Today the Gabonese Republic, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Malawi became the latest Member States to sign or ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict at Treaty Event coinciding with this year’s General Assembly session.
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Thursday, 02 September 2010 07:32

SUDAN: South Sudan to end use of child soldiers

 

The army in Southern Sudan has pledged to demobilise all child soldiers by the end of the year.

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Rape is one of the world’s greatest peace and security challenges, a senior United Nations official said today, adding that rape in times of conflict remains one of the least-condemned war crimes, leading to impunity for perpetrators.

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Representatives of the United Nations and the Sudanese opposition movement, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), will sign an historic Agreement on the protection of children in the Darfur conflict on Wednesday 21 July.

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Two senior United Nations officials today urged an immediate halt to the recruitment and use of child soldiers in Somalia, where they say the practice is growing and affects children as young as nine years old.

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