Rasd Coalition, the Yemeni Coalition for Monitoring Human Rights Violations (YCMHRV), has held a seminar in partnership with the World Community Federation during the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, to shed light on violations of child rights and their impact on the future.
During the seminar, Dr. Arwa Alkutabi said more than 6000 children have been killed ___ some in war frontlines and others by snipers and landmines ___ since the war broke out in 2015.
“Official statistics issued by the UN show that Houthi militia has recruited more than 18000 under-aged fighters, most of them were brought from schools and religious centers,” she said, noting that “most of the under-aged fighters were recruited without their family knowing.”
Hamdan Alalili, a writer and researcher in social affairs, submitted a working paper entitled Education in Rebel-held Areas & the Future of Yemen, which focused on serious violations of the International Law.
Mr. Alalili, in his paper, accused the Houthi militia of abducting teachers and enforcing unlawful amendments in the Yemeni curriculum as well as spreading their radical concepts, sectarianism, a culture of violence, and anti-coexistence in schools that are in areas under their control.
Dr. Mawaheb Alhamzi, for her part, stressed that the Houthi rebels use the same approach of ISIS under different names in terms of utilizing children in military operations, devoting hate speech and using anti-Semitism slogans.
Since Iran-backed Houthis stormed Yemen’s capital Sana’a in late September 2014, they started to plan on imposing their destructive agenda in Yemen, which they lately started to put into practice, starting with holding summer camps and imposing students to give oath of allegiance and repeat anti-Semitism slogan at the beginning of school day.