MEDIA ADVISORY

12 February 2020: Red Hand Day Event to stop the use of children in armed conflict

What: Government officials will meet with representatives of the National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Committee (NDDRC), the group of friends of Children and Armed Conflict, UNMISS, UNICEF, Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative and civil society organizations to celebrate the International Day against the use of child soldiers and rally support against the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict.

Who:  

  • Hon Regina Joseph Kaba, Deputy and Acting Chairperson NDDRC
  • General Gabriel Jok Riak, Chief of Defence Forces, SSPDF
  • First Lieutenant General Majak Akec, Inspector General of Police, SSNPS
  • Lieutenant General Atem Marol Biar, Inspector General of Police in charge of General Training
  • Major General Michael Majur Aleer Deng, Chief for General Training, SSPDF
  • Representatives of UNMISS, UNICEF, Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative and civil society organisations

When: Wednesday 12 February 2020 10:00 – 12.00 (local time; GMT+3)

Where: NDDRC, Conference Room, DDR Drive (Next to USAID residence)

Why: February 12, marks the International Day against the use of Child Soldiers, also known as the Red Hand Day. The symbol of the red hand is used to call for a stop in using children in armed conflicts. People around the world have been holding events on Red Hand Day to draw attention to the fact that children continue to be recruited into armed forces and armed groups and to advocate for it to come to an end. To mark the day, a symbolic event will be organized in the premises of the National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Committee (NDDC) in Juba. High level government officials and major stakeholders will print their red hand on a banner to confirm their commitment to end the use of child soldiers in South Sudan. This Red Hand day celebration is timely as the Government signed last week an Action Plan to end and prevent all grave violations against children, including the recruitment and use of children in armed conflicts.

We invite media to attend this event.

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