A Central African rebel group’s agreement to release an estimated 1,500 child soldiers is a sign that momentum is gathering in the strife-torn country for all armed groups to soon end the recruitment and use of under-age fighters, a senior United Nations envoy said today.
Displaced civilians in northern Central African Republic (CAR) are facing acute hardship, including a high incidence of child or teenage marriage and widespread use of children as labour, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.
The Central African Republic (CAR) today appealed to the international community to take urgent action to help consolidate peace and prevent fighting following the withdrawal of a United Nations peacekeeping mission.
The Security Council’s Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict has expressed concern over continuing violations of children’s rights in the Central African Republic (CAR) and urged all armed groups in the country to immediately halt the practice.
The United Nations is sparing no effort to assist the Central African Republic (CAR) in confronting serious challenges, including poverty, corruption and impunity, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in that country told the Security Council today.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated the need for international organizations to continue supporting the poverty reduction efforts of the Central African Republic (CAR), one of the world’s poorest nations.
A new United Nations report voices serious concern about the continued recruitment of children by armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) and calls for measures to address the ongoing “protection crisis” in the country.