Tatmadaw hands over 42 child soldiers to parents, guardians

Senior military officers meet youths who have already withdrawn from military units at handing over ceremony of child soldiers.—MNA
Senior military officers meet youths who have already withdrawn from military units at handing over ceremony of child soldiers.—MNA

A ceremony to hand over 42 child soldiers to parents or guardians was held at No 1 Transit Centre, here, on Friday.
Joint Secretary of Committee for Prevention of Recruiting Child Soldiers Brig-Gen Tauk Tun of the office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army) and Resident Representative of UNICEF Mr Bertrand Bainvel made speeches. Officials presented citizenship scrutiny cards for the children and handed over them to parents and guardians.
The military officials sent the children and parents to the care centre arranged by United Nations Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting (UNCTFMR) and Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement. Officials will carry out health care services to be provided to them, contact with parents, assistance for pursuing education, skill tests for seeking jobs, distribution of basic utensils and cash assistance for transport and food on their way back home.
Similar ceremonies were held to hand over 42 child soldiers at No 1 Transit Centre (Yangon) on 3 September 2012, 24 on 15 February 2013, 42 on 7 July 2013, 68 on 8 August 2013, 91 on 1 August 2014, 109 at Myawady Literary House on 25 September 2014 and 80 at No 1 Transit Centre on 24 November 2014.
Myanmar has signed an 18-month work plan with UNCTFMR on 27 June 2012 for prevention of recruiting child soldiers. The term of the work plan was extended to six months on 28 December 2013 and six more months on 28 Jue 2014.
Action was taken against 50 officers and  277 other ranks, totalling 327 for recruiting child soldiers up to the end of 2014.

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