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The 9th session of the Forum on Minority Issues (the Forum) was held last week, on 24 and 25 November 2016, focusing on the situation of minorities in humanitarian crises. The Forum provides a unique opportunity for state representatives, experts, civil society and minority communities, and specialised bodies to engage in a constructive dialogue and seek ways to strengthen the protection and promotion of minority rights in prevention, crisis situations and the aftermath.
I am Sami Al-Naggar, representative of All Youth Network for Community Development and a member of the marginalized community in Yemen.
The reports and statements of the new High Commissioner for Human Rights, Special Rapporteur on Slavery and Special Rapporteur on Water and Sanitation at the HRC27 session offered general, thematic as well as state specific observations and recommendations on caste-based discrimination.
IDSN and All Youth Network for Society Development submitted a report on the human rights situation of Al-Akhdam in Yemen prior to the Universal Periodic Review of Yemen on January 29th. Unfortunately no direct references to Al Akhdam or caste were made in the review. An event to highlight the plight of the Al Akhdam was held in Brussels on February 13th.
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