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UN Welcomes Burma Army’s Release of 96 Child Soldiers

20 January 2014

The release of 96 children from the Burma Army is an “historic step towards ending the recruitment and use of children” by the military, the United Nations said in a statement. According to the statement, posted on the Facebook page of the UN’s information office in Rangoon, Saturday marked the largest group of children and young people to be released form service since the June 2012 action plan agreed between the Burma government and the UN’s Country Taskforce on Monitoring and Reporting on grave child rights violations. It said a further 176 children and young people had already been discharged since September 2012.

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