Myanmar: All parties must immediately halt child recruitment and use
July 6, 2015

(Child Soldiers International) – The Myanmar military and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) should immediately end the recruitment and use of children under the age of 18 years and release all those recruited under-18 within their ranks, Child Soldiers International said in new research released today. Research conducted by Child Soldiers International shows that ongoing conflict between the Myanmar military (the Tatmadaw Kyi) and the KIA has spurred the demand for both sides to continue to recruit children into their forces. Fresh disagreements between the government and negotiators from the ethnic armies have generated pressure on the peace process.

 

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South Sudan promises probe into claims girls raped, burnt alive
July 5, 2015

(AFP) – South Sudan’s government said Sunday it was investigating United Nations allegations that its troops raped then burnt girls alive inside their homes during recent fighting in the country’s civil war. In a report released on Tuesday, rights investigators from the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said the 18-month-old war had seen “new brutality and intensity”, including gang rape, torture and gruesome murders. “We have read the report and these egregious acts could only have been carried out by egregious individuals. Our army punishes with impunity any acts that deviate from the normal conducts of war,” South Sudan’s military spokesman Philip Aguer said in a statement.

 

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Briefing: Ongoing underage recruitment and use by the Myanmar military July 2015
July 2, 2015

(Child Soldiers International) – For more than ten years, Child Soldiers International has documented the widespread recruitment and use of children as soldiers in Myanmar. We have conducted in-depth investigations on the drivers and patterns of recruitment and use of child soldiers by both the Myanmar military and non-state armed groups, which were published in Chance for Change: Ending the recruitment and use of child soldiers in Myanmar in January 2013, Under the Radar:Ongoing recruitment and use by the Myanmar army in January 2015 and A Dangerous Refuge: Ongoing child recruitment by the Kachin Independence Army in July 2015.

 

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A Dangerous Refuge: Ongoing child recruitment by the Kachin Independence Army
July 2, 2015

(Child Soldiers International) – Child Soldiers International conducted research in Kachin state in June 2014 and found evidence of ongoing child recruitment. While much of the recruitment is formally voluntary, ongoing coercive recruitment also takes place. Despite stating its commitment to comply with international law and stop the recruitment and use of children in hostilities, the KIA has not implemented this in practice. This report offers a set of recommendations, which, if implemented, would contribute to ending and preventing the practice of underage recruitment within the ranks of the KIA.

 

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Syria’s ‘disastrous’ conflict fuelling child labour and exploitation across region, warns new UN report
July 2, 2015

(UN News Centre) – Much more needs to be done to reverse the trend of an ever increasing number of children forced to work as a result of the conflict in Syria often “carrying heavy loads, being exposed to pesticides and toxic chemicals, and working long hours,” according to a joint report released today by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children.“Syria’s children are paying a heavy price for the world’s failure to put an end to the conflict”, says a joint press release issued on the report in Amman, Jordan. “The report shows that inside Syria, children are now contributing to the family income in more than three quarters of surveyed households, In Jordan, close to half of all Syrian refugee children are now the joint or sole family breadwinners in surveyed households, while in some parts of Lebanon, children as young as six years old are reportedly working,” the agencies said.

 

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Yemen’s children suffer collective trauma
July 1, 2015

(Al Jazeera) – A collective trauma both physical and emotional is being visited upon the country’s children on an unprecedented scale in Yemen, where the health system has been decimated by war. It is a wound, aid workers say, that grows deeper by the day, as hundreds of children have been killed, and millions have been exposed to the threat of easily preventable diseases. “The tragic result is that children are going to die of diseases like measles and pneumonia that would normally be preventable,” said Dr Peter Salama, with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

 

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First African signatory to the Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict
June 30, 2015

(Geneva Call) – On 30th June 2015, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-Sudan (SPLM (Sudan)) signed Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment for the Protection of Children from the Effects of Armed Conflict, and became the first African armed non-State actor (ANSA) to commit to child protection through this tool.The signing ceremony took place in Geneva, following several meetings and work sessions between representatives of the ANSA and Geneva Call’s staff to discuss the concrete implementation of the obligations under this Deed. The SPLM (Sudan) is committed to prohibit the use of children in hostilities, ensure that children are not recruited into or forcibly associated with armed forces, release or disassociate children in safety and security, protect children from the effects of military operations, and do their best to provide children with the aid and care they need, in cooperation with specialized child protection agencies.

 

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Yemen: Unlawful Airstrikes Kill Dozens of Civilians
June 30, 2015

(HRW) – Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces have carried out airstrikes killing dozens of civilians in Saada City, in northern Yemen, since April 2015 in apparent violation of the laws of war, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The coalition should investigate all alleged laws-of-war violations and provide compensation and other redress to civilian victims as appropriate. The 47-page report, “Targeting Saada: Unlawful Coalition Airstrikes on Saada in Yemen,” documents a dozen airstrikes on the Houthi stronghold that destroyed or damaged civilian homes, five markets, a school, and a petrol station, though there was no evidence these sites were being used for military purposes. These strikes killed 59 people, reported to have been civilians between April 6 and May 11. At least 35 children were among those killed.

 

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UNICEF: One in ten children endure conflict
June 30, 2015

(DW) –  The UNICEF report entitled “Children between the Frontlines” and unveiled in Berlin on Tuesday said that 230 million children were subjected last year to severe human rights violations in 23 conflict regions around the world. The trauma was especially severe in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, it said. Children were also exposed to extreme violence in the Palestinian areas, Libya and Yemen. Hardship was considered prevalent for children in Afghanistan, Somalia and Sudan, too.

 

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Millions of children in war-torn Yemen at risk of disease and malnutrition – UNICEF
June 30, 2015

(UNICEF)The ongoing conflict in Yemen is having a devastating impact on the country’s health system, and exposing millions of children to the threat of preventable diseases, says UNICEF. “Children are not being vaccinated – either because health centres do not have electricity or the fuel they need to keep vaccines cold and distribute them, or because parents are too frightened by the fighting to take their children to receive vaccinations,” said Dr Peter Salama, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “The tragic result is that children are going to die of diseases like measles and pneumonia that would normally be preventable. ”According to UNICEF, the interruption in vaccination services is putting an estimated 2.6 million children aged under 15 at risk of contracting measles – a potentially fatal disease that spreads rapidly in times of conflict and population displacement.

 

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