Present Conclusions on the parties to the armed conflict in the DRC At its 19th

Present conclusions on the parties to the armed

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Present Conclusions on the parties to the armed conflict in the DRC At its 19th meeting, on 19 December 2008, the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict examined the report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (S/2008/693), which was introduced by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. The Permanent Representative of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations participated in the subsequent discussion. They expressed grave concern regarding the high number of child soldiers remaining in armed groups and the reports of new recruitments; the high number of children killed and maimed intentionally; the major issue of persistent widespread sexual violence, noting the extremely high rate of cases in the Kivus; abductions; the increase in attacks against schools and hospitals; and the fact that impunity still prevailed in most cases. They also expressed their concern regarding the deterioration of the situation of children in some regions of the country, notably in the provinces of North and South Kivu. Finally, they expressed the wish for enhanced cooperation between the Child Protection Section of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the authorities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to better address child protection challenges in the country. The Working Group agreed to address messages to all the parties to the armed conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, in particular the ‘ Congrès national pour la défense du peuple’ (CNDP), the ‘ Forces démocratiques de liberation du Rwanda’ (FDLR), Mai-Mai armed elements and the ‘ Coalition des patriots résistants congolais ’ (PARECO), as mentioned in the report of the Secretary-General, through public statements by its Chairman on behalf of the Working Group. The permanent representative to the DR Congo reaffirmed the commitment of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to fully cooperate with the Working Group and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and to implement the recommendations of the Secretary-General and the conclusions of the Working Group, taking also into account the Principles and Guidelines on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups (Paris Principles) xxi . Conclusions and Recommendations Recruiting children to be child soldiers is not uncommon, even girls are not spared. Children have been used as tools of war throughout history, serving as spies, porters and sexual slaves. The situation appears to be worse in the DR Congo due to long civil war considered to be the bloodiest war after WWII, with different factions recruiting and using children in an unparalleled way. The results of such acts have led to the death of millions of children, and have 10
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rendered thousands handicapped. Female victims face stigmatization due to rape as well other sexually transmitted diseases they may have attracted- a situation that will generate grave consequences all their lives. As a result of the efforts of the United Nations, the world now
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  • Summer '16
  • Ramon Wawire
  • United Nations , Democratic Republic of the Congo

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