Dozens of youths freed from Myanmar army: UN
YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar's army has freed 68 children and young people from military service, the United Nations said on Wednesday, calling for a "mass release" of child soldiers in the formerly junta-run nation.
The release is the biggest such move since the UN signed an agreement on the issue in June 2012 with Myanmar's reformist regime and "tatmadaw" army, which for years recruited children to bolster its ranks.
In a little over a year, 176 children and young people have been discharged from the military, which has decreased - but not yet stopped - the recruitment of children to the armed forces.
"The time has come for the mass release of all children from the Myanmar armed forces," Shalini Bahuguna, deputy representative for UNICEF in Myanmar, said in a statement.