Yemen’s former President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is dead. He was killed last week by his own allies, the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, after he decided to break with them and shift his allegiance to the other side in our country’s three-year-old war. Saleh sometimes referred to his collaboration with the volatile Houthis, who he hoped would help to restore him to power, as “dancing on the heads of snakes.” This time, however, the snakes were faster, and he paid for it with his life.
We should not rejoice over his death. I and the other leaders of our peaceful revolution never wished him this end, but he reaped what he sowed.… Seguir leyendo »
Six years ago, in January 2011, a peaceful revolution erupted in Yemen. Our popular uprising bore many similarities to those sweeping other Arab countries at the same time, a phenomenon that came to be known as the Arab Spring. Like its counterparts elsewhere, Yemen’s revolution was the inevitable response to a regime that had turned the country into a failed dynastic state ruled by corruption and nepotism.
Yemenis succeeded in toppling the dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh and launching a democratic transition. They created a multiparty national unity government that represented a wide range of political forces from across the country. In spite of many difficulties, Yemen’s people experienced significant if modest progress in the observance of basic human rights and civil liberties.… Seguir leyendo »
The most important pretext for the ousting of President Morsi was the existence of division in Egypt. But today the division is deeper and the polarisation is wider. My support for the 30 June movement in opposition to Morsi changed after the military coup, which went against all the gains and values of the 25 January revolution. Its nature became obvious to me as I watched the killing of protesters, the incarceration, kidnapping and forced disappearance of thousands of coup opponents, and the closure of satellite TV channels.
Clearly, the leaders of the military takeover have something to conceal from the watchful eyes of the world.… Seguir leyendo »
La journaliste yéménite Tawakkol Karman voit dans une presse libre une condition du changement dans les pays aspirant à la démocratie. Interview à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse.
Tawakkol Karman est une figure de proue des mouvements des droits de l’homme et de la liberté de la presse dans le monde arabe. Agée de 32 ans, la journaliste yéménite a reçu en 2011 le Prix Nobel de la paix, qui couronne ses multiples engagements politiques en faveur de la démocratie. A l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse, l’Association mondiale des journaux et des éditeurs de médias d’information (WAN-IFRA) l’a interrogée sur son combat au quotidien.… Seguir leyendo »
We in Yemen are no less thirsty for freedom and dignity than our brothers and sisters in Tunis. After the fall of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, our own vigils took a new direction when thousands of young people went on to the streets. They reached their climax with the fall of the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, when millions of Yemenis called for the departure of the dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh. Many in the Arab world were worried about our uprising. Everyone knew that the country is awash with weapons. It was feared that the revolution would descend into violence and distort the image of the other Arab uprisings.… Seguir leyendo »
After more than five months of continuous protests, I stand today in Change Square with thousands of young people united by a lofty dream. I have spent days and nights camped out in tents with fellow protesters; I have led demonstrations in the streets facing the threat of mortars, missiles and gunfire; I have struggled to build a movement for democratic change — all while caring for my three young children.
We have reached this historic moment because we chose to march in the streets demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, an end to his corrupt and failed regime and the establishment of a modern democratic state.… Seguir leyendo »
The revolution in Yemen began immediately after the fall of Ben Ali in Tunisia on 14 January. As I always do when arranging a demonstration I posted a message on Facebook, calling on people to celebrate the Tunisian uprising on 16 January.
The following day a group of students from Sana’a University asked me to attend a vigil in front of the Tunisian embassy. The crowd was shouting: “Heroes! We are with you in the line of fire against the evil rulers!” We were treated roughly by the security forces, and we chanted: “If, one day, a people desires to live, then destiny will answer their call,” and “The night must come to an end” – the mantra of the revolutionaries in Tunisia.… Seguir leyendo »