June 2022 – In a statement delivered at a virtual side event during the 15th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict reflects on protecting the rights of children with disabilities in armed conflict.

Watchlist highlights the disproportionate and grievous impacts of armed conflict on children and how children with disabilities remain largely invisible in the available UN data and reporting on children and armed conflict. It details how children with disabilities are often at greater risk during attacks and face greater barriers than other groups accessing basic services and humanitarian assistance.

Watchlist provides recommendations to governments, the UN, and their partners, to urgently take concrete steps to protect the rights and wellbeing of children with disabilities in armed conflict.

Read the statement here.