UN says Tatmadaw releases 53 more children in Myanmar

Myanmar’s notorious army, Tatmadaw frees 53 more underage soldiers, bringing total number of children released this year to 146

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Myanmar flees 53 more child soldiers

Myanmar government released 53 more children from the country’s army forces as part of its effort to end child recruitment, the United Nations said on Monday.

Myanmar’s notorious military, known as Tatmadaw, deforce children without their will.

The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, Renata Lok-Dessallien said in a statement that "today's release is the result of continued efforts of the Government of Myanmar and the Tatmadaw to put an end to the harmful practice of recruiting and using children."

"I am delighted to see these children and young people returning to their homes and families. We are hopeful that institutional checks that have been put in place and continued efforts will ensure that recruitment of children will exist no more," she added.

Tatmadaw have released 688 children, including 146 liberations of this year since it reach an agreement with the UN which has determined the outline of a joint action plan to end child recruitment in Myanmar.

Besides the military, many rebel groups have been fighting with the army appeal to recruit children, according to Lok-Dessallien.

Seven of the groups were taken down on the UN Secretary-General’s list, being described as "persistent perpetrators" in the recruitment and use of children in their operations.

“We call on all those listed in the Secretary-General report to commit to end the recruitment and use of children, and welcome the opportunity to work with them to bring lasting peace in Myanmar,” said Ms Lok-Dessallien.  

The release of children came shortly after the human rights groups accused Myanmar’s army for major displacements, sexual harassment and arbitrary homicide during a military offensive against ethnic rebels in six villages of Shan State.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that 1,200 people, including 500 children, have been displaced so far due to ongoing battles between the government and ethnic rebels in the Kachin state.

TRTWorld and agencies