NRM-UK held a special meeting with (Yemen APPG)

London, 13/12/2022: NRM branch in the UK (NRM-UK) held a special meeting with Tim Loughton MP and Flick Drummond MP, Chair and Co-Chair of the Yemen All-Party Parliamentary Group (Yemen APPG) respectively. In the meeting, members of NRM-UK presented an introductory overview of NRM and provide a briefing on the current developments in Yemen.

A continuation of cooperation and coordination between Yemen APPG and NRM-UK was agreed upon in order to work together to help peace efforts, stop the war and activate the British role at all levels so that the Yemeni issue remains alive, especially in the face of the current major international developments.

Saad Eddin Bin Taleb to NRM: Hadramout will only accept a new decentralized federal system

Singapore, 4/12/2022: The political track in NRM hosted the well-known politician Dr. Saad Eddin Bin Taleb, former Minister of Industry and Trade, to speak about the current challenges and opportunities for solutions to the Yemeni crisis, and his visions for Hadramout.

In the meeting, which was attended by a large number of NRM members from various tracks, Ben Taleb talked about the aspirations of Hadramout, or what he called “the Hadhrami dream”, and reviewed how Hadramout was affected by the political transformations that Yemen went through since the independence of the south in 1967 until the formation of the Republic of Yemen in 1990, and how it became a victim of the successive corrupt authoritarian regimes.

He added that the aspirations of Hadramout today will only accept a decentralized federal system, but not like the one that was suggested by the new constitution, “which does not have many of the advantages of federal systems”, as he said.

Bin Taleb said that Hadramout’s hope is to decide its own future and that it will be given the right to self-determination and the ability to exit from any form of Yemeni federation if its political system deviates from its constitutional obligations towards its regions.

Bin Taleb also stated that he has not seen any proposal of a southern federal state by the Southern Transitional Council (STC), stressing that the suffering of Hadramout is always due to the intervention of the central government, which always deals with Hadramout on the basis of the oil wealth it possesses. He ended by saying that despite these being the current stances of Hadramout, realism is still possible if treatments are done properly.

At the end of the meeting, a number of discussions emerged. While some NR members welcomed the ideas brought forward by Bin Taleb, others were sceptical and argued that such propositions during times of war and the challenges facing the Yemeni state may lead to the fragmentation of Yemen entirely, consequently endangering the interests of the Yemeni people in all local regions, and paving the way to endless struggle and fighting.

NRM mourns the death of Al-Maqaleh

Sana’a, 28/11/2022: The National Reconciliation Movement (NRM) sends its deepest condolences to the Yemeni people, the Arab and Islamic nation, and all humanity following the death of the great poet and Yemen’s cultural and national icon Prof. Abdulaziz Al-Maqaleh, may his soul rests in peace.
With his literary genius, enlightenment efforts, and patriotic stances, Al-Maqaleh has planted the seeds for a journey of light for many generations to come in Yemen, raising its name high in the Arab and Islamic world, as well as internationally.
Since his revolutionary beginnings in the 1950s, Al-Maqaleh championed the rights and freedoms of Yemenis, the sovereignty, integrity, and independence of Yemen, and stood by the legitimate aspirations of his people for justice, equality, prosperity, and modernity.
His recent stances on the war, which were reflected in his recent poetic writings, were as a compass that guides the people of Yemen to struggle to end the war and reach a sustainable peace.
While NRM feels devastated by this great loss, the profound legacy he left behind constitutes true consolation for the Yemeni people in their long path to peace and a bright future.

First training on human rights for NRM members concluded

Geneva, 20 November 2022: The NRM’s human rights and humanitarian track organized the first human rights training course for 18 members of the movement from various tracks, under the supervision of the trainer and human rights advisor, Hani Al-Aswadi, head of the “Haqqi Center for the Support of Rights and Freedoms” in Geneva, and member of the human rights track in NRM. Dr. Nabila Al-Hakimi, head of the human rights and humanitarian track coordinated the event.

The two-day course aimed to train NRM’s members in international human rights law, the mechanisms by which the Human Rights Council in Geneva works, its various tasks, how civil societies can participate in the Council’s sessions, and the special procedures for the protection of human rights.

This training comes as part of the training program for NRM’s tracks for this year, which seeks to raise the awareness of NRM’s members in various topics and disciplines that make up its nine tracks.

NRM-UK Participates in Parliamentary Reception on Yemen

London, 16 November 2022: Members from the NRM-UK have participated in the parliamentary reception on Yemen organized by the Labour Friends of Yemen (LFY) group and attended by several Labour MPs and representatives from The British Yemeni Society (BYS), the Yemeni Embassy in London, the Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Britain, the Yemeni communities in the UK, and other activists and academics.

The meeting came out with a number of important recommendations, including a call for a national peace conference in Britain next year in order to advance the reconciliation process and stop the war in Yemen.

NRM-Egypt meets Speaker of Parliament and former Prime Minister in Cairo

NRM-Egypt met with Mr. Sultan Al-Barakani, Speaker of the Yemeni Parliament, and Mr. Mohammed Salem Basindawa, former Prime Minister and well-known national political figure.

During the meetings, Al-Barakani and Basindawa were briefed on NRM’s aims, objectives, and efforts in striving to end the war in Yemen and reach a just and sustainable peace, within the unifying national principles, and to work with all other parties and personalities in and outside Yemen to achieve this goal.

