End the Use of Child Soldiers in the Burmese Army

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Target: Vice-Senior General Soe Win

Goal: End the use of child soldiers in the Burmese military.

The government of Burma has failed to make significant progress in ending its program of recruiting child soldiers a year after signing an agreement to with the UN to do so. The Joint Action Plan signed by Burma and the UN in 2012 was a commitment made by the Burmese government and military to end the use of children in the armed forces by December 2013. Despite clear benchmarks, the government has so far failed to fulfill the obligations set forth in the Joint Action Plan. They should face international pressure for these failures.

The International Labor Organization has verified 770 cases of underage recruitment from April 2009 through December 2012, including some children as young as 10. Only 66 children have since been released from government forces in the six months since the Joint Action Plan was signed into effect and January 2013. On four occasions the military has not allowed the United Nations to access military facilities in order to assess the presence of child soldiers.

The government has also attempted to institute programs in which the enlistment age of 18 can be lowered to 16 as long as that individual has had 10 years of education. The military has obviously failed to address the problem of child soldiers in their ranks. By not doing so the government has put their children at great risk. Sign this petition and demand that the Burmese military adhere to the Joint Action Plan set forth by the United Nations.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Vice-Senior General Soe Win,

Your government must adhere to the Joint Action Plan set forth by the United Nations in order to cut down the number of child soldiers in your military. Your government must therefore allow the UN to access all military establishments in order to monitor and verify compliance with the plan. I ask that you also accelerate efforts to get current child soldiers out of the military.

By not following the Joint Action Plan your government is putting itself at risk of further sanctions by the international community that were just recently lifted. The presence of child soldiers in your ranks is a direct violation of their human rights. Please adhere to the UN Joint Action Plan and move your country forward.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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