UN documents Houthis’ recruitment of over 30 female children

UN documents Houthis’ recruitment of over 30 female children

Alsahwa Net-The United Nations (UN) Panel of Experts said it received credible reports regarding Houthi recruitment of 34 girls (ages 13-17), between June 2015 and June 2020, for use as spies, recruiters of other children, guards, medics, and members of the Zainabiyat, according to report by the Panel of Experts released on Wednesday.

Twelve of these girls allegedly survived sexual violence and or forced and early marriage directly linked to their recruitment, according to the report.

The report covers violations to human rights committed between July 2019 to June 2020.

The report said that “a generation of Yemen’s children has been immeasurably damaged through child recruitment, abuse, and deprivation of their most basic human rights, including education."

The Group documented 259 cases, and verified 16 individual cases, of children recruited and used in hostilities by several parties to the conflict.

The Houthis recruited boys as young as 7 years old. The Group verified 11 individual cases and received allegations about the recruitment of a further 163 boys, the report said.

 It indicated that they were recruited from schools, poor urban areas and detention centers through indoctrination, financial incentives, abduction and/or peer recruitment with very high rates of boys being used in combat resulting in their death or injury.

The Zainabiyat female security service was formed by the Houthis in late 2017 following confrontations between former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Houthis in Sana’a following women-led demonstrations demanding an end to human rights abuses and improvement of living standards.

The Houthis intended to use the Zainabiayt female security service to quell anti-Houthis female protests in the capital Sana’a.

 

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