Children and Armed Conflict: UN Report

Context: The United Nations has removed India from its annual report-‘Children and Armed Conflict’ , citing “measures taken by the government to better protect” them. Key Findings of ‘Children and Armed Conflict’: UN Report:
  • Globally in 2022, children continued to be disproportionately affected by armed conflict.
  • 2,496 Children were detained for actual or alleged association with armed groups including those designated as terrorist groups by the United Nations.
Reasons for Removal of India from ‘Children and Armed Conflict’ Report:
  • The Centre introduced various policies and institutional changes since 2019 such as:
    • Implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act in letter and spirit.
    • Establishment of Child Welfare Committees, Juvenile Justice Boards, Child Care Homes.
    • Creation of a Jammu and Kashmir Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
    • Improved legal and administrative framework for the protection of children and improved access to child protection services in Chhattisgarh, Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha and Jammu and Kashmir.
News Source: The Hindu

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