NDC Third plenary Session Hears Comments on State-Building Working Group's Final Report

30 December 2013 /

The NDC third plenary session heard comments on the State-Building Working Group's final report on Monday. The report was presented on Sunday.

The final report included ten decisions, in addition to legal and constitutional specifics. 14 of them focused on political essentials, 23 on economic essentials, and 23 on social essentials.

NDC members praised the report's content, but recommended some modifications and called for some items to be clarified. 

The main political essentials stated: constitutional legitimacy and rule of law together formed the nation’s power basis; the government should undertake all possible procedures to ensure neutrality in all public institutions; no parties should be formed on sectarian or racial bases; the government is the only entity which is entitled to have armed forces developed for national, not special interests; human rights should be respected and international conventions on human rights should be ratified; citizen freedoms should be respected; Yemeni officials must be forbidden from receiving illegal funds from foreign nations; and Yemen’s political system should be democratic and based on political pluralism, thereby ensuring peaceful power successions.

Other political essentials included forbidding the use of houses of worship for political reasons, the application of accountability to state employees (senior state employees in particular), the role of police forces in protecting citizen lives, and the forbidding of offenses against Islam and other religions.

The main economic essentials were focused on increased freedom with regard to economic activity, the achievement of economic balance among all social groups, encouragement of individual initiatives and entrepreneurs, and the idea that economic policies should be dependent on systematic planning if optimal benefits are to be obtained from national resources.

Other topics discussed in the essentials included the stemming of corruption in public institutions, improving Yemen’s investment climate, and the use of lawful contracts as a basis for the exploitation of national energy resources.

The social essentials focused on equal opportunity measures; scientific research freedoms; women’s and children’s rights; citizen education rights; water access and environmental protection; the protection of monuments and Yemen’s heritage; care for disabled citizens; Yemeni expatriate concerns; and the need for the government to adequately respond to the effects of natural disasters.


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