Prominent Yemeni human rights advocate to caution against armed drones at Ottawa event today

Media Advisory
November 25, 2013

The escalating use of armed drones by the U.S. is a cautionary tale and Canada should take a different path, prominent journalist and human rights advocate Farea Al-Muslimi from Yemen will tell an Ottawa audience at a public forum on Monday night. Al-Muslimi will also speak at a press conference Monday afternoon.

Featuring Farea Al-Muslimi, Canadian Peace Alliance co-chair Christine Jones, and Roch Tassé, National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group. The press conference will take place at 1pm, Monday, November 25 in the Charles-Lynch Room, 130-S, at Centre Block on Parliament Hill.

PUBLIC FORUM: Featuring Farea Al-Muslimi, a Yemeni activist who delivered a powerful testimony in a U.S. Congressional hearing on American drone strikes in Yemen and basically made Obama admit to the use of drones.

“If the objective is to reduce terrorism in the region, drone policy is having the opposite effect,” says Al-Muslimi. “I look forward to the opportunity to speak with an Ottawa audience so I can stress the importance of Canada not going down this path.”

Other special guests at the public forum include Alex Neve (Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada) and John Packer, via livestreaming (Constitutions and Process Design Expert, Policy and Mediation Division, Department of Political Affairs, United Nations. He is currently advising the political transition in Yemen), followed by a Q and A session. The evening will be facilitated by Anne Dagenais Guertin (Coordinator, Research and Communications – International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group) and Christine Jones (Co-chair of the Canadian Peace Alliance).

WHEN: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Monday, November 25

WHERE: DMS 12102 in the Desmarais building, 55 Laurier Avenue East, University of Ottawa.

WHO: Hosted by the Ottawa Peace Assembly (OPA) and the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG). Co-sponsored by the University of Ottawa Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC), the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies (Human Rights) at Carleton University, and NOWAR-PAIX.


Dylan Penner, Organizer – Ottawa Peace Assembly, 613-859-6996. |

Anne Dagenais Guertin, Coordinator, Research and Communications – International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, |

Bio of Farea Al-Muslimi

The son of a farmer in a poverty-stricken area of Yemen called Wessab, Farea Al-Muslimi has become one of the most prominent youth activists, human rights advocates and writers in his country.

His name quickly spread through international media outlets when the 23-year-old delivered powerful testimony in a congressional hearing on American drone strikes on Yemen, earlier this year. Al-Muslimi spoke about drone attacks that targeted his village and others.

He has co-founded and chaired several youth initiatives in Yemen and has written for The National, Foreign Policy Al-Monitor, Assafir and Executive Magazine.