43 local and international organizations called on the parties to the conflict in Yemen and the international community to include justice for Yemeni children in the ongoing peace negotiations, to enable them to live a dignified life.
A joint statement said the demand comes on the occasion of Universal Children’s Day, which falls on November 20 every year.
The statement showed the importance of this occasion to remind the world of the need to defend the rights of children, especially the children of Yemen, who are suffering from the consequences of the war that has been going on for nine years.
The statement held all parties to the conflict responsible for committing violations against children in Yemen.
The statement confirmed that 250 cases of serious human rights violations against children were documented from January to September 2023, underlining that the Houthi militias committed most of these violations (84%).
According to the statement, the violations included recruitment of children (85 cases), killing and maiming (75 cases), attacks on schools and hospitals (45 cases), kidnapping (24 cases), sexual violence (14 cases), and preventing access. to humanitarian aid (7 cases).
The statement called on the parties to the conflict to immediately end all violations against children, including the killing and mutilation of children, the recruitment of children, sexual violence, kidnapping and preventing humanitarian access.
The statement also called on the United Nations and the international community to end impunity for violations committed by the warring parties, and to establish an international team to investigate all human rights violations in Yemen, including serious violations against children, to ensure accountability.
It is noteworthy that the ongoing war in Yemen has caused 11 million children to need humanitarian aid, and more than two million Yemeni children cannot go to school, according to the statement.