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Romania participated at the UN Security Council open debate on children and armed conflict

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The Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations, ambassador Ion Jinga, addressed the United Nations Security Council, on July 9th, at the open debate on children and armed conflict organized by the Swedish presidency of UNSC on the theme “protecting children today prevents conflict tomorrow”.

The Romanian ambassador drew attention to the appalling grave violations of children’s rights in armed conflicts that range from use of children as human bombs to rape and other forms of sexual violence, and from juvenile detention to the denial of humanitarian access: “Children associated with armed forces or armed groups are exposed both to witness and to commit violence, being themselves exploited, injured or killed as a result. These situations deprive them of human rights and educational opportunities, often with severe physical and emotional consequences which dramatically impact their personal development and can affect on a long term the peace and security in the respective countries”.  

Making reference to a recent UN report that verified over 21,000 grave violations of children’s rights, the Romanian diplomat commended the special representative of the Secretary-General, Virginia Gamba, for her efforts that lead to 10,000 children being formally released from armed groups and also commended UNICEF and its partners for reintegrating in communities over 12,000 children.

Underlining that tackling the root causes of conflict and ensuring children’s access to education are key factors for sustaining peace that fosters the future of children on states affected by armed conflicts, Ion Jinga reminded that Romania has endorsed the most important international documents which regulate the principles and actions in this field: the Safe Schools Declaration, the Kigali Principles on the Protection of Civilians, the Paris Commitments and Paris Principles on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups and the Vancouver Principles on Peacekeeping and the Prevention of the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers.

Encouraging all parties to implement the provisions of these initiatives, the Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN reaffirmed Romania’s readiness to continue to work closely with the UN institutions on this issue.

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