This report was prepared in advance of the Committee on the Rights of the Child examination in October 2015 of Pakistan’s fifth periodic report under the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC)
This report summarises Child Soldiers International’s concerns about Pakistan’s implementation of some of its obligations under the CRC, including in relation to:
- The absence of legislation explicitly prohibiting and criminalising the recruitment of children and their use in hostilities by state armed forces and non-state armed groups.
- The continued recruitment and/or association of children with armed groups that receive overt or covert support by state agencies, and the subsequent risk of their participation in hostilities.
- The recruitment and use of children in a variety of roles by non-state armed groups, and the subsequent risk of their participation in hostilities.
- The absence of adequate programs to support the release, recovery and reintegration of children recruited into, or otherwise associated with, state armed forces or non-state armed groups.
- The detention of children suspected of association with non-state armed groups, under counter-terrorism laws.
- The restrictions on access by UN agencies to representatives of non-state armed groups within Pakistan’s jurisdiction, which inhibits the development of action plans to prevent child recruitment and use by them.
The report puts forward specific recommendations for action by the government of Pakistan.
Download this report here.