Maat Denounces the Houthis’ Violations in Yemen
“The Houthis breach international conventions and charters” Okeil
“The Houthi militia has recruited thousands of children for combat purposes” Fawki
The intervention presented today by Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights during the interactive dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, within the work of the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council, denounced the continuation of the grave violations committed by the Houthi militias against civilians in Yemen, some of which amount to war crimes. The military escalation continues, whereas houses have been bombed and civilians have been targeted
Ayman Okeil, President of Maat, indicated that between the beginning of the year and the end of July, Maat, in cooperation with field activists inside Yemen’s province of al-Dhali, monitored that the Houthi militia had carried out destruction of 712 houses and facilities, 4 bridges, bombing of 31 houses and assault on 9 mosques that were converted into military barracks, as well as 1320 farms were looted and damaged and 17 water pumps were destroyed. They also targeted schools and educational institutions; 49 educational institutions were targeted, including 3 schools fully destroyed and 2 partially destroyed, as well as 2 colleges and technical institutes and 8 schools converted into military barracks and weapons stores.
Okeil pointed out that opponents are persecuted, detained in secret prisons and brought to trials fall short of internationally recognized fair trial standards by the Houthis. Detainees in Houthi prisons are subjected to various forms of torture, often leading to death, in violation of international conventions and norms.
Islam Fawki, Policy Analysis Unit Manager at the Foundation, said that the Houthi militia has recruited tens of thousands of children to fight in its ranks, in violation of Article 38 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which prohibits the involvement of children in armed conflict. Fawki pointed out the ongoing suffering of Yemeni women who are detained and sexually assaulted. During the first half of 2019, it was reported that 120 women from Sanaa were arrested, most of them were detained in criminal investigation facilities.
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