From: Biniam Tekle (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Aug 03 2011 - 08:33:17 EDT
UN envoy welcomes step on sanctions against violators of children in
2 August 2011 –
The United Nations envoy advocating for the rights of children during armed
conflicts today welcomed the Security Council’s decision to agree to apply
sanctions against any individuals or entities that violate children’s
“Starting today, in Somalia, if you kill, maim, recruit, use or sexually
violate children, or if you attack their schools and hospitals, you can be
sanctioned,” said Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special
Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, in a statement.
“This is one step closer to ending impunity of the worst violators of
children in war.”
Council members approved the tougher measures on Friday as part of a
resolution extending and expanding the mandate of the eight-member UN
Monitoring Group on Eritrea and Somalia.
The sanctions that can apply to individuals or entities which violate the
rights of children include arms embargoes, travel bans and asset freezes.
Ms. Coomaraswamy urged all partners working in child protection, including
the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS <http://unpos.unmissions.org/>),
“to redouble their efforts to gather reliable information on grave
violations against children” so that they can help the Monitoring Group
carry out its work.
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