What can Libya learn from Yemen’s dialogue?

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Libya’s transitional debates are on a trajectory From Discordant Discourse to National Dialogue, according to a new MENASource analysis by Lara Talverdian and Katherina Pruegel of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.

The center’s acting director, Danya Greenfield, considers What Libya Can Learn From Yemen, drawing on the troubled state’s own national dialogue. She has also expressed reasons for concern as well as Cautious Celebration for Yemen’s National Dialogue, especially regarding the dialogue’s lack of transparency, insufficient attention to lack of Southern buy-in, and ongoing resistance to state authority in the north and Hadramawt, factors that should serve as a warning signal for Libyans’ own dialogue process.

Promoting Human Rights and Rule of Law in Yemen

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) seeks proposals to support Yemeni civil society efforts to promote human rights and increase transparency and accountability in the criminal justice system. Activities may include, but are not limited to:

• Advocacy for legal and regulatory reforms to bolster protection of human rights and human rights defenders, including increasing transparency in the criminal justice process;

• Training for NGOs to track cases in the criminal justice system to ensure that the right to due process is respected;

• Legal assistance for recourse for human rights violations;

• Exploration of the intersections between informal, traditional, and formal justice mechanisms.

Partnership with local organizations is strongly encouraged. Although small in scale, successful applications will detail how activities can be adaptable and scalable should additional funding become available. The program should provide capacity building, coaching, networking, and other support to partner Yemeni CSOs, where appropriate. Successful proposals will address how program activities will bolster the protection of the rights of women, youth, and other marginalized communities.

Further details here.