KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The subject of children in armed conflict will be a priority issue Malaysia will pursue as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), said the country’s permanent representative to the UN, Datuk Hussein Haniff.
He said Malaysia welcomed the report by the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children in Armed Conflict and commended the noble campaign of ‘Children, Not Soldiers’ launched by the special representative and Unicef.
“We recognise that this is an ambitious undertaking, but we hope the campaign will succeed in ending the recruitment and use of children by government armed forces in conflict by 2016,” he said. Hussein said this in his address on Agenda Item 64: Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children of the Third Committee, in New York on Friday. The text of his speech was released yesterday.
On violence against children, he said poverty, income inequality, political stability and conflict were among some of the many factors that had been identified that could increase the risk of violence. “No violence against children is justifiable, thus there is an urgent need for international partnership to address the root causes of this problem, and for a mechanism to be put in place to stop and prevent violence against children,” he said.