The information below is based on the Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict (A/72/865–S/2018/465) issued on 16 May 2018.
Lanta Island, Krabi Province, Southern Thailand. Photo: UNICEF.
Sporadic clashes between security forces and armed groups, as well as attacks by armed groups on civilian targets, continued in Thailand’s southern border provinces.
Development and Concerns
The security situation further improved in the southern border provinces in 2017, and the Secretary-General is encouraged by the cooperation on child protection issues between the Government and various partners, including the United Nations. The Government is urged to take appropriate measures to prevent future violations, including by inviting the United Nations to conduct regular monitoring of grave violations against children, and to enable programmatic prevention activities in the southern border provinces, as well as by including child protection concerns in its ongoing talks with armed groups.
he Secretary-General welcomes the ongoing peace dialogue between the Government and armed groups and encourages all parties involved to include the protection of children and schools in discussions.
2017 Recorded Figures
Killing and Maiming: the United Nations documented the lowest number of children killed (1) and injured (16) in the past 14 years. Incidents resulted from attacks with the use of improvised explosive devices and shooting.
Attacks on Schools: no attacks on schools were perpetrated, according to data from the Ministry of Education.