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20 Dec 2017 description

Key events and progress over the financial year

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Central African Republic (CAR) has spiralled into increasing violence in the last year, with up to two-thirds of the country controlled by armed groups.

Thousands of children have been recruited by these groups – often with the support of their families or communities. Demobilising these children is problematic, since the armed groups who recruited them usually belong to the same communities.

08 Sep 2017 description

Walking into a Toronto bookstore Michel Chikwanine glanced up the staircase to see someone inspecting his newly published book, “It was mind-blowing to me that some had actually taken the time to read it,” he recalls of the encounter in 2016.

04 Sep 2017 description

Millions of children around the world will head back to school this week, but there are many others who will not and thousands who will be soldiers not students this September.

The prospect of getting ready for a new school year – preparing pencil cases, books and backpacks – will be a distant thought for countless children in many conflict-ridden countries.

03 Jul 2017 description

This report was prepared in advance of the Committee on the Rights of the Child's 77th Pre-Session Working Group, where it will be examining Guatemala's implementation of its obligations under the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC).

Our core recommendations to Sri Lanka are:

01 Jul 2017 description

This report was prepared in advance of the Committee on the Rights of the Child's 78th Pre-Session Working Group, where it will be examining Algeria's implementation of its obligations under the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC).

Questions arising directly from the Committee's previous concluding observations on Algeria are as follows, recommendations are provided for in the report.

01 Jul 2017 description

Angola ratified OPAC in 2007, ILO Convention 182 on Worst Forms of Child Labour in 2001, and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child in 1992. It has endorsed the Paris Principles and Commitments on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups and the Safe Schools Declaration.

Angola signed the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 1998 but as of July 2017 has not ratified it.

Recommendations

The state party should:

30 Jun 2017 description

This report was prepared in advance of the Committee on the Rights of the Child's 77th Pre-Session Working Group, where it will be examining Guatemala's implementation of its obligations under the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC).

Our core recommendations to Guatemala are:

19 Jun 2017 description
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Raped then rejected: The girl soldiers of Congo

New report reveals cycle of violence and rejection suffered by former girl soldiers in Democratic Republic of Congo and hears why some are re-joining armed groups

• Majority of girl soldiers interviewed were sexually abused by soldiers
• Up to 40% of child soldiers in DRC are girls, but of thousands released by the UN only 7% were girls
• Stigmatisation, family rejection at home causing some to re-join armed groups

02 Jun 2017 description
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An Open Letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres

As organizations working to protect the rights of children in armed conflict, we are dismayed by your reported decision to “freeze” any new additions of parties to conflict that commit grave violations of children’s rights to the annexes to your 2017 annual report to the United Nations Security Council on children and armed conflict. We urge you to reconsider, and issue an updated list with your report, including all perpetrators responsible for patterns of grave violations against children in 2016.

14 Mar 2017 description

On February 8, the UN General Assembly held an informal meeting marking the 20th Anniversary of Resolution 51/77 (1997) on the promotion and protection of the rights of children. This resolution established the mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (SRSG-CAAC). In his opening remarks, President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, called the resolution “a landmark development in our global efforts to improve the protection of children in conflict situations.” A high-level panel discussion was moderated by SRSG-CAAC Ms.

14 Nov 2016 description

[14 November 2016] – Staying in school protects girls from recruitment and other grave violations by armed groups, says Child Soldiers International in a new report published today. Research conducted by the organisation in 2016 shows that many girls who joined armed groups in eastern DRC did so because they had been forced to drop out of school.

About a third of the 150 girls interviewed during the research had voluntarily joined an armed group, and almost half of them had joined because they could no longer pay their school fees.

31 Aug 2016 description

Child Soldiers International submits this short shadow briefing to the Committee to highlight violations of the rights of children affected by armed conflict in Cameroon, according to relevant articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (the CRC). As Cameroon has signed (2001) and ratified (2013) the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC), where applicable, this briefing refers to Cameroon’s obligations under this treaty. It does not, however, attempt to constitute a full OPAC shadow report.

30 Jun 2016 description

Child Soldiers International compiled this submission on the USA's compliance with the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed Conflict (OPAC).

The report includes questions and recommendations on its enlistment age; safeguards and consent; participation in hostilities; recruitment in schools; criminalisation; protection; recovery and reintegration; and arms exports and military assistance.

23 Jun 2016 description

Child Soldiers International presented this report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in June 2016. It describes progress made by the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in preventing child recruitment and providing reintegration assistance to girls formerly associated with armed forces and armed groups.

08 Jun 2016 description

Secretary-General’s De-Listing Opens Door to Political Manipulation

(New York) – The United Nations secretary-general should immediately return the Saudi-led coalition to his “list of shame” for violations against children in Yemen, Human Rights Watch and 19 other organizations said today in a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

30 Apr 2016 description

Les défis de la démobilisation et réintégration des enfants associés aux groupes armés en République centrafricaine

Etat des lieux du recrutement d'enfants en Centrafrique, en particulier des défis de la démobilisation et de la réintégration des enfants associés aux groupes armés, dans un contexte où la plupart des enfants ont été associés à des milices d’autodéfense et restent dans leurs communautés sous l’influence de ces commandants, même après la démobilisation.

31 Mar 2016 description

The Afghan National Police (ANP) including the Afghan Local Police (ALP) and three armed groups including Taliban forces are listed as persistent perpetrators in the 2015 Annual Report of the UN Secretary-General to the Security Council on children and armed conflict for the recruitment and use of children.

30 Mar 2016 description

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?