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Myanmar: 67 child soldiers released from the ranks of the Tatmadaw

Wednesday 28th of June 2017
Juvenile Justice in the world

The Tatmadaw released 67 children and young people from its ranks on Friday, June 23rd. The release was announced in a joint press release by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and the Myanmar UN Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting (CTFMR) on Grave Violations against Children. 

Since the latter organisation signed the Joint Action Plan (JAP) with the Tatmadaw in 2012, 849 children have been released. The release of these 67 children and young people is the first one to take place in 2017.

“We welcome this discharge by the Tatmadaw along with other measures it has taken to prevent new recruitments and the use of children. It is much more difficult to recruit a child today than it was 4 years ago, recruitment procedures have been centralized, physical checks are strengthened, and assigned military focal points ensure the ranks are aware of the standards” said Bertrand Bainvel, the UNICEF Representative, and co-chair of the UN CTFMR.

The IJJO commends the efforts made by all stakeholders to prevent and eradicate the use of child soldiers in Myanmar, as well as to effectively reintegrate these children into society.

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