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CRC Shadow Report Burma: The Plight of Children Under Military Rule in Burma

By Child Rights Forum of Burma  •  April 29, 2011

The Child Rights Forum of Burma (CRFB) is submitting the following report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child for its review of Burma. Children in Burma face numerous challenges to their survival and development. For the majority of children access to basic rights such as health care, food, education, protection from abuse and exploitation are almost non-existent.

CRFB wishes to bring to the Committee’s attention information regarding the following children’s rights violations by the State Party, all of which impede their chances of development and survival: the denial of health care and an adequate standard of living;

  • the denial of free and accessible education, and discrimination in access to education;
  • pervasive and widespread child labour and forced labour, including portering in the army;
  • a failure to protect children from sexual exploitation and trafficking;
  • a failure to accord special protection to children affected by armed conflict, including from ongoing violations of international humanitarian law by the armed forces;
  • the recruitment and participation of children in armed conflict;
  • the denial of rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly;
  • arbitrary arrest, detention and torture, and denial of the rights to a fair trial.

Click here to download the report.

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