The United States has added Pakistan in the list of countries invovled in recruiting child soldiers. it emerged on Friday.
In its report, titled as 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report, the US Department of State has ranked countries in accordance with their efforts agaisnt human trafficking.
The US Child Soldiers Prevention Act requires publication in the annual TIP report of a list of foreign governments that have recruited or used children for any military purpose.
The US state department defines the term “child soldier” as: Any person under 18 years of age who takes a direct part in hostilities as a member of governmental armed forces, police, or other security forces.
Reuters has reported that Turkey have also been added in the list along with the following countries: Afghanistan, Burma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.
Whereas, Congo, Somalia, and Yemen, have remained in the list since 2010, when the CSPA designation was introduced. According to media experts, the listed countries could face several sanctions.
It is the first time that Pakistan and Turkey have been placed on such a list.