Posted by: africanpressorganization | 13 August 2008

Chad / Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General


 

Chad / Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General

 

NDJAMENA, Chad, August 13, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In his latest report on children and armed conflict in Chad, the Secretary-General blames continued and worsening instability in the Central African region for a sharp deterioration in conditions for children.  All warring parties continue to recruit and use children in Chad, a country where only 10 per cent of all births are recorded.  Meanwhile, girls remain victims of rape and other sexual violence.  The situation is noticeably worse for girls employed as household aides outside camps for the internally displaced.

 

In conclusion, the Secretary-General urges all parties to the conflict in Chad to comply without delay with relevant Security Council resolutions and to halt grave child rights abuses.  He also appeals to the Government of Chad to fully cooperate with the UN Task Force on Children and Armed Conflict.  He advises the Government to criminalize the recruitment and use of children under domestic laws and prosecute those responsible of such practices.

 

SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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