Amnesty’s anger about the children raped by the coalition in Taiz
Amnesty International on Sunday called for those suspects in children rape crimes in Taiz province, including members of the warring forces loyal to Saudi-led coalition and local leaders, to be brought to justice for a fair trial.
The organization held the coalition-backed security authorities in Taiz responsible for protecting the families of children who were raped. It called for thorough investigations and zero tolerance for these crimes to protect the families of children from retaliation.
“These victims and their families find themselves alone unprotected in the face of the horrific plight and consequences of sexual abuse,” said Heba Morayef, director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Regional Office.
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.