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Swords into Plowshares is the blog of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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July 14, 2015

Presbytery of Eastern Virginia says "No child soldiers"

photo by Willa Van Camp

A youth group from the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia participated in a seminar on July 7 and 8, 2015.

The group explored why followers of Jesus and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) engage in the public arena and have a presence at the United Nations.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child, the forced displacement of children, the work of UNICEF, human trafficking, and child soldiers were among the topics the group considered.

Group members made Red Hands to join the campaign to end the use of children as soldiers.

 Group members with their Red Hands

The Red Hands ...

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June 30, 2015

Protecting children in armed conflict

by Madeline Bacchus, Sarah Hoyle, and Willa Van Camp

The 7466th Security Council Meeting focused on children and armed conflict. The primary goal of the meeting was to vote on Resolution 2225 which would recognize child abduction, one of the six grave violations of children's rights, as a criteria for inclusion in  the annex of the Secretary-General’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict. The report discusses grave violations that are being committed against children in various parts of the world and includes a list of all the parties cited for committing violations against children in the ...

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June 15, 2015

Act now: human rights of Palestinian children

From our partners in the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness:

Every year, hundreds of Palestinian children—some as young as 12 years old—are detained and arrested in an Israeli military detention system where ill treatment and abuse are widespread.  

Many are taken from their families in night raids, held without charges or due process, and subjected to abuse and poor conditions while in custody. 

Congresswoman Betty McCollum has introduced a “Dear Colleague” letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, urging diplomatic action from the State Department on the issue of human rights for Palestinian children.

Please contact ...

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June 9, 2015

NO to Child Labour—Yes to Quality Education

by Nathan Jumper

World Day Against Child Labour posterThe following statement was made in June 2014 and is attributable to the President of the General Assembly at the United Nations (UN):

Each year on June 12, the United Nations family observes World Day Against Child Labour. 168 million children still engage in illegal forms of labour, mostly in the informal economy and agriculture. Eighty-five million of these children work in severely hazardous conditions. Several millions more are victims of forced labour, commercial sexual exploitation, and other illicit activities.

But in recent years we have made progress. Since 2000, the United Nations has reduced child labour ...

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June 5, 2015

No way to treat a child

No Way to Treat a Child LogoEach year hundreds of Palestinian children are arrested by Israeli forces and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. The United Nations and many human rights groups are concerned by reports from Palestinian children that detail cruel punishments, substandard conditions, and a lack of basic fundamental due process rights in these military courts.

According to the Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem, as of the end of March 2015, 184 Palestinian minors were held in Israeli custody.   B’Tselem notes, “the military law applied in the West Bank…denies them the protections accorded to minors under both international and Israeli ...

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