Middle East

Saving Yemen's death row children


Yemen’s death row houses not just adults but children awaiting execution. Tonight's Dateline follows the fight to save them.

On tonight's Dateline at 9.30pm on SBS ONE, Fouad Hady reports from Yemen's death row… housing not just adults but children awaiting execution, sometimes for crimes they were forced to confess to.

Inside the prison, he hears their desperate stories and witnesses the battle unfolding as UNICEF staff race against time to save their lives.

But it could actually be other children who hold the key to justice and democracy in Yemen…

The country's Children's Parliament is now in its 12th year and has proved a formidable force in calling Yemen's leaders to account on issues such as child labour, early marriage and juvenile justice.

Its young politicians have already stopped three executions of underage prisoners, but they won't rest until all children are assured the rights they deserve.

See Fouad's remarkable story tonight at 9.30pm on SBS ONE, plus read more now on the Dateline website.