Harmoniously solve the prevention of recruitment of child soldiers

Articles

Tatmadaw, Myanmar’s military, does not deploy child soldiers and returns underage recruits to their parents or guardians upon verification. To reinforce this stance, the Tatmadaw established the Committee on the Prevention of Recruitment of Child Soldiers on 5 January 2004.
On 27 June 2012, the government and the Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting (CTFMR) signed the Plan of Action on the Prevention of Recruitment of Child Soldiers to remove the Tatmadaw from the UN Secretary-General’s report on child soldiers. Following this agreement, the Tatmadaw has released 1,057 child soldiers, handing them over to their parents in collaboration with UNCTFMR.
Additionally, 120 more child soldiers, including nine identified by CTFMR, will undergo verification for release. Currently, the Tatmadaw recruits new members according to laws and regulations approved by the Committee on the Prevention of Recruitment of Child Soldiers and CTFMR, with CTFMR regularly updated on progress.
A small team meeting between the Committee on the Prevention of Recruitment of Child Soldiers and CTFMR was held on 22 February 2024 to approve the list of recruits. Meanwhile, the government is implementing the People’s Military Service Law, enacted in 2010. Since 10 February 2024, recruitment bodies have been systematically enlisting eligible citizens, ensuring no one under 18 is recruited.
The 2023 UN Secretary-General’s report on children and armed conflict accused the Tatmadaw, affiliated organizations, and people’s militia of recruiting 1,102 children and committing six serious violations. However, the CTFMR only reported the recruitment of nine underage soldiers in 2023. The Tatmadaw contested the UN report, asserting it exaggerated the numbers. The military has sent factual rebuttals to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (UNSRSG), emphasizing the need for fairness in such high-level reports.
Myanmar has sincerely been joining hands with the UN agencies in the prevention of the recruitment of child soldiers for many years. Whenever authorities know what is wrongly recruiting child soldiers, they hand them over to parents and guardians without delay and release information about the progress of work in a transparent manner.
In fact, the United Nations need to release reports on any country righteously and objectively. The report on the prevention of recruitment of child soldiers should not be built on unapproved sources and facts obtained from anti-government groups, rootless accusations and uncorrected figures. As such, the UNSG report should not exaggerate the actions of Tatmadaw, and UN agencies need to join hands with Tatmadaw through a positive approach.

Share this post
Hot News
Hot News
Myanmar border trade with China crosses over US$586M in Q1
MoH Announcement on Severe Diarrhoea Outbreak Control in Yangon Region
Union Industry Minister attends 14th Industrial Expo in Russia
SAC Member inspects regional development activities in Maubin District
DPM MoFA Union Minister pays joint courtesy call on Indian Prime Minister and holds separate talks with Thai, Indian and Bangladeshi Foreign Ministers on sidelines of 2nd BIMSTEC FM Retreat in New Delhi
Myanmar Embassy in Beijing offers alms to monks visiting China
Rehabilitation gaining momentum in Loikaw of Kayah State
MRF executives discuss boosting seller participation in affordable rice scheme
Kayin State to extend revenue spaces
14 July 2024