The source pointed out that the world celebrates on November 20 the International Day of the Child, at a time when the children of Yemen are exposed to the most heinous crimes and grave violations by the countries of aggression, especially the killing and maiming, the bombing of schools and hospitals, depriving them of their health and educational rights, impeding the access to humanitarian aid and other violations committed in front of sight. And listen to the world that turns its back on what is happening in Yemen.
The source pointed out that according to United Nations statistics, there are about 12.2 million children in Yemen in need of humanitarian aid, more than five million children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition, about 1.71 million displaced children, and more than two million children out of school. In addition to the death of children due to the lack of vaccinations.
The source indicated that the aggression coalition caused the killing of more than three thousand and 790 children, and wounding more than four thousand and 89 others.
The source renewed the condemnation of the National Salvation Government. The Secretary-General of the United Nations raised the coalition of aggression led by Saudi Arabia from the list of shame for violators of children’s rights, which represented a setback to the efforts of the United Nations in the field of protecting and promoting children’s rights in the world and gave Saudi Arabia the green light to continue committing war crimes against the children of Yemen.
The source demanded, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, to re-include the Saudi-led aggression coalition in the list of shame so that the United Nations would not be a partner in killing the children of Yemen.
The source affirmed the commitment of the National Salvation Government to respect international humanitarian law and international human rights law and to protect and promote children’s rights in Yemen.
The source pointed out that the Republic of Yemen is one of the first countries to join the International Convention on the Rights of the Child and the two optional protocols attached to it, and has issued a number of laws that guarantee the rights of the child, foremost among which are Child Rights Law No. 45 of 2002 and Juvenile Care Law No. 24 of 1992.
The source pointed out that, in belief in the importance of protecting children during armed conflict, on April 16, 2020, a directive was signed on the treatment of detained children who were recruited by the countries of the Saudi-led aggression coalition and other armed groups and who were captured during military operations and handed over to the civilian authorities, in coordination with the Ministry of Defense in the government The National Salvation is represented by the National Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, and the concerned authorities are currently preparing a plan to protect children in cooperation with the United Nations.
The source concluded his statement by calling on the countries of the free world, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, his special representative for children and armed conflict, the Security Council, the Human Rights Council, and the concerned organizations, especially the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and human rights and humanitarian organizations, to condemn the crimes committed against the children of Yemen and press to end them and present them Perpetrators to justice to receive their just and deterrent punishment.