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South Sudan signs UN Optional Protocol to ban recruitment and use of children in armed conflict

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South Sudan’s Ambassadors Kureng Garang and Agnes Oswaha formalised the country’s accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC), during a ceremony that took place on the margins of the 73rd General Assembly debates at the UN headquarters in New York on September 27th. This makes South Sudan the 168th country to agree to the OPAC.

The OPAC also includes the commitment that South Sudan will work to demobilise all children under 18 present in the ranks of its armed forces, will provide physical and psychological recovery and help their reintegration.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba welcomed this accession saying that “through the UN’s active engagement with parties to conflict in South Sudan, we are laying the groundwork to improve the protection of boys and girls. Implementation will now be key to bring tangible progress in the lives of children who have been victims of or witnessed unspeakable violence. I also recommend that South Sudan further commits to the Paris Principles and the Vancouver Principles as soon as possible.”

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