Advocacy to end the use of children as soldiers

6a00d83451b5a569e20133f259f035970b-200wi The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joined other religious and human rights groups to contact President Obama last Friday expressing their disappointment with his decision last week to waive sanctions against four countries the State Department has identified as using child soldiers. The countries in question are Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and Yemen. Read more from Foreign Policy online.

Presbyterians also address the issue of child soldiers through the Presbyterian Red Hand Campaign to encourage countries to ratify Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict that bans the use of children under age 18 in hostilities or their forced recruitment in armed conflict.

Ask world leaders to have their countries ratify the treaty .

Check out Presbyterians Say No Child Soldiers. Invite five friends to join you.

Photo by Nancy Eng MacNeill.

Posted by the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.

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