2017 Must Be the Year We Bring an End to Systematic Violation of Children's Rights .. All Schools Must Be Safe Havens, Not Theatres of War; DETERMINED GORDON BROWN ON MISSION TO PROTECT WORLD'S KIDS Make Classrooms around Globe Protected Places Stop Youngsters Being Used as Weapons of War Uphold Every Refugee Child's Right to Education Investigate Every War Crime against Children

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2017 Must Be the Year We Bring an End to Systematic Violation of Children's Rights .. All Schools Must Be Safe Havens, Not Theatres of War; DETERMINED GORDON BROWN ON MISSION TO PROTECT WORLD'S KIDS Make Classrooms around Globe Protected Places Stop Youngsters Being Used as Weapons of War Uphold Every Refugee Child's Right to Education Investigate Every War Crime against Children


Byline: JOHN FERGUSON j.ferguson@dailyrecord.co.uk

GORDON Brown has called for International Criminal Court prosecutions for tyrants who have committed years of war crimes against children.

The former PM - now the United Nations' education envoy - also demanded a "new deal" to protect 30million youngsters caught up in 40 bloody conflicts around the world.

Brown made the plea yesterday as the lead speaker at a summit in Brussels. He highlighted war crimes against children in Syria, Iraq, south Sudan, Libya and Nigeria.

In particular, he challenged global institutions not to let the bombing of the Idlib kindergarten complex in Syria by Russian and Syrian troops, which left 30 people dead, "go unpunished".

He said: "With 500,000 children under siege in Syria and Iraq, an International Criminal Court investigation into the abuse of children in Libya, evidence mounting of a war crime committed in October against schoolchildren in Idlib, Syria, and a total of 30million children displaced, 2016 will go down as the year in post-war history when it has never been more unsafe to be a child.

"No child in Syria's conflict zones is safe, not even in hospitals or underground classrooms.

"The evidence grows of war crimes against girls trafficked out of Libya. In Nigeria, millions of girls live in fear of Boko Haram and will not go to school.

"With child marriage, child trafficking and child labour on the rise - and with thousands of girls having vanished on the routes from the Middle East to Europe - it can now be more dangerous to be a girl or a boy out on the streets than a soldier in the trenches.

"International law is being routinely and casually violated with schools - which should be safe havens - becoming theatres of war, and children, who should be in those safe havens, forced into the front line of so many of the world's civil conflicts. …

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