Report Says Houthis Committed 30,000 Violations in Education Sector
A human rights report confirmed that Houthi militias committed, in Sanaa and other coup-run governorates, about 30,000 violations in educational institutions within a single year.
These violations include killings, sexual assaults, kidnappings, and forced recruitment of children.
The Sanaa-based Mwatana for Human Rights issued a report covering the period from October 2018 to October 2019.
Entitled “towards oblivion,” the report said that education in Houthi-run areas is being dealt a travesty as violence, weapons, and a culture of death spreads among young students. This is also aggravated by the Houthis indiscriminate firing of staffers at schools.
Yemeni Human Rights Minister Mohamad Askar, in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, confirmed that extents to which Houthi human rights violations have reached unimaginable heights. He noted that he relayed that message to Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) Andrea Prasow at a meeting in Washington.
The acting HRW Washington Director was informed on violations committed by the Iran-backed militia. They included extrajudicial killings, the recruitment of children, physical, and verbal assault as well as the modification of the national education curriculum to suit a sectarian agenda.
Minister Askar also filled in Prasow on Houthis bombing opposition houses, destroying public and private institutions, violating women’s rights and kidnapping activists.
“During the meeting, I talked about the breach of all international conventions and treaties on human rights, from the right to life to the most basic social and economic rights such as the right to freedom of expression, movement, and livelihood,” Askar said.
Askar called on the international community and international human rights organizations to play their role regarding human rights in Yemen.
He affirmed the readiness of the Yemeni government to work with international organizations in order to protect human rights and prosecute violators.