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UN Votes To Monitor Child Soldiers, Abuses In War

26 July 2005 -- The UN Security Council adopted a resolution today to monitor nations or rebel groups that kill, maim, or sexually abuse children in war zones or recruit them as soldiers.

The resolution reaffirms earlier commitments that the council will consider imposing targeted sanctions, such as a ban on arms exports and imports, against parties that violate international law on the rights and protection of children in armed conflict.

UN figures show that, during the last decade, 2 million children have been killed during armed conflicts and another 6 million have been disabled or injured.

The resolution this year will monitor nations or rebel groups operating in Burundi, Cote d'Ivoire, Congo Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, and Sudan. Next year, the monitoring will expand to Colombia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Uganda.