UNICEF Statement on Reported Child Recruits
ANKARA, 13 June 2014 - Recent reports and statements related to child recruits in the PKK are deeply concerning.
Recruiting as well as accepting children in armed groups is against international law, which also specifies that child recruits must be regarded as victims and treated accordingly. UNICEF urges that these children are returned to their families immediately. UNICEF stands ready to support the demobilization of these children and their reintegration into their communities.
International obligations, in particular the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict and the Convention on the Rights of the Child must be respected.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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