(Child Soldiers International) – This briefing was submitted to the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict on 22 July in order to provide an assessment of progress made since the 2010 Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as well as recommendations for further actions, with regard to compliance with the 2012 Action Plan to end the recruitment and use of children as well as other grave child rights violations by the armed and security forces of the DRC.

The briefing reveals that notable steps were taken to end the use of child soldiers in the DRC armed forces since the Secretary-General’s previous report , but that child recruitment incidents increased significantly in 2012 due to renewed conflict in the east and have remained high since. The main perpetrators are armed groups (Congolese and foreign).