UN vows to take stronger steps against "persistent perpetrators" in abusing children in armed conflicts

09:53, June 17, 2010      

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The UN Security Council on Wednesday voiced its deep concern that some parties persist in committing violations and abuses against children, and expressed its "readiness to adopt targeted and graduated measures against persistent perpetrators," including possible sanctions for breaches of international law by the recruiters of child soldiers.

The 15-nation Security Council made the remarks in a presidential statement adopted at the end of the day-long open debate on children and armed conflict, during which more than 40 representatives took the floor to prevent children from being killed, maimed and raped during armed conflicts in the world at large.

"The Security Council reiterates its equally strong condemnation of all violations of applicable international law involving the recruitment and use of children by parties to armed conflict as well as their re-recruitment, killing and maiming, rape and other sexual violence, abductions, attacks against schools or hospitals and denial of humanitarian access by parties to armed conflict," the statement said.

"The Council condemns all other violations of international law, including international humanitarian law, human rights law and refugee law, committed against children in situations of armed conflict," the statement said. "The Council demands that all relevant parties immediately put an end to such practices and take special measures to protect children."

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