Governments which continue to violate children’s rights in conflict situations will continue to be scrutinized, despite their objections, according to a senior UN official.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, said her office’s mandate was to be the “voice of the voiceless” and compile reports on child casualties, based on “verified” information, wherever they occur.
In June, Saudi Arabia objected to being listed in a UN annual report on Children in Armed Conflict for military action taken in the on-going civil war in Yemen.
Ms Zerrougui took part in a High Level event at UN Headquarters on the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Children Affcted by Armed Conflict.
She told May Yaacoub why the meeting was so significant.