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- Nigeria: Meningitis Outbreak - Mar 2017
- West Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Nigeria: Lassa Fever Outbreak - Dec 2016
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- Benin/Nigeria/Togo: Lassa Fever Outbreak - Jan 2016
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This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The update additionally provides information regarding the status of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict conclusion negotiations on the Secretary-General’s report on the situation of children and armed conflict in Nigeria.
Recommendations for the Security Council and Member States On October 31, 2017, the UN Security Council will hold an Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict (CAC), to take place under France’s Presidency. At the Debate, the Secretary-General (SG) will present his annual report on CAC (A/72/361–S/2017/821) pursuant to SCR 2225 (2015), covering the period from January 1 to December 31, 2016.
In January, Watchlist conducted a field visit to Nigeria to coordinate with local partners and follow up on its 2014 report Who Will Care for Us? Grave Violations against Children in Northeastern Nigeria. Watchlist visited Abuja and Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and epicenter of Nigeria’s conflict in the northeast, to engage with various partners from national and international nongovernmental organizations, United Nations agencies, and government bodies working on child protection.
Watchlist welcomes the inclusion of Nigeria by the US Department of State on the 2015 list of governments responsible for recruiting or using children in their armed forces, or for supporting militias or other armed groups that used child soldiers during the previous year.
Recommendations to the Security Council
Central African Republic (CAR)
The ex-Seleka coalition and associated armed groups are listed for recruitment and use, killing and maiming, rape and other forms of sexual violence, and attacks on schools and/or hospitals. The antiBalaka is listed for recruitment and use, killing and maiming, and rape and other forms of sexual violence.
In this briefing note, Watchlist highlights abductions of children in situations of armed conflict and the detention of children allegedly associated with armed forces or groups, through examining the Secretary-General’s annual reports from 2002 to 2014.
In early March, Nigeria agreed – with Niger, Cameroon, Chad and Benin – to send an 8,700-strong regional “Multinational Joint Task Force” (MNJTF) to fight Boko Haram which has killed thousands in northeastern Nigeria and has carried out attacks in some neighboring countries.
In 2014, Watchlist documented grave child rights violations including recruitment and use of children by Boko Haram and members of the Civilian Joint Task Force as well as detention of children suspected or found to be associated with Boko Haram.
This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Central African Republic (CAR), Iraq and Nigeria. In particular, this update highlights recommendations regarding forthcoming mandate renewals of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and negotiations on a resolution regarding endorsement of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in response to Boko Haram.
On Wednesday 25th March, the UN Security Council (UNSC) will hold an Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict, which will take place under the presidency of France. The theme of the Open Debate will focus on child victims of non-state armed actors (ANSAs). This will be the first Open Debate to focus on actions and tools Member States may constructively use to end and prevent grave violations against children by ANSAs.
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