Published on November 5th, 2015 | by EJC0
UNDP Supports Civil Society In Yemen To Document Human Rights Violations
This article was originally published at UNDP on 2 October, 2015. Republished with permission.
Sana’a – UNDP together with UN WOMEN and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has started training Yemeni civil society organizations to independently document human rights violations and provide psychosocial support to victims of the ongoing conflict.
More than 2,000 civilians have been killed and 4,000 wounded in the Yemen conflict according to latest numbers from OHCHR. “Despite infrastructural damage, which is the visible impact of this senseless war, the war is also having a devastating psychological effect on citizens,” said Mikiko Tanaka, UNDP’s Country Director in Yemen.
“Human rights violations in this war have occurred and they need to be documented so victims can find relative peace and move on with their lives. The trained social workers will support communities through the trauma and give hope that impunity is not a new norm,” she added.
A series of six trainings will be delivered to 130 researchers and members of non-governmental organizations that have access to areas across the county. The training will build their skills and knowledge on how to document and report human rights violations in line with international best practices and standards.
This initiative contributes to protection activities under the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan. UNDP’s assistance aims to address the immediate needs of those affected by the conflict, while at the same time bolstering people’s ability to withstand future shocks.
Through its long-standing presence in Yemen, UNDP is committed to working with communities in need based on humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence. UNDP has accelerated its support to human rights and transitional justice together with OHCHR since 2011.
To read more about UNDP Yemen’s work during the ongoing conflict, click here.
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