Highlights of 2014 include a comprehensive report on the impact of grave violations against children committed by Boko Haram and civilian defense groups in northeast Nigeria. The Security Council responded to our call for increased attention to this issue. During an Open Debate of the UN Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict, 11 states condemned the mass abduction of over 200 children from Chibok, and 4 states raised the possibility of expanding the UN’s Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism’s “trigger” violations to include abductions of children, thus paving the way for a Council resolution on the topic in 2015. Finally, Watchlist published a widely disseminated paper proposing a UN policy prohibiting listed Government forces from contributing troops to UN Missions, and continues to raise this point with senior UN leadership.

Read more in Watchlist’s 2014 Annual Report.