Yemeni lawyers called on Saturday to enact laws that ban child recruitment and involving them in armed disputes, stressing the important of respecting conventions and treaties signed by the Yemeni government regarding children.
In a seminar organized by Seyaj Organization for Childhood Protection on Saturday in Sana'a, lawyers urged media outlets to play roles in spreading awareness about risks of child recruitment in the army and security services.
chairman of Seyaj Ahmed al-Qurashi affirmed that Seyaj will present proposals to the concerned government go enact laws that could ban child recruitment.
Hundreds of children were recruited in 2011 as demonstrations demanding the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down erupted.
However, SEYAJ has demanded an investigation into the recruitment process stating that it has evidence of the names and cases of remaining child soldiers.
The Ministry of Defense had announced that it would immediately release all underage soldiers from its ranks. The First Armored Davisson pledged to demobilize all underage soldiers.
During the outbreak of the political crisis in Yemen in 2011, activists warned against the risks of child recruitment and involving them in the armed disputes whenever there are no tackles that could reduce this phenomenon.
They further called to stop child recruitment and admission of the regular forces, take actions against armed forces, spread awareness of the community and reform legislations regarding child rights.
They then accused the government of not taking serious actions against those who are involved in recruiting children.