U.S. Military Assistance to Countries Using Child Soldiers, 1990-2007
by Rhea Myerscough
The U.S. Department of State’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices discuss the “nature and extent of the compulsory recruitment and conscription of individuals under the age of 18” by all armed groups in every country, and what steps have been taken by the governments of the respective countries to eliminate such practices. Released on March 6, 2007, the State Department’s 2006 human rights reports contain information on past or current use or recruitment of child soldiers as well as on disarmament, demobilization and rehabilitation programs for former child soldiers in 25 different countries.
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