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Burma Still Using Child Soldiers: HRW

29 May 2013

Burma’s armed forces have continued to recruit underage soldiers more than a year after signing an agreement with the UN aimed at ending the practice, according to a report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday. “One year into the Burma-UN action plan, the Burmese military has failed to meet even the basic indicators of progress,” said Jo Becker, HRW’s children’s rights advocacy director. The report notes that on at least four occasions, the Burmese military has reneged on its commitments by refusing the UN access to military facilities to assess the presence of child soldiers.