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Paper presented by the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers at the International Interdisciplinary Conference on Rehabilitation and Reintegration of War-Affected Children
22-23 October 2009 - Brussels, Belgium
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.
The Child Soldiers Coalition welcomes today's verdict by the Special Court for Sierra Leone against Alex Tamba Brima, Brima Bazzy Kamara and Santigie Borbor Kanu for, among other charges, the enlistment of children under the age of 15 and using them to participate actively in hostilities. The judgment confirms that children were recruited into the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), one of the parties to the conflict during Sierra Leone's 11 year civil war.
West Africa is one of the regions in the world most seriously affected by the practice of child soldier recruitment.
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, 1 June 2004 - The International Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers today welcomed a historic court decision that confirmed the recruitment and use of child soldiers as a crime under international law even when and where the International Criminal Court's powers do not apply.
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.
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.
ANGOLA: UNITA CHILD SOLDIERS SURRENDER
From Child Soldiers Issue 3/MARCH 2002 child soldiers
Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers - EMBARGOED FOR TRANSMISSION UNTIL 1400 HRS GMT 12 JUNE 2001
The proposed Special Court for Sierra Leone should prioritise the prosecution of those who have recruited children as soldiers rather than child soldiers themselves, said the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers.
The broad purpose of this conference has been to take stock of what has been achieved over the past five years, to mark where we are now, and to look ahead to the challenges of the future.