The National Committee to Investigate Allegations of Human Rights Violations said it heard the testimonies of eight children who were subjected to serious human rights violations during the year 2023 on Saturday.
This happened together with the International Day for the Rights of the Child during a public hearing in Taiz of many live testimonies of violations of human rights against children during the armed conflict in Yemen.
Committee member Ishraq Al-Maqtari explained that these sessions are part of the investigative mechanisms followed by the National Committee, through which the voices of child victims, their families, witnesses, specialists and those with experience concerned with protecting children’s rights are heard.
These sessions also examine real scenes of the violations that child victims experienced, the physical, health, and psychological effects resulting from the violations to which they were exposed and witnessed, and reinforce the survey evidence with various live testimonies.
The testimonies were about violations that affected the victims’ rights to physical and psychological integrity, the right to education and health, and the prevention of access to help, in addition to examples of mutilation, torture, fear, terror, loss of security, deprivation. of access to medicine and food, and cessation of education that were caused to child victims of the armed conflict.
In the hearing, the director of the Yemeni Swedish Children’s Hospital, Dr. Sami Al-Sharabi, testified about the direct and severe targeting to which children’s hospitals were subjected, which led to the deprivation of many children from their services, especially premature children and those who need primary care, treatment and medicine, and the occurrence of some deaths, violating… Clear principles and guarantees of international humanitarian law for the benefit of children.
The Director of the Prosthetic Center in Taiz, Dr. Mansour Al-Wazi’i, also presented statistics on the number of children whose limbs were amputated as a result of indiscriminate bombing and the explosion of individual mines in different children’s environments, and his most many important observations about the effects that appeared on that group of children, and the specificity of treating them to alleviate their suffering and integrate them with the rest of their peers and overcome the results of those. Violations.
In turn, lawyer Radwan Shamsan, representing the Rasd Coalition, made a presentation in which he mentioned the serious violations against children, especially the six violations that occurred against the children of Yemen, and the number of child victims whose violations were documented and monitored.
Dr. Mahmoud Al-Bakari, deputy director of the Office of Social Affairs and Labor in Taiz, presented a research paper in which he listed the types of services provided by the office with the support of international donor organizations in the areas of protection and rehabilitation. of child victims in coordination with local communities and civil society institutions and the importance of increasing interventions for the benefit of children.
The Psychologists’ Union also provided detailed testimony regarding the effects of the traumatic events, especially the bombing, killing, and injuries experienced by the child victims, on their behavior, life, and educational achievement.
The hearing received various live testimonies provided by the families of the victims and witnesses, incidents of killing and injuries of children while playing or going to school, and the suffering of being deprived of access to help, in addition to the testimonies of some parents in the sewing areas on methods to avoid risks that threaten the safety of their children.