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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.
A case study of children abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army in Teso, eastern Uganda
The research reported here was undertaken with the aim of allowing the voices of children and youth who had been abducted by the armed group the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) to be heard when planning takes place for the reintegration of future returnees from the LRA.
Uganda is party to a number of international human rights treaties related to the recruitment and use of children by armed forces and groups.
"The recruitment or use of children by armed forces and armed groups is a breach of international humanitarian law, a violation of international human rights law and a war crime under international criminal law". Victoria Forbes Adam, Director, International Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, Paris Meeting "Free Children from War", 5 and 6 February.
Uganda was among 58 governments which endorsed the text of the "Paris Commitments" at a conference in Paris on 5 and 6 February.
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.
London, 25 June 2003
The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers today stated that the recent abduction of girls from a boarding school in Lwara, Kabermaido district, Northern Uganda signals a sharp jump in child abduction and recruitment by all parties to the conflict.
"This incident is part of a generalized problem of escalating conflict fuelling unprecedented levels of child abductions and recruitment in Northern Uganda, and now spreading to Eastern Uganda," said Geoffrey Oyat, Coordinator of the Ugandan chapter of the Coalition.
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