Somali security forces have kicked off a five-day training program on human rights and child protection in Mogadishu, the AU mission said on Tuesday.
The training organized by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) aims at enhancing compliance with the International Human Rights Law.
Simon Mulongo, deputy special representative of the chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, called for concerted efforts to stem the recruitment of child soldiers, especially by militant groups.
Some 25 personnel from the Somalia National Army (SNA) and the Child Protection Unit of the Ministry of Defense are attending the course, with the view of turning them into focal persons on human rights and child protection at their places of work.
Jihan Hassan, the Director General of Somalia’s Ministry of Defence, reiterated the commitment of the Somali government to stop the recruitment of child soldiers.
The training will shed light on basic rules and principles of the laws of war and will especially be crucial during joint military operations between SNA and AMISOM as part of preparations for planned military activities. Enditem