22 Sept 2010

UN envoy a landmark day as more nations ban use of child soldiers

UN envoy hails ‘landmark’ day as more nations ban use of child soldiers

“Today is a landmark day for children,” Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, said after three countries either signed or ratified the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict.

The Protocol – one of two that strengthen the Convention on the Rights of the Child – serves to ensure that children will not be forced to fight in war or be pressed into military service.

“Today, you have strengthened a growing moral consensus that war is no place for children,” Ms. Coomaraswamy said at a special event held at UN Headquarters.

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