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(Kinshasa, 26 February 2010) Mai Mai militias have been among the most prolific recruiters of children in eastern Congo in recent years, yet virtually nothing has been done to lessen the vulnerability of boys and girls from exploitation by these groups, stated the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers today.
In eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where child soldier recruitment and use is an entrenched feature of ongoing armed conflict, Mai Mai are among the most prolific recruiters and users of children. The Mai Mai - a collective term referring to a range of local militias - may not be as militarily or politically significant as other armed groups in the region, but they have been active throughout the Congo?s two wars and since.
Dans l'est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), où le recrutement et l'utilisation d'enfants soldats sont une caractéristique profondément ancrée du conflit armé persistant, les Maï Maï font partie des groupes qui recrutent et utilisent le plus grand nombre d'enfants. Les Maï Maï - terme collectif désignant un ensemble de milices locales - ne sont peut-être pas aussi importants sur le plan militaire ou politique que d'autres groupes armés de la région, mais ils ont été actifs tout au long des deux guerres du Congo et depuis lors.
(Kinshasa, 26 février 2010) Les milices Maï Maï figurent parmi ceux qui, au cours de ces dernières années, recrutent le plus grand nombre d'enfants dans l'Est du Congo.
Enhanced Protection Urgently Needed Due to Disastrous Toll on Civilian Populations
(Goma, October 13, 2009) - The Congolese government's military operation in eastern Congo, Kimia II, backed by United Nations peacekeepers and aimed at neutralizing the threat from a Rwandan Hutu militia group, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), has resulted in an unacceptable cost for the civilian population, said 84 humanitarian and human rights groups in the Congo Advocacy Coalition today.
The coalition urged diplomats and UN officials, who are due to meet in Washington, …
Il faut renforcer de toute urgence la protection des populations civiles durement touchées
(Goma) - L'opération militaire Kimia II menée par le gouvernement congolais dans l'Est du Congo, appuyée par les soldats du maintien de la paix des Nations Unies et visant à contrer les Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR, milices hutues rwandaises), a entraîné un coût inacceptable pour la population civile, ont déclaré aujourd'hui 84 groupes d'aide humanitaire et de défense des droits humains constituant la Congo Advocacy Coalition.
La coalition a exhorté les …
As you prepare for the forthcoming Security Council debate on children and armed conflict, the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers (the Coalition) would like to draw your attention to a number of key issues.
The Coalition welcomes the continued efforts of the Security Council to protect children in situations of armed conflict. This has contributed to some important progress. However, the impact is still to be felt by many tens of thousands of children who are, or are at risk of becoming, child soldiers.
This briefing is presented in advance of the Working Group's consideration of the second country report on children and armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It is intended to complement presentations by members of the DRC Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers (DRC Coalition) during a meeting with members of the Working Group on 17 July 2007. Not all the issues discussed fall under the Working Group's mandate to address abuses against children affected by armed conflict under Security Council Resolution 1612.
Kampala, 2 août 2005 - La Coalition pour mettre fin à l'utilisation des enfants soldats dans la région des Grands Lacs a appris avec grande consternation les assassinats de Pascal Kabungulu Kibembi, secrétaire exécutif de l'organisation « Héritiers de la Justice » à Bukavu, et de Baderha Kwabene de l'organisation PADELU au territoire de Mwenga au Sud Kivu. Les deux victimes étaient membres de la Coalition nationale des ONG travaillant pour la protection des droits des enfants dans les conflits armés en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC).
Kampala, 2 August 2005 - The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers for the Great Lakes region was shocked to learn of the murders of Pascal Kabungulu Kibembi, Executive Secretary of the organization "Héritiers de la Justice" (Inheritors of justice) in Bukavu, and Baderha Kwabene, of the organization PADELU in Mwemba territory, South Kivu. The two victims were members of the DRC's national coalition of non-governmental organizations working on the protection of children from armed conflict.
New Global Report Finds Child Soldiers In Over 20 Conflicts Worldwide
LONDON - Governments are undermining progress in ending the use of children as soldiers, said a coalition of the world's leading human rights and humanitarian organizations in a newly published report.
The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers today released the most comprehensive global survey of child soldiers to date.
London, 16 January 2004 - Children continued to be used as soldiers, sexual slaves, labourers, porters and spies throughout 2003 in both newly-erupting and longstanding conflicts, according to a report released in the run-up to the United Nations Security Council's fourth open debate on children and armed conflict.
The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers today called on African governments and armed groups to implement commitments to stop child soldiering. "The Day of the African Child is not only a celebration of progress towards child rights; it is also a time to remember the tens of thousands of child soldiers caught up in conflicts across Africa," said Casey Kelso, Coalition coordinator.
Jean-Marc de Sablière
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Today several non-governmental organizations unite in a call for the United Nations Security Council at its open debate on children and armed conflict to take immediate action to protect children's security and rights in armed conflicts around the world.
NOW IT'S TIME TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS
New York City - The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers today released a 195-page report listing those governments and groups that use and recruit child soldiers, in advance of an upcoming United Nations Security Council debate on children and armed conflict.
"This report is a 'list of shame' for the armed groups and governments using boys and girls in their conflicts in defiance of international standards," said Casey Kelso, Coalition Coordinator.
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