by Floriana Polito
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Caritas together with Franciscans International, Pax Romana and Action de Carême held a side-event to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 16 March entitled “Human Rights Violations in DRC: Responsibility of the Human Rights Council to provide effective responses”.
Fr. Pierre Cibambo, International Liaison officer for Africa at Caritas Internationalis, was invited to take the floor on the phenomenon of child soldiers.
He focused on effective demilitarization, demobilization and reintegration programmes implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo to stop these grave violations against children.
“A Child’s place is in a school, not in armed groups” said Fr. Cibambo, “There should be zero tolerance on child soldier recruitment. No impunity should be allowed”.