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Houthis Target Higher, Public Education Sectors

Houthis Target Higher, Public Education Sectors

Saturday, 15 August, 2020 - 04:45
Students listen to a professor during a class at Sanaa University in Sanaa, Yemen August 12, 2017. Reuters file photo

Yemen’s Houthi militias continue to commit grave violations against members of the higher and public education sectors in Sanaa and other areas under their control, well-informed sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.

The sources, speaking under the conditions of anonymity, said the Houthis have recently committed a series of arbitrary violations against academics and students at one of Yemen’s top universities, Sanaa University.

The violations included oppression, humiliation, abduction, starvation and arbitrary layoff.

Houthis have banned gatherings at the Sanaa University and cancelled all events including graduation ceremonies under the excuse of social distancing.

More so, sources said that the insurgents have forced high school students to take exams for the general certificate of secondary education despite the students having undergone a faltering school year.

Academics and students at the Sanaa University compared the Houthi practices to those of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Houthis have issued orders to university deans and heads of departments that stipulate gender segregation when grouping students for graduation projects, Yemeni activists told Asharq Al-Awsat.

The orders were signed by Houthi commander Qassem Abbass al-Maaeen.

The militias explained that the orders come with the aim of raising a generation that abides by Arab and Islamic traditions.

These orders are the latest in a series of instructions issued by the group illegally. Houthis have imposed gender segregation at university halls and auditoriums, designated separate entry gates for males and females and specified a dress code for female students.

Academics and activists said that the oppression was not restricted to universities alone, but has also been extended to barber shops, cafes and Abaya stores, all of which have faced Houthi levies for allegedly going against the group’s teachings.

Houthis have also recently halted sessions at Sanaa University under the pretext of reserving campus hallways and grounds to hold one of the group’s ceremonies that went on for two weeks, university employees told Asharq Al-Awsat.

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