6 July 2012 - UNICEF calls for the rights and well-being of children to be made an urgent priority in the development of the country as the one year anniversary of the independence of South Sudan approaches.

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The State Minister of Labor, Public Service and Human Resource Development, Central Equatoria Valentino Kenyi Pitya advocated for establishment of institutions that would directly be concerned with child labor issues.

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The Ugandan rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) remains among the most persistent perpetrators of grave violations against children, says a new United Nations report.

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The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict is alarmed by the recent clashes in the areas bordering Sudan and South Sudan taking a heavy toll on children.

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The Sudanese People’s Liberation Army of South Sudan (SPLA) signed an agreement called an action plan with the United Nations today which renewed their commitment to release all children within their ranks. This new action plan, signed by the Ministry of Defence, the United Nations Peacekeeping in South Sudan (UNMISS), UNICEF, and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, also ensures that all militias currently being incorporated into the SPLA are child-free.

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The Director General of Information in the Republic of South Sudan's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Mr. Mustafa Biong Majak has urged media practitioners to be mindful of children in relation to what they air and publish as children constitute a great number of their audiences.

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The United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan today called on the country’s military to ensure that all child soldiers within its ranks are released after more than 50 teenage soldiers were let go earlier this week.

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The Government of the Republic of South Sudan through the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare in partnership with the International Labour Organization, International Programme on Elimination of Child Labour, and Tackling Child Labour Through Education are working on strategies to monitor and eliminate child labour in South Sudan by fully applying the Child Act, 2008.

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The Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare will bring all South Sudanese children stranded in Khartoum to their motherland within the next 100 days.

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South Sudan has established the first national youth union a month after the region became independent from the rest of Sudan on 9 July.

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