Child Soldiers International submits this short shadow briefing to the Committee to highlight violations of the rights of children affected by armed conflict in Cameroon, according to relevant articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (the CRC). As Cameroon has signed (2001) and ratified (2013) the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC), where applicable, this briefing refers to Cameroon’s obligations under this treaty. It does not, however, attempt to constitute a full OPAC shadow report. This briefing is based on a desk study of available research and interviews with representatives of non-governmental organisations and UN agencies.
In accordance with the CRC, this briefing focuses on the obligations of the State Party. In so doing, Child Soldiers International does not ignore the widespread and extremely grave human rights abuses committed by non-state actors in Cameroonian territory, including against children, and condemns these in the strongest possible terms.
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