Children continue to pay a high price in today’s global conflicts. The recruitment and use of children remains a hallmark of war and the UN Secretary-General’s 2018 annual report, released in June, listed 56 non-state armed groups and seven state armed forces for recruiting and using child soldiers in 2017.
1. Summary of questions and recommendations
The recruitment of children and their use in hostilities by non-state armed groups has been a serious problem for decades. Despite the scale of the problem, few sustained national and international efforts have been concentrated on tackling this serious concern. In its report A law unto themselves?
Chad’s renewed commitment to implement the Action Plan must be accompanied by tangible actions and strong, sustained UN involvement
London, 25 June 2013
The international community should increase pressure on Chad to end child recruitment before it is allowed to contribute to the UN peacekeeping force in Mali
London, 13 May 2013
The Chadian government should take significant and meaningful steps to fully implement a 2011 Action Plan to end the recruitment of children before Chad is invited to contribute troops to the future UN peacekeeping force in Mali.
This briefing provides Child Soldiers International’s assessment of the implementation of the main commitments of the Chadian government's signed 2011 Action Plan. On the basis of this assessment, Child Soldiers International makes a series of recommendations to the Chadian government to adopt concrete measures to strengthen recruitment procedures, monitoring and accountability.