Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed shock at the escalating recruitment and killing of children in conflicts last year — especially in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Somalia and South Sudan.
The U.N. chief’s annual report on children and armed conflict released Thursday said the scale and increasing severity of grave violations included continuing large-scale abduction of children and aerial attacks by some governments and international coalitions which killed and maimed many youngsters.
Ban called on all parties to conflicts to immediately end violations against children and take measures to prevent the recruitment, killing, abduction and sexual abuse of children caught in conflicts.
He warned that combatants who violate children’s rights “will find themselves under scrutiny by the United Nations” and stressed that accountability remains a key priority.
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