Myanmar (Burma)

myanmarrap – Myanmar


50.5 million (18 million under 18)

Government Armed forces


Optional Protocol

not signed

Other treaties


Myanmar (Burma)

Thousands of children continued to be recruited and used in the Tatmadaw Kyi (army) and in armed political groups, as the army continued its expansion drive and internal armed conflict persisted in some areas of the country. Although the government took some steps to address the issue, a formal disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) program was not in place.[1]

Burmese Child soldier

Former child soldiers claim they were forcibly conscripted by the Myanmar Armed Forces (Tatmadaw). Significant changes have reportedly taken place since 2011, in terms of the attitude of the new administration, unprecedented levels of cooperation with UN agencies in initiating comprehensive plans to “dismantle” under-age recruitment, and the returning home of current child soldiers. Meanwhile, comprehensive peace talks between 11 different ethnic groups and the government have yielded tangible results, albeit without a full resolution of conflict issues.

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