The information below is based on the Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict (A/76/871-S/2022/493) issued on 11 July 2022.
123 children (98 boys, 25 girls)
70 children (31 killed, 39 maimed; 45 boys, 25 girls)
9 (6 schools, 3 hospitals)
16 (11 boys, 5 girls)
Developments & Concerns
Continued progress in initiatives aimed at preventing child recruitment and use and sexual violence by armed groups, such as programmes entitled “Súmate por mi” (Join Up for Me), which was continued in 209 municipalities.
Efforts to continue demining and mine risk education activities.
Ensured 180 children (126 boys, 54 girls) who were separated from armed groups entered the protection programme of the Colombian Family Welfare Institute. The Institute is also providing training to the Colombian armed forces on child rights.
Efforts to investigate and prosecute perpetrators, including members of the Colombian armed forces.
Continued increase in the number of grave violations against children, notably in the cases of recruitment and use and abduction of children by armed groups.
Recommendations For the Government:
To endorse the Safe Schools Declaration and to end the military use of schools.
To continue demining and mine risk education activities.
To ensure that adequate programmes are accessible to all survivors, including child-friendly and safe reporting and response mechanisms.
To All Parties:
To immediately end violations, unconditionally release children and adopt measures to end grave violations.
To take all necessary measures to protect children during operations.
To end and prevent sexual violence by all parties.