[11/January/2004] SANA'A, Jan.11 (Saba)- President Ali Abdullah Saleh inaugurated on Sunday the Sana'a Regional Int-governmental Conference on Democracy,Human Rights and the Role of the International Criminal Court.
In the opening president Saleh welcomed the participants as saying:
In The Name of GOD, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Your Excellency Secretary General of the Arab League
Your Excellency Secretary General of the Islamic Conference Organization
Your Excellency Representative of the European Union
Your Excellency Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations of
Your Excellencies Speaker of the parliaments, Senates and Consultative
Your Excellencies Ministers
Dear brothers and friends representatives of civil society associations
from brotherly and friendly countries
Madam representative of No Peace Without Justice Organization
Ladies and Gentlemen
May God's peace and mercy be upon you
I am pleased to welcome you and express our appreciation for your presence and Participation in this conference for which we hope great success .
I also express thanks for the European Union, No Peace Without Justice Organization and for all those who participated in the good arrangements of the conference in order to achieve the targeted results and objectives.
Sana'a, the city of civilization, history, culture and democracy, is greatly
honored to host this uniqe gathering of high ranking political and party leaders whether they are in office or in opposition . Also with the participation of a large number of civil society organizations and associations in order to exchange views openly and aspire together for a free democratic world
where there is no tyranny, no oppression, no suppression and no occupation.
This gathering aims also at reassuring the important role of the International
Criminal Court for the protection of human rights and our joint commitment that all people should be equal in their rights without any discrimination or oppression.
In this occasion we in the Republic of Yemen renew our commitment towards those humanitarian principles. Our Yemeni people which had suffered in the past, the scourge of conflict, division and dictatorial and totalitarian domination had revolted and gained victory, and was able to restore its
nation unity on the 22nd of May 1990 .
This was coincided with the establishment of democracy, multi-party system, freedom of opinion and the press, participation of women in political life and respect of human rights . Civil society associations were also
established by direct and free election, which represent the feature of our new Yemeni modern era and an authentic continuation for our people very old believes and practices in democracy since ancient ages.
Your presence with us today embodies your appreciation for this political direction
to which we have committed ourselves and we will not divert from .
Ladies and Gentlemen :
Democracy is the choice of the modern age for all people of the world and the rescue ship for political regimes particularly in our this world. It is the way to achieve security , stability, development and better future for our countries.
Human rights are tightly connected to democracy and the state of law and order. Therefore, we should remove anything that contradict them and stand against all forms of discriminations,oppression and exploitation
for the human being and his rights.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Respect of states'sovereignty,non-intervention in their internal affairs and protection human rights in the world should be apriority of the international organizations which call for democracy and bolstering international law
in combating the flagrant violations of human rights.
There is no doubt that not all of the world's peoples could enjoy freedom, democracy and human rights as long as there are gaps that widen everyday in the fields of development, economic growth and knowledge and as long
as international justice is absent, double standards prevail and human rights violations continue in many countries of the world.
We feel deep sorrow and pain for the sufferings endured by the brotherly
Palestinian people. They are suffering stark violations of their rights by the Israeli occupation forces. The world should have its loud voice and firm stance to stop those violations and to pressure Israel to implement
the Road Map and adhere to the resolutions of the international legitimacy related to the Arab Israeli conflict in order that just and comprehensive peace might prevail in the region.
The regrettable developments occurring in Iraq are requiting from the United States of America and the allied forces to rapidly end their occupation of Iraq, and to enable the brotherly Iraqi people to freely administer
their own affairs to protect security, stability, sovereignty and unity of Iraq and its territorial integrity.
I welcome you again and we expect together with all good, democratic and peace loving forces that this conference which is being held in Sana'a would come out with a comprehensive declaration that will represent a
clear call for the triumph of the values of freedom, justice democracy and respect of human rights and for the supremacy of the authority of law so that humanity could enjoy prosperity, progress, security and peace.
May God's peace and mercy be upon you.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Democracy is the choice of the modern age for all peoples of the world
and the rescue ship for political regimes particularly in our third world.
It is the way to achieve security, stability, development and better
future for our countries.
Human rights are tightly connected to democracy and the state of law and
order. Therefore, we should remove anything that contradict them and stand
against all forms of discrimination, oppression and exploitation for the
human being and his rights.