Yemen: Armed Conflict

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th March 2019.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Saudi Arabian and Emirati counterparts on their reported recruitment and deployment of children from Sudan to take part in ground combat operations in the conflict in Yemen.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of children from Sudan that have been recruited by Saudi Arabian and Emirati forces and deployed in combat operations in the conflict in Yemen.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the telecommunications equipment reportedly used by Saudi Arabian and Emirati forces to direct the operations of Sudanese child soldiers deployed in combat operations in the conflict in Yemen was (a) supplied by UK companies and (b) authorised for export by the UK government.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

I refer the Honourable Lady to the answers I gave to questions 228118 and 228119. We are firmly committed to ending the recruitment and use of child soldiers and to protecting all children affected by armed conflict.

We raise allegations of human rights abuses, including the use of child soldiers, with all parties to the conflict in Yemen. We have been clear that all parties must comply with International Humanitarian Law. We do not hold any specific information relating to the number of child soldiers of Sudanese origins who have been involved in the conflict.

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