Peace talks between Yemen’s legitimate government and Houthi rebels were planned for 6 September 2018 in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations and its special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths. For the first time in two years, the promise of a peaceful discussion between the two parties to find a solution to end the civil war was giving hope to millions of Yemeni citizens.
Since the assault on the legitimate government in 2015, the conflict in Yemen has precipitated its population in an war on helpless innocents with thousands of deaths, millions of homeless people and escalating numbers in need of urgent food, safe water and aid. Security and peace are under threat with international humanitarian aid hijacked in the conflict depriving the population from basic decent life, work and education, not to say with an economy in ruins. New approaches are needed to design and reconstruct the country governance and Yemeni people's trust and confidence in their future. The panellists will address key aspects of the situation in Yemen and solutions from different perspectives.
Mr Kaldoon Bakhail: “Failed Peace and Security in Yemen”
Peace Activist from the Hadramout province in Yemen, Bachelor of Business Administration, currently resident in Cairo, Yemeni peace and political activist, former Under-secretary in Yemen government, consultant to a number of international organizations involved in governance, dialogue and peacebuilding
Mr Mohammed Al-Maswari: “Suppression of Press and Civil Liberties”
Lawyer, human rights activist and journalist. Chairman of the Yemen International Peace Team. He was subjected to multiple violence and crimes by the Houthi militia. Oppressed and condemned for his political activism
Ms Muna Luqman: “The Taiz Siege and Confidence Building”
Humanitarian Strategist. Founder and president of Food for Humanity Foundation, she is also an advisor and honorary chairperson for many charities. As a civil activist, she has previously worked with international NGOs including Save the Children, ADRA-Canada, Handicap International, HSA Corporate Communication Lead. In addition, she is a member of the Foundation for supporting the Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Security and Peace. Muna is currently based in Cairo. Twitter: @munaluqman
Mr Awad Alwan: “Enforced Disappearance and Torture”
Member of the Yemen International Peace Team. Trainer in the fields of human rights and international humanitarian law, democracy and good governance. Consultant to many youth organizations and initiatives.
Awad has worked as a programme manager for a number of local and international organizations working in Yemen, such as Mercy Corps and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He wrote many articles about the Yemeni political situation. Awad is currently the Resident Representative of Global Youth for Action Against Terrorism in Yemen
Dr Lara Al-Abbasi: “The Expansion of Terrorist Groups in Yemen”
Assistant Professor of Taiz University, PhD in Political Science, PhD in Doctrine and Religions, researcher in terrorism and extremist groups
Ms Noura Alawi Al-Groui: “Violations Against Women”
Chair of the Organization for Rights and Freedoms (NEDAA), member of the main committee of the General People's Congress Party
Dr Astrid Stückelberger: “Threat on Sustainable Human Development”
Privat-Docent Faculty of Medicine at University of Geneva. PhD in population health. International expert in public health and policy for governments, European Commission and United Nations agencies, she authored 12 books, articles and reports in many areas of human development, human rights, health and peace. She was awarded by the United Nations and Switzerland for her international work and accomplishments
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