The UN Security Council adopts a resolution on the protection of education in armed conflict.
The UN Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution on the protection of education in armed conflict.
Resolution 2601, which obtained the unanimous support of the 15 members of the council, strongly condemns all violations of applicable international law involving the recruitment and use of children by parties to an armed conflict, as well as their re-recruitment, murder and mutilation, rape, and other forms of sexual violence and kidnapping, the Xinhua news agency reported.
It also condemns attacks on schools and hospitals, as well as the denial of humanitarian access by parties to an armed conflict and all other violations of international law.
The resolution urges UN member states to develop effective measures to prevent and address attacks and threats of attacks against schools and educational facilities and, as appropriate, develop national legal frameworks to ensure respect for their relevant international legal obligations.
Condemns the military use of schools in contravention of international law and recognizes that use by the armed forces and armed groups can make schools legitimate targets of attack, thus endangering the safety of children and teachers, as well as their education.
Calls on the Member States to protect schools as free spaces from all forms of violence, noting that girls can be the victims of attacks on their education, which can lead to serious violations such as kidnapping and rape and other forms of violence. sexual violence, and urges member states to take measures to address girls’ equal enjoyment of their right to education.
The resolution urges the Member States to stop and prevent the recruitment and recruitment of children by parties to the conflict, inter alia, through quality education provided in a safe environment in conflict zones.
It underlines the importance of providing assistance to children with disabilities who are affected by armed conflict and encourages the Member States to take appropriate measures to ensure equal access to education in the context of armed conflict.
Calls on the Member States to take the necessary measures, within their national jurisdictions, to provide assistance for the continuing education of refugee and displaced children, and calls on national, regional, and international partners to support efforts to include refugees in schools with adequate funding. and specialized support.
It emphasizes the need for the Member States to facilitate the continuation of education during armed conflict, including, where possible, through distance education and digital technology.