Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in the Central African Republic (S/2016/133)

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The present report, submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 1612 (2005) and subsequent resolutions, is my third on the situation of children and armed conflict in the Central African Republic. It focuses on the six grave violations committed against children and provides information on the perpetrators and the context in which the violations took place.

The report addresses the devastating effect of the cycles of violence on children in the Central African Republic during the period from January 2011 to December 2015. It provides information on the large-scale recruitment and use of children by armed groups and on the continuing trends of killing and maiming, sexual violence and attacks on schools and hospitals throughout the reporting period. The report also highlights patterns of abduction and the denial of humanitarian access by non-State armed groups and provides information on grave violations against children committed by international forces deployed in the country.

Also set out in the report are a series of recommendations, aimed at preventing and ending grave violations against children in the Central African Republic and at improving measures to protect them.