Myanmar: Army moves to end underage recruitment

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A notice in Yangon saying the army does not accept underage recruitment.

The army has taken action against 327 soldiers who were involved in underage recruitment last year.

The Tatmadaw is now escalating efforts to remove underage soldiers with 50 officers and 277 non-commissioned ranks facing charges.

The initiative allowed 42 child soldiers to resign on January 23, meaning 418 troops in total have left since last January. Myanmar and the UN agreed in June 2012 to block child recruitment.

Efforts were being made to eliminate minor recruitment, according to UN’s child protection organisation, Unicef.

Myanmar was found to be one of seven countries recruiting minors.

Source: ElevenMyanmar

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