Myanmar frees scores of child soldiers from armed forces: UN
Published on Jan 18, 2014 6:05 PM
YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar's army has freed 96 children and young people from its armed forces, the United Nations said on Saturday, hailing a "historic step" towards ending the use of child soldiers in the formerly junta-run nation.
The move was the largest single release of child recruits since Myanmar's new reformist government and its "tatmadaw" army signed a June 2012 pact with the UN on the issue.
A total of 272 children and young people have been released over the past 18 months as the military has slowed - but not yet completely halted - its use of children.
The release was "an historic step towards ending the recruitment and use of children by the Myanmar Armed Forces", the United Nations said in a statement.
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