Today, Friday, the United Nations decided to include the Houthi coup militia on the list of groups that violate the rights of children.
Since the Houthi coup, childhood in Yemen has been subjected to the worst violations in the country’s history, through the recruitment of children, throwing them into battles and depriving them of education, and before that they were systematically targeted and killed using various heinous methods.
Yemeni and international reports had revealed the extent of the tragedies and suffering inflicted on childhood in Yemen as a result of the Houthi coup against the legitimate authority since late 2014.
Reports documented that militias committed tens of thousands of violations against children, ranging from killing, recruitment, disappearance and deprivation of education, in addition to their use of terrorist methods, and practiced the most heinous violations against children in Yemen, and worked to deprive them of all services guaranteed by international laws and principles, and plunged them into battles. It forced them to conscription, and prevented them from enrolling in education.
And last February, a human rights report revealed that the Iranian-backed Houthi militia has forcibly recruited more than ten thousand Yemeni children since the beginning of the war in the country, coinciding with the International Day Against Child Recruitment, which falls on February 12 of each year.
SAM Organization for Rights and Freedoms and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor said in a report that “the Houthi group has forcibly recruited about 10,300 children in Yemen since 2014,” warning of “dangerous consequences if the UN continues to fail to address this phenomenon.”
The Yemeni government had revealed that the terrorist Quds Force officer, Hassan Erlo, is the one who is supervising the outputs of the training camps set up by the Iran-backed Houthi militia, to lure and recruit tens of thousands of children in the capital, Sanaa, and areas under its control under the cover of “summer centers”.
Minister of Information Muammar Al-Eryani explained that the Houthi militia, under Iranian supervision, is luring children to training camps, distorting their Yemeni and Arab identity, washing their minds and mobilizing them with the culture of death and hate slogans and terrorist sectarian ideas imported from Iran, and recruiting them in its absurd battles to serve the Persian expansionist project and its ambitions in the region.