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COLUMNIST AHMED RABHI PLAYED DOWN TUESDAY THE CONFERENCE IN YEMEN ON DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE ROLE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. THE CONFERENCE WAS AIMED AT ESTABLISHING A DIALOGUE BETWEEN ARAB GOVERNMENTS AND ARAB NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS (NGOS).

“However, NGO representatives were frustrated right from the start because they were not given a chance to take the podium, which was exclusively taken by Arab ministers or state officials each delivering a statement describing his country as a paradise and a democratic haven for NGOs,” Rabhi said. The NGOs were simply expected to listen to the state officials without making any comments or rebuting their remarks, he said. “The addresses, delivered by European and international delegations, were brief and to the point, focusing on the problems at hand and proposing basic solutions to them. But the speeches delivered by Arab officials were lengthy, boring and full of exaggerations,” Rahbi said. He pointed out that in a sideline meeting, NGO representatives painted a gloomy picture of the situation in several Arab states where human rights were “openly being violated, human rights activists were restricted and freedom of the press suppressed. Among the activists was the mother of Mohammad Ali Al'a Sadi. Her son has been held prisoner in Guantanamo Bay, without charge or legal representation, for more than two years. She held high a portrait of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh, appealing to him to utilise his close ties with the US administration of President George Bush to bring attention to her son's plight. Many prominent non-government, political and human rights organisations were excluded from the conference. A last-minute decision by the Yemeni government also resulted in most of the invited Yemeni and international press being excluded from the conference. This is consistent with recent attempts in Yemen to control the media, smaller opposition political parties and student organisations. A new law seeks to restrict freedom of speech in Yemen, facilitating tight control over the media by the government. The law seeks to make membership of Yemen's Journalists' Syndicate trade union compulsory for the country's media workers, but also allows the government to take control of the union and its membership. Since the 1994 war, which unified North Yemen and South Yemen, Saleh's regime has imprisoned many members of the Yemeni Socialist Party on politically motivated charges. The party is vilified in the re-written school curriculum, which paints it as a destructive and anti-Islamic organisation. The General Union of Yemen Students has also come under government attack. In mid-December, as students entered a university hall for the union's national conference, state security forces opened fire. The government had refused to grant the union a permit to hold elections. Nine students were arrested; they were cleared of all charges after spending more than two weeks in custody. On January 1, hundreds of students protested, calling for an end to “interference by security forces in student affairs”. Yemen's neoliberal version of “multi-party democracy” certifies Yemen as “business-ready” to the Western world, yet brings little to the people of Yemen in the way of human rights or justice.





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