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The UN verifies 26,425 grave violations against children in armed conflicts in 2020

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NEW YORK: The United Nations verified at least 26,425 serious violations against children in armed conflict during 2020, including cases of murder, recruitment and sexual violence, a report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres revealed on Monday.
“In 2020, the situation of children in armed conflict was marked by a high and sustained number of serious violations,” the report says. “The United Nations verified 26,425 serious violations, of which 23,946 were committed in 2020 and 2,479 were committed before, but only verified in 2020.”
The highest number of violations was the recruitment of some 8,521 children, the murder of 2,674 and the mutilation of 5,748 children, as well as more than 4,000 incidents of denial of humanitarian access, according to the report.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen have witnessed the highest number of serious violations against children.
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