At the beginning of two months nationwide armistice, the Houthis signed an Action Plan with the UN to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children in armed conflicts; killing and nurturing children; and attacks on schools and hospitals.
“The United Nations welcomes the efforts of all parties to the conflict to end and prevent egregious violations against children and this new commitment by the Houthis is a positive and encouraging step forward. rate in that direction,” speak United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) Virginia Gamba.
After signing the Action Plan in New York as a witness, Ms. Gamba welcomed this additional measure to strengthen protections for Yemen’s children, who have suffered so much after seven years of destructive conflict. .
Open plan package
In signing the Action Plan, all major parties to the conflict in Yemen pledged to end and prevent serious violations of children.
The Houthis have pledged to stop recruiting and employing children – including in support roles – freeing them from their ranks within six months and providing reintegration assistance.
Regulations on preventing their killing as well as protecting medical and educational facilities are also included in the Action Plan.
“The hardest part of the journey begins now,” said the Special Representative.
Necessary humanitarian access
Since the start of the conflict in Yemen, now in its eighth year, more than 10,200 children have been killed or maimed and nearly 3,500 children have been verified to have been used, according to the report. CAAC.
The country also lists high in the number of cases where humanitarian access, including children, is denied.
The special representative called on the Houthis to make it easier for humanitarian organizations to reach communities affected by the conflict and to re-prioritize children’s rights and needs.
“The Action Plan must be fully implemented and lead to tangible actions to improve child protection in Yemen.“She affirmed.
The Plan of Action opened the door to address Yemen’s pressing humanitarian and economic needs, and created a real opportunity to restart Yemen’s political process.
Ms Gamba called on all parties to the conflict to use the opportunity of the current truce to include child protection provisions in ongoing peace negotiations.
She reiterated the UN’s readiness to assist the Houthis and other Yemeni parties in strengthening measures to protect children from the ravages of hostilities.
“Ultimately, achieving lasting peace is the best way to protect children in Yemen and should be the first goal of all parties to the conflict in this country,” the senior UN official said. emphasize.
Other voices of the UN
The UN Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator for Yemen, David Gressly called the plan “a step in the right direction in protecting Yemeni children”.
“The United Nations is committed to the rights of children and helps the Sana’a government and the forces they control to put their plans into action starting now,” he said.
“We look forward to fully implementing the Plan of Action and continuing to work with all parties for the protection and well-being of children in Yemen,” Mr. Duamelle added.