According to the head of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, a new report found that 2,515 children were killed and 5,555 were maimed as a result of global conflicts in 2021.
The report also found that UN officials will investigate the killing and wounding of children in the countries of Ukraine, Ethiopia, and Mozambique.
The United Nations Will Investigate the Killing of Children in Ukraine, Ethiopia, and Mozambique!
In addition, the annual “Children and Armed Conflict” study that was published on Monday confirmed the recruitment and usage of 6,310 children in armed conflicts around the world in 2021.
Abductions, sexual violence, attacks on schools and hospitals, and the withholding of help during times of war were some of the other human rights breaches that were discussed in the report.
According to the findings of the report, the countries with the highest number of verified human rights violations committed against children in 2021 were Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Somalia. Israel and the Palestinian Territories also ranked highly on the list.
According to Guterres, the report for the following year would include evidence of crimes committed against children in the Ukraine, Ethiopia, and Mozambique.
According to Virginia Gamba, the special envoy for children and armed conflict appointed by the chief of the United Nations, the two most concerning violations that have emerged from the fighting in Ukraine are the death and maiming of children as well as attacks on schools and hospitals.
According to Gamba, who is in charge of compiling the yearly UN report, “therefore I believe it’s evident that these two are going to be very high.”
Michelle Bachelet, the head of human rights for the United Nations, stated this week that as of July 3, approximately 4,889 civilians had been murdered in Ukraine, including 335 children, and she emphasized that the actual total is likely to be significantly higher. She did not assign blame for the deaths.
Russia claims that it did not target people during its invasion of neighboring Ukraine on February 24.
Included in the report on children in armed conflict is a “blacklist,” the purpose of which is to publicly humiliate parties to wars in the hope of persuading those parties to implement steps to protect children.
The report has been the subject of debate for quite some time, with some diplomats claiming that Saudi Arabia and Israel applied pressure in recent years in an effort to avoid being placed on a blacklist by the United Nations.
“It is always controversial when this report comes out every year because it comes out listing all the evidence of abuses, deaths, and wounded children in conflicts around the world,” said James Bays, who serves as the diplomatic editor for Al Jazeera.
“It comes out listing all the evidence of abuses, deaths, and wounded children in conflicts around the world.”
“The back of the report contains an annex, which is the blacklist that says which nations and which armed groups are guilty of murdering and wounding children,” he said. “The blacklist details which countries and which armed organizations are responsible for killing and hurting children.”
“And that is the controversial part because you can read the body of the report and what it says about all these conflicts and then you can look at the list, and some of the perpetrators that are mentioned in the report are not on the list,” the author of the report said. “
And that is the controversial bit because you can read the body of the report and what it says about all these conflicts.” Israel’s name has never been on any banned-persons list.
A military coalition that was commanded by Saudi Arabia and was responsible for atrocities committed against children in Yemen was removed from the list in the year 2020, several years after it was initially included on the list.
“The majority of the parties to the conflict in Yemen are included on the list; however, the Saudi-led coalition, which is responsible for the deaths or injuries of one hundred Yemeni children in the past year, is not included on that blacklist,” Bays said.
Even though the report highlights the fact that approximately 86 Palestinian children were killed throughout the year, neither Israel nor any of the Palestinian groups are on the list, he said.
“If you look at the situation regarding Israel and Palestine there, neither Israel nor any of the Palestinian groups are on the list.”
According to the research, Israeli security forces killed 78 Palestinian children, wounded another 982, and imprisoned 637 children in 2021, while in Yemen, the Saudi-led coalition killed and maimed 100 children last year. Israeli forces also detained 637 Palestinian children.
According to what Guterres said in the report, Israel needs to be included on the blacklist “should the situation repeat itself in 2022, without substantive reform.”
He pointed out that there has been a “continuous decline in the number of kid casualties” as a result of the Saudi-led coalition’s efforts in Yemen.
A request for comment on the report was sent to the Israeli and Saudi missions at the United Nations in New York, but none of them immediately responded.