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UN urged to add Afghan forces as a violator of child rights

Published:Tuesday | March 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres.


A network of organisations seeking to protect children in conflict is calling on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to add Afghan government forces to a UN blacklist for attacks on medical facilities and personnel that have led to the death and suffering of children.

The Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict says in a report launched yesterday that Afghan forces, the Taliban, and other combatants carried out more than 240 attacks on medical facilities and personnel in 2015 and 2016.

It says that the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces committed at least 35 of the attacks.

The report says that the attacks have damaged and destroyed facilities and led to the looting of medical supplies, stealing of ambulances, and intimidation, detention, and killing of medical personnel, which has severely affected children.