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Yemen minister says Houthis still kidnapping, recruiting child soldiers

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Human rights violations have worsened across Yemen as child recruitment campaigns by Houthi militias increased in the past several weeks, according to one Yemeni minister Al Arabiya has spoken to.

Dr. Mohammed Askar, Yemen’s Minister of Human Rights, asked the international community to interfere to fulfill its duty in pursuing those who violates human rights in Yemen. He stressed that human rights issues currently are one of the priorities of the Yemeni government. Strengthening the rule of law, reforming the judiciary and combating corruption, promoting national protection of human rights and public freedoms, as well as meeting urgent humanitarian needs. The Ministry of Human Rights to promote and protect human rights in addition to attaining security, economic stability, strengthening the power of law, reforming the judiciary and combating corruption, and strengthening national protection of human rights and public freedoms, as well as fulfilling urgent humanitarian needs. There are many procedures and actions taken by the Yemeni Government in the liberated areas during the past three years, represented in the Ministry of Human Rights to promote and protect human rights. Askar told Al Arabiya.

Askar indicated that the Human Rights ministry studies and make reports for the practices that violates the human rights principles inside Yemen, in order to be able to respond to it and benefit from it. The most prominent of which were reports about the abductees and the enforced disappearances in Iranian-backed Houthi militia prisons, other reports were about the continuous recruiting of children, and thus it launched campaigns to pressure the Houthis to stop recruiting children, which contributed in increasing the families and the community awareness of the danger of this trend. Another report was about the minefields made by the militias and the sever violations against children, there was also qualitative reports about displacement and bombing civilians in Taiz and implemented training course about psychological and social support to protect children affected by the war took place in May 10-15 2017.

From the very first days of liberating the Yemeni provinces from the Houthi militias supported by Iran, and until this moment, the Ministry of Human Rights held several meetings with the UN representatives, special rapporteurs, international organizations working in Yemen, its expeditions to Yemen, ambassadors and diplomats, to monitor and track the Human rights issues in Yemen, participating in the Human Rights Council’s rounds in March, June and September and present general reports about the humanitarian situation in Yemen. To show that the government is committed to the Human rights, conventions and treaties signed and ratified by Yemen. The media campaigns supported the leaders of the Human Rights ministry starting from the minister, the deputy, the Undersecretaries going to the managing directories by hosting them in TV interviews in official local and private channels, in addition to the press statements in local, international and regional newspapers. The ministry issued dozens of press releases on the incidents, crimes and violations committed against the Yemeni people by the coup.