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Rights Groups Fault UN Steps on Children in Wars

Rights groups on Tuesday welcomed U.N. Security Council pledges to crack down on the forced use of children as soldiers but said they feared council plans would not fully protect children caught up in war. At a public meeting, many of the council’s 15 members vowed to ensure the United Nations would continue to “name and shame” countries and groups found to force children to fight their wars and to consider imposing such sanctions as asset freezes and arms embargoes on repeat offenders. But activists said the council needed to protect children in war from a wider range of rights violations, such as rape, and set up a monitoring system to ensure wrongdoing was promptly reported and acted upon. “There are huge holes in the system,” said Kathleen Hunt of the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, an ad hoc coalition of rights groups. Full Story

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