Al-Barakani and Basindawa expressed their willingness to cooperate with NRM in any affirmative efforts that serve Yemen and Yemenis and achieve peace and stability.

These meetings are part of the recent efforts undertaken by NRM-Egypt recently, which aim to introduce NRM and build on the common understandings of all the Yemeni forces present there.

Yemeni thinker Omar Abdel Aziz: Equal participation and citizenship is the only political identity that achieves the aspirations of the Yemeni people.

Sharjah: In an intellectual and political symposium entitled “The Path to Peace in Yemen,” the cultural and media track, with the cooperation of the state building track, in NRM hosted the well-known Yemeni writer and thinker, Dr. Omar Abdel Aziz.

In the symposium, which was moderated by Dr. Fares Albeel from the cultural and media track, and attended by a large number of NRM’s members, Dr. Abdel Aziz stated that the attempt to impose a one-dimensional identity based on ethnicity, sectarianism, tribalism or regionalism in Yemen is doomed to failure and that it will only be a transient phenomenon or a historical dissonance that is doomed to disappear, and survival will always remain for the unifying national identity based on pluralism and equal citizenship.

Dr, Omer added, “The National Dialogue Conference was the last point where the Yemeni political mind tried to introduce a new vision for the future of the state, away from the notion of prevailing with violence”.

With regards to the southern issue, he made it clear that “the issue was a product of previous political mistakes, and Yemenis are capable, if there is a real will and conscious leadership, to solve this problem and other problems, on the basis of diversity, participation and equal citizenship in any appropriate federal, geographical or administrative form”.

Dr. Omar Abdel Aziz is considered to be one of the most important contemporary thinkers in Yemen. He resides in Sharjah and works as the head of the Research Unit at the Department of Culture in Sharjah.

Marib and the Peace and Development Model of Rwanda

18 September 2022: The political track of the National Reconciliation Movement hosted Dr. Ali Al-Jabal, Director of the Technical Office in Marib Governorate, and Chief of Staff of Vice President of the Presidential Leadership Council Sheikh Sultan Al-Aradah. The meeting was dedicated to update the members of the NRM on the experience of the local authority in Marib during the period from 2015 to date and to share reflections from the learning exchange visit that a delegation from Marib’s local authority conducted to Rwanda to learn from Rwanda’s unique and inspiring experience in public administration and in post-conflict recovery.

Dr. Al-Jabal highlighted the unprecedented growth in Marib governorate during the past few years, with its population increasing sharply to reach approximately 3 million people following waves of internal displacement to Marib from across Yemen. This growth has been accompanied by significant expansion in basic services such as education, health, water, infrastructure, and electricity delivered by the local authority. As an example, the governorate currently is provided with over 130 MW of electricity compared to pre-2015 levels at only 7 MW).

Dr. Al-Jabal presented the challenges that local authority has been facing in the field of public service delivery and development of infrastructure, and the concrete steps that the local authority has undertaken to address these challenges and achieve relative stability and tangible improvement in these areas.

Dr. Al-Jabal also explained the value of the local authority delegation’s exchange visit to Rwanda, and its impact on expanding the horizon of the directors of executive offices in the governorate by building their capacity and learning from the experiences of countries that have faced similar challenges to those facing Yemen and Marib. The meeting explored the key lessons learned from the exchange visit, and the plans by the local authority in Marib to reflect these lessons in their work in the coming period.

At the conclusion of the meeting members of the NRM exchanged with Dr. Al-Jabal a number of ideas and initiatives to support the efforts of the local authority in Marib in the field of higher education, health, planning, and other fields. It was agreed to take forward these initial discussions and establish clear mechanisms to enable the NRM members from contributing to the development efforts in Marib and other governorates in Yemen.

Peace Opportunities are Possible

September 11, 2022: The political track of the NRM hosted a meeting with Abdel Aziz Al-Oqab, head of the “Fiker for Dialogue and the Defence of Rights and Freedoms” organization, who indicated that peace opportunities are available if a timed mechanism is available, and the provisions of the current truce include an effective monitoring mechanism. He said that Sana’a is not only the Houthis, as there are other political forces that exist and should not be neglected.

NRM-Egypt meet Egyptian National Progressive Unionist Party

August 9, 2022: The NRM’s branch in Egypt (NRM-Egypt) held in Cairo a joint meeting with Dr. Atef Maghawry (Vice President of the National Progressive Unionist Party and member of the Egyptian Parliament) and Representatives of the Civil Alliance for Peace and National Reconciliation in Yemen (CAPNR).

In the meeting, which comes as part of a series of consultations held by NRM to discuss the latest developments in Yemen, several issues were discussed, especially those related to the Truce and the opportunities for sustainable peace and stability.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Nabila Al-Hakimi, head of the human rights track, Judge Dr. Yahya Al-Mawry, head of the newly established NRM-Egypt, and Dr. Ahmed Al-Sabari, member of NRM-Egypt, and from (CAPNR) Prof. Hamoud Al-Awdi and Mr. Anwar Khaled.

Dr. Maghawry expressed his support for NRM’s efforts to stop the war and reach a just and comprehensive peace in Yemen. NRM’s representatives expressed their high appreciation and thanks for the continuous position of Egypt in support of the Yemeni people and praised its continuous and effective historical role in receiving Yemenis and overcoming all the difficulties they might face while staying in Egypt.