23 Ms EBAMBA BOBOTO Democratic Republic of the Congo said that the recruitment

23 ms ebamba boboto democratic republic of the congo

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23. Ms. EBAMBA BOBOTO (Democratic Republic of the Congo) said that the recruitment of children under the age of 18 years to the armed forces was prohibited by law and that legal proceedings would be taken against anyone breaking that law. 24. Mr. DOEK invited the members of the Committee to ask follow-up questions on the issues already covered, as well as questions concerning civil rights and freedoms, family environment, health and education. 25. Ms. OUEDRAOGO asked whether the Government had considered providing extra support at school for children who failed to reach the required standards, with a view to assisting the rehabilitation of children who had formerly left school to become soldiers. 26. The mere fact that laws existed to protect children, for instance from sexual exploitation, prostitution, sale or abduction, did not always afford them the protection they needed. She asked whether the laws in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were applied correctly and whether they could be strengthened in any way. She would be interested to learn what happened to the criminal records of children who, having been condemned to death, were subsequently pardoned. She enquired whether the sentence was expunged from the record or whether the child remained stigmatized for life. 27. She welcomed the fact that, with regard to the demobilization of child soldiers, the State party offered children the chance to participate in their own rehabilitation. In her view, that was the only way that the process was likely to succeed. 28. Concerning the registration of births, a campaign to raise parents’ awareness might not be sufficient, given that ignorance of the need to do so was not the only factor preventing people from registering births. Other factors might be responsible, such as the registration procedures used or even the distance people had to travel to reach civil registry offices. 29. It was stated in the report that private initiatives had been given responsibility for managing the administration of juvenile justice. She asked whether those initiatives took relevant international standards into account and whether any other progress had been made in that area. 30. It was regrettable that one of the protection measures described in the written replies in the context of the Government’s efforts to promote peace was to assign child soldiers to tasks that did not involve the use of weapons. It meant that children continued to be used in conflicts, whereas the ultimate objective was to ensure that they were kept away from conflict areas.
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CRC/C/SR.706 page 6 31. Ms. AL-THANI asked whether, in view of the extremely high infant mortality rate, standing at 141 deaths for every 1,000 live births, the Government intended to take steps to resolve the problem. In the same context, she asked whether there were plans to combat the rapid spread of serious diseases like tuberculosis, poliomyelitis and meningitis. Although she welcomed the implementation of a national vaccination campaign in collaboration with UNICEF and WHO,
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  • Summer '16
  • Ramon Wawire
  • Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Commercial sexual exploitation of children, Child abduction

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