25-year-old children and armed conflict: taking steps to protect children in war

Geneva, June 28, 2022 –

“Hello. It’s a pleasure to be with you.

UNICEF is releasing a big new headline today 25-year-old child and armed conflict : Taking measures to protect children in war A. This report coincides with the 25th year of the SRSG’s order on child and armed conflict.

Our report analyzes 16 years of data on serious violations of children’s rights in conflict situations from 2005 to 2020, to show the impact of armed conflict on children around the world and over time. To give an idea about the scale of the problem: in a decade – from 2010 A. By 2020, there was an increase 185 % Serious human rights violations against children in conflict situations have been investigated.

The report examines how the information on recorded samples of grave violations is used to meet the needs of children. It examines how parties to conflict – state and non-state actors – can end and prevent serious violations of children’s rights.

Children continue to suffer the wounds of war

Our analysis shows that they have been in favor of conflict for decades and support those who influence them As well as powerful mechanisms for monitoring, reporting and responding to serious rights violations – children continue to suffer the brunt of war. Every day, girls and boys living in conflict zones endure unspeakable horrors that no one should ever feel.

I want to share with you some key results from the report:

Between 2005 and 2020, the UN verified More than a quarter of serious violations against children by conflicting parties in more than 30 years Conflict situation in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. This represents a surprising average of 71 verified serious violations against children per day.

There are more than 104 of them 000 Children killed or mutilated, over 93 000 Children recruited and used by the conflict party and at least 25 people 700 Children abducted by the parties to the conflict.

Also, parties to the conflict have committed rape, forced marriage, sexual exploitation and other serious forms of sexual violence against at least 14,200 children. And the United Nations has verified about 14,000 cases of school and hospital attacks.

I must emphasize that these numbers represent only a fraction of the alleged violations, as access and security restrictions prevent reporting, documentation, and verification of serious violations.

Furthermore, it is important to highlight that the annual number of verified violations has gradually increased since 2005, exceeding 20,000 in one year for the first time in 2014 and reaching 26,425 in 2020.

Between 2016 and 2020, 82% of all verified child harm occurred in only five situations: Afghanistan, the state of Israel and Palestine, Syria, Yemen and Somalia.

Children often experience multiple violations

It is also important to remember that many children experience multiple violations, which increases their vulnerability. For example, kidnappings often combine or lead to other violations, such as recruitment and use and sexual violence.

As part of the report’s recommendations, UNICEF continues to call on the parties to the conflicts listed in the UN Secretary-General’s Annual Report on Child and Armed Conflict to develop and implement action plans that take long-term and strong action to protect children. Violations and their effects. This action plan can play an important role in bringing about positive change for children.

In addition to urging parties to the conflict and states to respect their obligations under international human rights law and humanitarian law, The report includes provisions for care and response services for children, data collection and consolidation, and monitoring recommendations.

Many children still need our help

UNICEF staff, in collaboration with other UN agencies and partners, collectively and verify information on serious violations in order to better understand and respond to the needs of children and family survivors. We engage in dialogue with those responsible for violations, with the specific goal of preventing and eliminating new violations.

These efforts have yielded precise results for children. In this case, From years 2000, Per Minus 170 000 The children have been released from the armed forces and groupsMany of them have survived multiple violations – including kidnapping or sexual violence.

Many children still need our help. This is why we need to continue collecting these stories even in dangerous situations. And that is why we must continue to talk and talk, especially when children, families or witnesses are unable to do so.

Thank you and happy to answer your question. A

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