Grave Violations

Recruitment and use
children (15 boys, 13 girls)
Killing and maiming
(5 killed – 17 maimed; 15 boys – 7 girls)
Sexual violence
child (1 girl, 0 boys)
(5 schools, 0 hospitals)
children (2 boys, 0 girls)
verified incidents

*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. Violations that occurred in previous years but were verified in 2021 have been included in the totals above.

Developments & Concerns


  • Signature by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the United Nations of the strategic plan to prevent and respond to grave child rights violations in situations of armed conflict in June 2021 and call for its implementation.
  • Efforts by the Council for the Welfare of Children to ensure the timely intervention and reintegration of children associated with armed groups or detained for alleged association.
  • Issuance by the Philippine National Police of its child protection policy to prevent grave violations against children.
  • Training of 3,139 child protection actors by the Government on the Act and its Protocol.
  • Incorporation of the protection of children in situations of armed conflict in the Bangsamoro Children’s Code in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
  • Establishment of a regional reporting system on grave violations in Northern Mindanao by the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.


  • Increase in the number of cases of the recruitment and use of children, and by ongoing grave violations, in particular the killing and maiming of children and attacks on schools and threats against school personnel.


To the Government:

  • To pursue the implementation of its child protection policies, including its national policy framework of 2019 on learners and schools as zones of peace.
  • To endorse the Principles and Guidelines on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups (the Paris Principles), the Safe Schools Declaration and the Vancouver Principles.

To All Parties:

To All Parties:

  • To end and prevent violations and reiterate the call to  armed groups to engage with the United Nations to adopt measures, including action plans to end and prevent violations.