The violations of the Houthis continue. Child abduction and recruitment

While her abuses against Yemeni children continue, she was kidnapped Houthi militia In Al-Hodeidah Governorate, students and young people were forced to join the battle fronts.

In detail, the local Houthi leaders of the districts of Al-Jarrahi, Zabid and Jabal Ras, south of Hodeidah, in recent days have kidnapped a number of students and young people and threw them in battles unbeknownst to their families, according to ai media locals.

Intrusion and kidnapping

The militias pushed these children into battles in the district of Hays, south of Hodeidah, and placed them in first line.

Additionally, families said the Houthis stormed some homes, kidnapped children and pushed them. in unbeknownst to them, calling on the authorities concerned with children’s rights to put pressure on the militias and return their children.

horrible violations

It is noteworthy that Yemeni Minister of Legal Affairs and Human Rights, Ahmed Arman, confirmed on Sunday that the Houthi militia had committed horrific violations against Yemeni children, resulting in the killing of children. in clear challenge to all international and local laws and alliances.

In a press release, Arman said that “in light of their continuing violations of children’s rights, the Houthis have used tens of thousands of children under the age of eighteen. in first line since their coup against power in 2014, “according to the Saba news agency official.

The violations of the Houthis continue.  Child abduction and recruitment
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Human shields

It also indicated that the militias used children as human shields at military points and as informants, in addition to the indiscriminate bombing of a number of populated areas, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of children and women.

He also confirmed that the mines planted by the Houthis in farms, roads and residential areas have resulted in the deaths of large numbers of children, some of whom have been permanently disabled and have lost one or both limbs regardless of civilian lives.

Transforming schools in fields

Arman pointed out that the Houthis’ use of schools and educational facilities, transforming them in fields and weapons depots and destroying them through indiscriminate bombing with rockets and artillery shells, is a violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

He also called on the international community to pressure the Houthi militia to end these violations and take a serious stand to protect Yemeni children from arbitrary behavior and massive recruitment processes, and to provide support to the government to help it implement the national strategy to combat the recruitment and employment of children in armed conflict.

More than 35,000 children

And Yemen’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, Marwan Noman, announced last September (2021) that militias have recruited more than 35,000 children since 2014, 17% of whom are under the age of eleven, while more than 6,700 children are still in first line.

In turn, the United States envoy in Yemen confirmed, Tim LenderkingIn the same month, Houthis’ recruitment of children and military escalation are all practices that undermine efforts to pace.

A Yemeni human rights network documented 20,977 cases of violations against Yemeni children, as well as displacement and displacement of more than 43,000 children by militias from January 2017 to March 2021.

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