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The Egyptian Alliance for Human Rights and Development Condemns Houthi Militia’s Recruitment of School Children in Yemen

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

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The Egyptian Alliance for Human Rights and Development Condemns Houthi Militia’s Recruitment of School Children in Yemen

The Egyptian Alliance for Human Rights and Development today condemned the recruitment of Iranian-backed terrorist militia Al-Houthi to schoolchildren in Yemen, and the coalition reported that the Houthi terrorist militia has forcibly recruited some 10,300 children in Yemen since 2014, under the name of summer courses, according to curricula prepared by experts in The Lebanese Hezbollah, and the campaign targets students at various levels including extremist intellectual mobilization and ending with the use of weapons.

The Egyptian Alliance for Human Rights and Development confirms that the Al-Houthi terrorist group opened 52 training camps for thousands of teenagers and children, and forced recruitment campaigns spread in the areas of Saada, Sana’a, Mahweet, Hodeidah, Thama, Hajjah, and Damar, and targeted children aged 10 years, especially school students, the summer program contains mandatory daily lectures for the militia leader inside closed terrorist camps to train children by Iranian experts.

The Egyptian Alliance for Human Rights and Development (ADF) calls on the Houthi terrorist group to immediately stop recruiting and exploiting children, as this is a major threat to their lives and future, and a serious violation of their rights guaranteed in relevant local and international conventions and norms.

The coalition warns of serious consequences if the UN continues to fail to address this phenomenon, and calls on the Security Council to refer the case of child recruitment in Yemen to the International Criminal Court as a war crime under the Court’s Rome Charter.

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