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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The Marginalized Yemenis : We only want our right to humanity

Today, March 21, 2012, Qarar Foundation for Media and Sustainable Development held a seminar in the Cultural Center in Sana'a on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In a speech delivered by the Foundation's executive director, Maysoon Al-Iryani, she said: The workshop launched a series of events and activities that the Foundation will organize in the coming days.

She added: The Yemeni society suffers from divide and discrimination on the basis of color, gender and religious, sectarian and professional discrimination, "so we had to discuss such a phenomenon that contradicts the teachings of true Islam and the international human rights charters."

For his part, Nabil Al-Maqtari - the representative of the marginalized in Yemen, reviewed the types of distinction practiced by society as a whole, on many classes in society, including the ( Al-Akhdam ), pointed out that there is an unofficial statistic on the number of marginalized people and those who are discriminated against in Yemen with a capacity of three million five hundred thousand people, he said: We only want society to give us our right to humanity.

In the speech of Jamil Al-Asbahi - a member of the National Dialogue Committee, he pointed out that discrimination under the defunct regime was practiced systematically and formally, he appealed to the media to play its role in curbing this phenomenon and raising awareness of its dangers in Yemeni society.

The researcher in Islamic groups affairs - Nabil Al-Bakiri said: Today in Yemen, we need to move forward and start reviving equal citizenship, It is the equation that the previous regime failed to establish and contributed to not stalling it as long as it remained in power.

He was surprised at the clear concept of Islam in this case, and how do Muslims deal with a defeatist spirit towards this bad problem in Islamic culture?.