activists will attend the seminar, which is open to all.