The council of ministers initially OK’d the republican decree drafted by the human rights minister to form a special panel to investigate alleged human rights violations in Yemen, especially after the popular uprising erupted in early 2011.
At its weekly meeting, it ordered the ministry for legal affairs to reformulate the decision in the light of the notes made by the ministers to submit it for final approval.
According to the decision prepared by the human rights minister, Houria Mashour, the panel should assume its job independently with a focus on human rights violations based on international humanitarian standards.
Local and international human rights watchdogs have said the human rights situation deteriorated in Yemen, especially since the popular uprising erupted in 2011, pointing to extrajudicial executions, arrests and torture.
On the other hand, the council banned all forms of strikes at oil exploratory and producing blocks as well as other key oil and gas facilities.
Yemen passed the law 5 in 1995 which bans strikes that lead to the stoppage of service facilities and then affect the national economy.
It urged to take strict measures to prevent illegal strikes and to arrange protest ways at other facilities.