Children and Armed Conflict

Security Council urges countries to factor child protection into conflict prevention efforts

Countries have been urged to mainstream child protection into the policies they introduce aimed at preventing conflict, in line with a Security Council resolution adopted on Monday.

Increase in cases of violations against children in 2017

More than 10,000 children were killed or maimed due to conflict last year, according to an UN report, including shocking examples of girls being used as “human bombs” by Boko Haram terrorists, and attacks on schools and hospitals.  Virginia Gamba, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, presented the report’s findings.

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News in Brief 27 June 2018

  • Rise in number of children killed, maimed and recruited in conflict: UN report
  • UN Syria envoy warns that south-west offensive could echo destruction of Aleppo
  • One million Ethiopians displaced since early June by communal violence: UN
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News in Brief 29 May 2018

  • Mediation for Afghanistan’s violent offenders ‘fails women’
  • Mali’s children ‘bear heaviest brunt’ of conflict, says UNICEF
  • Saudi arrests of civil rights defenders ‘perplexing’: UN rights office
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News in Brief 13 March 2018

  • Children in eastern Ghouta likely victims of war crimes
  • UNHCR issues new protection guidance for fleeing Venezuelans
  • Possible “crime of genocide” in Rakhine state
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News In Brief 27 February 2018

  • 30-day cessation of hostilities in eastern Ghouta “a question of life and death”
  • UN calls for “unconditional release” of missing Nigerian schoolgirls
  • Situation in Myanmar “beyond the comprehension of many outsiders”
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“Be serious about resources” for reintegrating child soldiers: UN expert

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict has bemoaned the call of the international community to integrate child soldiers into society without providing the necessary financial resources.

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World ‘failing to stop the war on children,’ says UNICEF Middle East, North Africa director

Describing January as “a dark month” in crisis-torn Middle East and North Africa, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) director for the region said Monday that the violence has had a devastating toll on children, who were being killed in ongoing conflicts or suicide attacks, or freezing to death as they fled active warzones.

News in Brief 28 December 2017

Terrorist attack in Kabul another ‘despicable crime’ in a year already marked by unspeakable atrocities: UN Mission

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Child protection “part and parcel” of UN peacekeeping operations

More than 5,000 child recruits were freed from armed groups last year thanks to the efforts of UN peacekeeping missions, a senior official with the world body has reported.

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