Three armed groups (Ansar Dine, MNLA, and MUJAO) are listed for recruitment and use and sexual violence against children. On March 29, the SG’s progress report on MINUSMA is due pursuant to SCR 2295 (2016), including on the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation’s implementation. The last progress report on MINUSMA by the SG (SG/2016/1137) fails to include a paragraph specifically dedicated to the grave violations against children. The Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Commission ordered a study on women and children, which took place in December 2016, and was validated on January 31, 2017. The study will serve as basis for child DDR discussions. Armed groups continue to recruit and use children, but security constraints in regions such as GAO have made it difficult for the UN to verify violations. The Security Council should:
France is the lead country on Mali.
This information is based on Watchlist’s Children and Armed Conflict Monthly Update:March 2017
|Mouvement national de liberation de l’Azawad (MNLA)||a,c||a,c||a,c||a,c|
|Mouvement pour l’unicite et le jihad en Afrique de l’Ouest (MUJAO)||a,c||a,c||a,c||a,c|
a: Parties that recruit and use children
b: Parties that kill and maim children
c: Parties that commit rape and other forms of sexual violence against children
d: Parties that engage in attacks on schools and/or hospitals
e: Parties that engage in abduction of children
f: Parties that deny humanitarian access to children
~ This party has concluded an action plan with the United Nations in line with Security Council resolutions 1539 (2004) and 1612 (2005).
* This party has been in the annexes for at least five years and is therefore considered a persistent perpetrator.