(SCR) – This is Security Council Report’s (SCR) eighth research report dedicated to tracking the UN Security Council’s involvement with the issue of children and armed conflict. This report covers key developments during 2016 and through mid-October 2017. It pays particular attention to the role of the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, with an […]

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(AP) – A network of organizations seeking to protect children in conflict urged U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday to add 11 parties to the blacklist of countries and armed groups responsible for grave violations against children. The Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict’s recommended additions included the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen, which was taken off […]

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(Human Rights Watch) – Members of the Burundi ruling party’s youth league, the Imbonerakure, have brutally killed, tortured, and severely beaten scores of people across the country in recent months, Human Rights Watch said today. The killings and other ill-treatment reflect the widespread impunity for Imbonerakure members and the government’s unwillingness to prosecute or rein in […]

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(The Guardian) – When Burundi descended into violence and political turmoil last April, Jean-Pierre was one of many children tricked into becoming fighters. The 17-year-old ended up in an adult prison, but Unicef has since helped to secure his release. He is now attending a re-education centre, a safe haven in a country where children have […]

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(Al Jazeera) – Jean-Pierre* is almost indistinguishable in the blur of schoolchildren. Only as he approaches, among a group of boys, clasping a book to his chest, does his unusually immaculate uniform come into focus.   Link

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(Refugees International) – Refugees International is deeply concerned that the civilian and humanitarian character of asylum in Rwanda is being undermined. Specifically, refugees from Burundi claim they are being recruited into non-state armed groups as part of a systematic campaign involving both Burundian and Rwandan nationals. The activities they describe potentially amount to grave violations of international […]

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(UN News Centre) – After the crisis in Burundi left 17 children dead and many more injured, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today warned that the future of Burundian children are being compromised due to escalating violence in the country. “Children must not pay the price for the crisis in Burundi,” said UNICEF’s Regional Director in […]

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(RPA) – Les associations de défense des droits de l’homme dénoncent les mauvaises conditions  de détention de 51 mineurs incarcérés à la prison de Rumonge. Ces mineurs sont détenus dans la prison pour adulte au lieu d’être dans le centre de rééducation des mineurs en conflit situé non loin de cette prison. Ces mineurs ont été capturés […]

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