Myanmar armed forces release 24 childrenListen /
The Myanmar Armed Forces have officially discharged 24 children in the capital, Yangon, in line with the Government's commitment to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers.
In a ceremony on February 15th, UNICEF Representative Bertrand Bainvel told the discharged children, "You have not done anything wrong. You are discharged because you were recruited by the army before you were 18 years old, and that is what was wrong."
The release is a welcome step in the implementation of an Action Plan agreed in June 2012 by the Government of Myanmar and the United Nations.
Myanmar is one of 14 countries with armed forces or armed groups identified by the UN Secretary General as committing grave child rights violations.
Beng Poblete-Enriquez, United Nations.