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08 Apr 2015 description

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.

25 Mar 2015 description
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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.

25 Apr 2014 description

The 11th Report of the UN Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict (2012) listed 32 persistent perpetrators of grave violations against children– that is, those who were perpetrators for a period of five years or longer -, and proposed measures to increase pressure on these perpetrators to end violations. One of the recommendations focused on action plans, an important tool in preventing and ending violations.

19 Feb 2014 description

On 7 March, the Security Council will be holding an Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict under the Luxembourg Presidency. This will be one of two thematic debates on Children and Armed Conflict in 2014. The second Open Debate is expected to occur in the months following the 13th Annual Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, expected to be published in June.

22 Nov 2013 description

This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of the Central African region / Lord’s Resistance Army, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Yemen and the Philippines. It includes recommendations in particular for the inclusion of grave violations against children as a specific aspect of all reports published by the UN Secretary-General on the situation in Abyei, along the Sudan-South Sudan border.

03 Jun 2013 description

This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Somalia and Sudan (Darfur) as well as the Open Debate on sexual violence in conflict. It includes recommendations in particular concerning Myanmar, currently under discussion in the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict.

02 May 2013 description

The inclusion of children and armed conflict (CAAC) in the agenda of the Security Council is a vital step towards protecting children in situations of armed conflict from some of the most egregious violations of their rights. The successes of the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) have been well documented; to date, a total of 23 action plans have been adopted by 21 parties to armed conflict (two parties having concluded two action plans).