facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

HRW: Child soldiers in Yemen

April 15, 2011 at 2:01 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, April 15 (UPI) -- A breakaway general in Yemen is using child soldiers to protect anti-government forces, Human Rights Watch said.

HRW said it came across dozens of armed soldiers who looked younger than 18 since protests erupted in February in opposition to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The rights group said the child soldiers, some who gave their age as 14, were members of forces loyal to breakaway Gen. Ali Mohsen.

"The Yemeni government has for too long placed children at grave risk by deploying child soldiers on the field of battle," Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. "President Saleh's opponents should not perpetuate the problem by using children for security on the field of protest."

Fighting in Sanaa, Yemen's capital, killed five when gunfire broke out between rebels loyal to Mohsen and pro-government forces.

Yemeni media reports this week said Mohsen was training members of the youth movement in the country to attack infrastructure and the government ordered extra security to the international airport in Sanaa as a precaution.

"The United States and other governments should call for an immediate end to the use of children as soldiers or in other security forces, whether for the Yemeni government or the opposition," the rights group said.

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Russia prepares militarization of Arctic Russia prepares militarization of Arctic
2
Freedom variant LCS takes to water Freedom variant LCS takes to water
3
Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and GM all affected by defective airbag recall Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan and GM all affected by defective airbag recall
4
79-year-old woman survives in desert for 5 days 79-year-old woman survives in desert for 5 days
5
New Pa. law aimed at Mumia Abu-Jamal allows lawsuits against inmates New Pa. law aimed at Mumia Abu-Jamal allows lawsuits against inmates
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback