Myanmar Progresses Towards Armed Forces Without Children
The UN in Myanmar is pleased to share with you a press release from the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children in Armed Conflict: http://childrenandarmedconflict.un.org/press-releases/myanmar-progresses-towards-armed-forces-without-children/.
The full Report was presented to the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict in New York yesterday by Ms Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict and can be found on http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=S/2013/258
The Report covers the period of 2009-2013 and details grave violations committed against children in armed conflict by the Armed Forces and non-State armed groups in Myanmar, including the recruitment and use of children.
The Myanmar Country Task Force on monitoring and reporting on grave violations of child rights in armed conflict was established in 2007 under the mandate of Security Council Resolution 1612, and is co-chaired by Mr Ashok Nigam (UN Resident Coordinator) and Mr Bertrand Bainvel (UNICEF Representative). It comprises of UN agencies and international Non-governmental organizations. The Country Task Force continues to work closely with the Government of Myanmar, local and international actors as well as the Office of the Special Representative to ensure that children are no longer used or recruited in the Armed Forces or non- State armed groups in Myanmar and that other grave child rights violations are halted. In this regard, the Country Task Force encourages the Government and non-State armed groups to fully implement the recommendations of the Secretary-General in his latest report.
For more information, please contact:
Hagar Russ, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Myanmar +95-1-375527-32 (Ext: 1501), firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com
Sandar Linn Communication Officer, UNICEF Myanmar, +95-1-375527-32 (Ext: 1439), firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com