Yemen's President Abdrabu Mansour Hadi issued a republican decree on Saturday forming a panel to investigate human rights violations during 2011, the official agency Saba reported.
The decree was based on recommendations from the power-sharing government and the 2011 UN Human Rights Council's resolution that urged to carry out transparent, independent investigations into human rights abuses in the country last year, it said.
The committee should be independent and factions, especially political forces, must not intervene in its job or use it for unfair purposes, Saba said, adding the committee should act according to international and national standards and laws.
The decree entitled the committee to interrogate suspects to identify those who formulated the policies behind all human rights violations during the 2011 uprising and to refer to court anybody seen as involved in that, Saba said.
The timetable for completing the job was set at six months and the committee can prolong it if necessary.
Separately, the UNDP's Country Director, Randa Abu al-Hassan, said the first survey on the public awareness about human rights in Yemen will be released soon.
The first of its kind survey in the region will aim to find out the level of awareness of the Yemeni people about their rights and their attitudes towards them, she said at the second meeting of the multi-international and national human rights promotion group in the capital Sanaa.
When mass protests erupted to demand the departure of the former regime and reforms in 2011, authorities and human rights watchdogs reported many human rights violations including those in main cities.
The reports affirmed there were extrajudicial arrests, enforced disappearances, torturing and other abuses which were mostly exercised by the security and military forces against revolutionaries, activists and others.
Since the power-sharing government took office in December, it has been working hard to release all those who had been detained in connection with the revolution and freedom of expression as well as probing all human rights violations in the country.