Yemeni journalist and activist, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize WinnerGeneva, FIFDH, 16 march 2017Six years ago, in 11 February 2011, a peaceful, popular youth revolution erupted in Yemen – similar to other Arab Spring revolutions that swept other Arab countries – as an inevitable necessity to unseat a desolate regime that had turned the country into a dynastical and failed state ruled by corruption, bribery, and nepotism.
I welcome Turkey’s women who stood against the failed coup on 15 July. I welcome all women who are struggling for rights and freedoms in different areas of life. Women have demonstrated that politics and public life become better and more beautiful only when women are in the forefront, and that politics can’t be humanized in different aspects of life unless women become a partner and leader.
The human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman delivered a speech at the side-event "The effect of political conflict on the human rights condition in the Arab Spring countries", organized by International Lawyers Organization on the sidelines of meetings of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 2 March. It reads as follows:
by: Tawakkol Karman - 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.