Human Rights Watch: Children in the Ranks
Use this link to run the video: Children in the Ranks - US: Cut Military Aid to Governments Using Child Soldiers An estimated 250,000 children, some as young as eight years old, are serving in armed conflict. Children serve as spies, messengers, porters, and too often, as front-line combatants. Many female child soldiers are forced to serve as sex slaves to military commanders. Human Rights Watch is a leading voice against the use of child soldiers worldwide. Human Rights Watch co-founded the International Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and helped lead the international campaign for a UN treaty to ban the use of children in armed conflict. Over 110 countries, including the United States have ratified this treaty. After months of consultation from Human Rights Watch, Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) have introduced The Child Soldiers Prevention Act. Yesterday, Senator Durbin chaired a Senate hearing on child soldiers, where he used a video produced by HRW (featuring the acclaimed author of A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah) to make a compelling case for the bill. Of 10 governments worldwide implicated in the recruitment or use of child soldiers, 9 currently receive US military assistance. If passed, the Act would restrict US military financing, training, and weapons transfers to governments involved in the recruitment or use of child soldiers. Please take action today: Watch the video above to learn more about the Child Soldiers Prevention Act Contact your elected representatives and urge them to lend their support Send this page to friends and family and encourage them to take action With your help we can take the world one step closer to completely stopping the use of child soldiers.
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