UNICEF warns that violations of children’s rights in armed conflict have increased

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Friday that this year there would be an increase in general human rights violations by children in armed conflict around the world.

“Year after year, the conflicting parties violently disregard the rights and well-being of children,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

In his view, “Children suffer and die from this insensitivity. Everything must be done to protect these children from harm.”

UNICEF warns that violations of children’s rights in armed conflict have increased
UNICEF warns that violations of children’s rights in armed conflict have increased

The number of confirmed kidnappings was highest in Somalia, followed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Lake Chad Basin countries (Chad, Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger), while sexual violence was higher in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Somalia and the Central African Republic read a new UNICEF report calling for this type of abuse to be prevented and prosecuted.

UNICEF has warned against the use of explosive weapons, particularly in populated areas, “it is an ongoing and growing threat to children and their families”. In 2020, explosive weapons and explosive remnants of war accounted for nearly 50% of all child casualties, resulting in the death and mutilation of more than 3,900 children.

The United Nations has reviewed 266,000 cases of serious violations of children in more than 30 conflict situations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America over the past 16 years.

Afghanistan has had the highest number of child victims since 2005 at more than 28,500, representing 27% of all documented child victims worldwide.

For its part, the Middle East and North Africa region has the highest number of confirmed attacks on schools and hospitals since 2005, with 22 confirmed attacks of this type in the first half of this year.

In October, UNICEF announced that 10,000 children had been killed or mutilated in Yemen since fighting escalated in March 2015, the equivalent of four children a day.

The UN has reported human rights abuses committed by children in countries such as Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Libya, Mozambique and the Philippines.

The report calls on all United Nations member states to live up to their responsibilities towards children by providing them with access to basic services, protecting them from sexual violence and stopping attacks on hospitals and schools.

“Children who live at war will only be safe if the conflicting parties take concrete steps to protect them and no longer commit serious injuries (…) end the attacks on children, defend their rights and seek peaceful political solutions for fight the war, ”said Fore.

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