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Parliamentary questions
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19 February 2018
E-001007-18
Question for written answer E-001007-18
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Alessandra Mussolini (PPE)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Safety of children in conflict zones
 Answer in writing 

According to Unicef, children living in conflict zones have this year been subjected to a considerable number of attacks, while the parties to the conflict have blatantly ignored international laws for the protection of the most vulnerable.

Children have apparently been used as human shields, killed, maimed and recruited to fight. Rape, forced marriage, abduction and enslavement have become common practices in the conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan and Myanmar/Burma.

In Afghanistan, for instance, some 700 children have been killed. In north-eastern Nigeria and in Cameroon, Boko Haram has forced at least 135 children to take part in suicide bomb attacks. In the Central African Republic, a significant increase in violence has led to the death, rape, and abduction of a number of children, as well as their recruitment to armed groups.

Given the above, can the Vice-President/High Representative say whether she is aware of the facts described and what action she intends to take in order to protect the safety of children in war zones, to ensure that international law is enforced to the benefit of this vulnerable category?

Original language of question: IT 
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