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53 child soldiers released in Myanmar

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  1 Dec 2015 12:00 AM GMT

y Pyi Taw, November 30: Myanmar has released 53 more child soldiers who were recruited and used in military service, bringing the total number of such children discharged in 2015 to 146, according to an official statement on Monday. Since June 2012, when the Myanmar government committed to ending the recruitment and use of children in its armed forces by signing a Joint Action Plan with the UN, 699 children have been released by the army, the UNICEF statement said. “Children don’t belong in the military, and all parties have the duty to end children’s suffering from ongoing conflicts in Myanmar,” said Reta Lok-Dessallien, the UN resident and humanitarian coorditor in Myanmar and co-chair of the UN Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting (CTFMR) on grave violations against children. In addition to the armed forces, seven armed groups in Myanmar were med on the UN Secretary-General’s list of parties to conflict who recruit and use children in 2007, Xinhua news agency reported. (IANS)

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