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Myanmar ratifies UN protocol on child soldiers

02 October 2019

The Myanmar government has ratified the United Nations protocol on child soldiers, formally committing the country to putting an end to what has been a persistent reality for all sides involved in the Southeast Asian country's long-running armed conflicts.

On 29 September the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Naypyidaw announced that Myanmar's Minister for International Cooperation, U Kyaw Tin, had presented at the UN in New York the Instrument of Ratification to a treaty formally known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (CRC-OPAC).

The protocol was first adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2000 and came into effect in 2002.

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