Home | News    Saturday 28 June 2014

South Sudan still using child soldiers, says UN envoy

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

June 27, 2014 (BOR) – South Sudan is among world nations still using children among its armed forces, Leila Zesrrougui, the United Nations special representative to the secretary-general for children and armed conflict said.

JPEG - 13.5 kb
A South Sudanese army (SPLA) soldier holds his rifle near an oil field in Unity state on 22 April 2012 (AP)

While Addressing reporters in Bor, the Jonglei state capital on Friday, Zesrrougui, however, said the government pledged to release all children from its army (SPLA).

"These are my words to everyone: we are children, we are not soldiers, we belong to schools, we don’t belong to battle field, and we don’t belong to an army”, said the UN envoy, who globally campaigned for the release of children from the armed forces.

She said children should be completely demobilised and permanently settled in schools as efforts to achieve peace in the country continue.

"We need to build peace and address the root causes of the crisis, and more importantly to a hold those who committed crimes accountable", said Zesrrougui.

"I launched campaign in March 2014, to end this recruitment, South Sudan signed the action plan with the United Nations to release all the children and to return them to the community and to stop the recruitment", she added.

A special envoy for the United Nations, Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on Tuesday described as unacceptable reports that about 9,000 child soldiers were recently recruited and used in South Sudan’s ongoing conflict.

“We cannot accept the use of child soldiers,” said Forest Whitaker.

“Children are essential to building a peaceful future, but they cannot do so if they are subject to the physical and psychological abuse of being used in conflict", he added.

The Jonglei governor, John Kong Nyoun, while meeting the UN special envoy, pledged commitment to restore confidence among communities in the aftermath of the rebellion, wrongly perceive as a tribal warfare.

Meanwhile, South Sudan government and its army formally renewed on Tuesday commitment to the action plan signed in 2012 with the UN to end the recruitment and use of children in government armed forces and other grave violations against children.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


An Alternative National Dialogue: Sudan’s last chance for sustainable peace and Unity 2014-08-30 06:18:14 By Suliman Baldo August 29, 2014 — Last week, with much fanfare and renewed hope on the part of Sudanese citizens, the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) for Sudan and South Sudan, (...)

A critique of the IGAD protocol for peace in S Sudan 2014-08-30 05:53:03 “A critique of the IGAD protocol on agreed principles on transitional arrangements towards resolution of the crisis in South Sudan” By David de Chand August 29, 2014 - First and foremost of all, (...)

IGAD failure to delivering peace for South Sudan! 2014-08-30 05:43:48 By Jacob Odong August 29, 2014- The East African Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is concluding a plan to allow for what they are calling a unity government for South Sudan. If (...)


MORE








Latest Press Releases


National Dialogue in Sudan: Past experiences and current challenges 2014-08-27 06:18:22 Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) Since independence, Sudan has undergone a number of national peace agreements, some of which were observed and honored for short periods, others which were (...)

A new approach to the National Dialogue will stop war and lead to democracy in Sudan 2014-08-22 06:50:30 A New Approach to the National Dialogue in Sudan that will Stop the Wars, Address the Humanitarian Crisis and Lead to Democratic TransformationChatham House, London on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (...)

Friends and Diaspora of South Sudan urge leaders to choose peace 2014-08-19 20:29:59 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Esther Sprague, Founder & Director, Sudan Unlimited 415.713.2495, esprague11@yahoo.com FRIENDS AND DIASPORA OF SOUTH SUDAN URGE LEADERS TO CHOOSE PEACE UNSC (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2014 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.