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UNSC adopts unanimously resolution on protecting children in armed conflict

The UN Security Council (UNSC) on Monday adopted resolution 2427 aiming to mainstream the protection, well-being and rights of children throughout armed conflicts.

The resolution condemned strongly all violations of international law, including the use and recruitment of children by parties to armed conflict, their killing, raping and other forms of violations.

Sweden, which chairs the UNSC this month, submitted a draft resolution to the council in this regard.

During today’s session, the resolution condemned parties to the conflict for preventing the delivery of humanitarian aid, attacks on schools and all violations of international law against children in armed conflicts.

The resolution admitted that violations of human rights pose an early indication of either the eruption or the escalation of conflict.

The resolution called on member states and UN bodies to mainstream the protection of children in all relevant activities in the context of conflict prevention and post-conflict situations.

It stressed the responsibility of all states to end impunity, and investigate and prosecute those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity and others.

The resolution appealed to member states and the UN bodies to guarantee views of children in programming activities in all stages of the conflict cycle. Meanwhile, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba briefed member states on Secretary General’s report in this regard.

The report stated that there is a growing number of children affected by the armed conflicts across the globe and gross violations they faced during 2017.

The UN confirmed that there were more than 21,000 human right violations against children last year.

Source: Kuwait News Agency