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Press Centre (6/2014)

UNICEF Statement on Reported Child Recruits


ANKARA, 13 June 2014 - Recent reports and statements related to child recruits in the PKK are deeply concerning. 

Recruiting as well as accepting children in armed groups is against international law, which also specifies that child recruits must be regarded as victims and treated accordingly. UNICEF urges that these children are returned to their families immediately. UNICEF stands ready to support the demobilization of these children and their reintegration into their communities.
 
International obligations, in particular the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict and the Convention on the Rights of the Child must be respected. 
 
For more information, please contact:
Séverine Jacomy-Vité, UNICEF Turkey Chief of Child Protection Section, Tel: +90 312 4541000, sjacomyvite@unicef.org
Sema Hosta, UNICEF Turkey Chief of Communications, Tel: +90 312 4541000 shosta@unicef.org 
UNICEF Turkey Country Office, Yukarı Dikmen Mah. Alexsander Dubçek Cd. 7/106, 06450 Çankaya/Ankara. Telephone: +90 312 454 1000 Fax: +90 312 496 1461 E-mail: ankara@unicef.org