More than 8,500 children were used as soldiers in 2020, according to United Nations – National
More than 8,500 children were used as soldiers last year in various conflicts around the world and nearly 2,700 more have been killed, the United Nations said on Monday.
UN Chief Antonio Guterres’ annual report to the Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict covers the murder, mutilation and sexual abuse of children, kidnapping or recruitment, denial of access to l ‘aid and targeting of schools and hospitals.
The report verified that violations were committed against 19,379 children in 21 conflicts. Most of the violations in 2020 were committed in Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.
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He verified that 8,521 children were used as soldiers last year, while 2,674 other children were killed and 5,748 injured in various conflicts.
The report also includes a blacklist intended to humiliate parties to conflicts in the hope of pushing them to implement measures to protect children. The list has long been controversial, with diplomats claiming that Saudi Arabia and Israel have both lobbied in recent years to not be on the list.
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Israel has never been listed, while a Saudi-led military coalition was taken off the list in 2020 several years after it was first named and humiliated for killing and injuring children in Yemen.
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In order to lessen the controversy surrounding the report, the blacklist published in 2017 by Guterres was divided into two categories. One lists the parties that have measures in place to protect children and the other includes the parties that have not.
Few significant changes were made to the lists released on Monday.
The only states parties named on the list for failing to put measures in place are the Burmese army – for the killings, mutilation and sexual violence against children – and the Syrian government forces – for the recruitment of children, murders, mutilations and sexual violence against children and attacks on schools and hospitals.