A push for ‘transitional justice’ in Yemen

    Demonstrators gather in Brooklyn, New York to call for the departure of President Abdullah Ali Saleh. The U.N. Development Program signed the Support to the Implementation of Transitional Justice in Yemen on August 15. Photo by: André-Pierre du Plessis / CC BY

    The Yemeni government has taken another step toward stability following the uprising last year that led to Ali Abdullah Saleh’s stepping down from office after ruling for more than three decades.

    The government and the U.N. Development Program signed Wednesday (Aug. 15) the Support to the Implementation of Transitional Justice in Yemen. The United Nations-led project will help the government design and implement a transitional justice process, a critical measure for Yemen’s national reconciliation.

    The event took place at Yemen’s Ministry of Planning and Cooperation. Project signatories were Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Mohammad al-Saadi, Minister of Legal Affairs Mohammad Ahmad al-Mikhlafi and UNDP Resident Representative ad interim Gustavo Gonzalez.

    “Transitional justice as well as national dialogue are two unavoidable pillars of the conflict resolution process in Yemen,” Gonzalez said at the event signing. “While the first one aims at reconciling by bringing truth to the recent events, the second one opens the road for a common Yemeni future.”

    The project’s total cost is pegged at $4.033 million, with $1 million coming from UNDP and $50,000 from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Several donors have also shown “strong interest” in providing support to the project, according to a press release.

    UNDP will be working closely with various government bodies in Yemen. The project will also involve nongovernmental organizations, political parties, civil society organizations, women and youth groups, and those who were injured or had family members die from deadly attacks in 2011.

    The U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund, meanwhile, has allocated $8.5 million to five U.N. agencies and the International Organization for Migration in Yemen. The money is part of the fund’s rapid response grants.

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    • Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.