Child Recruitment Statistics in Tindouf Camps Raise Concerns at the UN: Brazilian Media

The issue of child recruitment in the Tindouf camps in Algeria, as well as in other parts of the world, continues to draw attention and concern at the 65th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, held in Geneva from June 18 to July 12.

In this context, The Brazilian newspaper Jovem Pan reported that a recent Human Rights Council report highlights alarming statistics of child recruitment worldwide, particularly in Latin American countries like Colombia and in African regions such as the Tindouf camps in Algeria, where children are exploited as human tools and trained to use weapons.

The newspaper pointed out that terrorist organizations, such as IS, are attempting to expand into several countries to establish training centers and recruit children. The UN report indicates a rise in these abusive practices in many parts of the world.

According to Jovem Pan the UN report presents troubling statistics about the number of children recruited in the Tindouf area, south of Algeria. These children face abuses, being forced to bear arms and join organized gangs from a young age, violating their basic rights to safety and education.

The report also documents the inhumane conditions faced by children in the Tindouf camps, describing them as "illegal detention centers." It condemns the repeated human rights violations, including deprivation of nationality, military exploitation, child recruitment, and cases of sexual slavery.

The Brazilian newspaper quoted Swiss diplomat Daniel Hainer, who emphasized the urgent need for Europe to take action against child recruitment, given its past experiences with wars. He warned about the security threat posed by child soldiers.

Hainer, according to the same source, called for immediate measures to eradicate this scourge, which experts unanimously agree is necessary to ensure peace and security for future generations. They stressed the collective responsibility to protect the most vulnerable groups and to ensure that no more children are forced to bear the burden of armed conflicts.

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