''Arab Spring'' Sharia Yemen

YEMENI STUDENTS AND WOMEN ACTIVISTS SIDELINED IN NEW CONSTITUTION TALKS…….

 

As expected. It’s all Islam all of the time.

yemen activists sidelined in post-saleh era 25.3.2013

Sanaa, Yemen – As Yemen continues its six-month-long National Dialogue – a conference intended to unify the country after the 2011 rebellion – some independent youth and women say their voices are being marginalised by the established order.

Born out an initiative from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – which included a controversial immunity deal for former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and a subsequent one-man presidential election won by Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi – the National Dialogue process, postponed since last November, is meant to culminate in a new constitution and elections in February 2014.

But some youth and women who played a key role in toppling Saleh are concerned their voices won’t be heard when delegates meet at a luxury hotel in Yemen’s capital.

“They [the people] have basic needs [that aren’t being met],” Nouria Nagi, the director of YERO, a local NGO, told Al Jazeera. “The school and health system is terrible. We had a seven-year-old child faint because he has no food to eat. So all this money wasted on the Dialogue at the Movenpick Hotel upsets me.”

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