Transitional law discussed in Yemen

May 27, 2012 at 3:19 PM
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SANAA, Yemen, May 27 (UPI) -- Yemeni Minister of Legal Affairs Mohammad al-Mikhlafi said the Cabinet will debate the transitional justice draft law Tuesday before going to Parliament.

The coalition government seeks to have a transitional justice law adopted, hoping it will help move Yemen past grievances against the former regime and bringing closure to all victims of local crises from 1994 to 2012.

The 26 September newspaper said Sunday Mikhlafi expressed the need for Yemen to adopt such a law as it will allow the new government to listen to all grievances and compensate victims accordingly. The minister added many political parties, civil society organizations, unions and youth groups took part in the discussions that led to the draft.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay criticized the move Sunday, saying the law "would violate Yemen's human rights obligations."

Similar laws were passed in other countries -- Morocco and Algeria -- in times of deep political shift.

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