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Action plan to help conflict hit children

  

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction today formally launched an action plan to rehabilitate children affected by insurgency.

Sadhu Ram Sapkota, joint secretary at MoPR, said the plan is not limited to child combatants but all children who have been affected by the conflict.

The plan is based on the Interim Constitution and Comprehensive Peace Accord that calls for an end to violations against children, including recruitment of persons under the age of 18.

According to National Human Rights Commission Report, more than 500 children lost their lives, around 40,000 displaced, and more than 8,000 orphaned or separated from their families in the course of armed conflict since February 1996.

The plan has been developed in collaboration with national and international NGOs, in agreement with international standards, including the Paris Principles which provide specific guidelines on disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of children associated with armed groups.

The ministry is also working to collect the statistics of children affected by the conflict and is providing community-based reintegration programme.

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