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Yemen minister dedicated award to country’s Jews

Arwa Othman, newly nominated Yemen’s minister of culture, had donated a human rights prize to the country’s small Jewish community.
Tuesday 23 December 2014



Arwa Othman has been a regular Middle East Transparent. Her articles, in arabic, are available here.

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Arwa Othman, awarded the Alison Des Forges Award by Human Rights Watch in September, called for “tolerance” in her speech and announced she was giving her award to “brothers and friends from the Jewish community,” according to the Associated Press.

Othman made the announcement at a celebration Thursday in the capital city of Sanaa, where roughly half of the country’s Jewish population — numbering fewer than 90 in total — live in a guarded compound.

Arwa, a writer and former head of Yemen’s House of Folklore who was only appointed to her cabinet post last Friday, was praised by Human Rights Watch for her advocacy for civil rights in the country’s constitutional negotiations and her efforts to end child marriage. According to the AP, her advocacy for civil rights and the Jewish population has spurred a backlash by Yemen’s hardline Salafi Muslims.


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  • Yemen minister dedicated award to country’s Jews

    Micha
    12:23
    26 December 2014 - 

    Thank you Arwa Othman for your brave words and actions to protect and improve the civil rights situation of your fellow human beings, all your fellow citizens, including your fellow jewish citizens.




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