BRIEF - Burma Army discharges 96 child soldiers

The Burmese army freed 96 child soldiers on Saturday, in the fifth such discharge since the Burmese government signed onto a 2012 UN Joint Action Plan to eliminate all minors from the military. State-run New Light of Myanmar reported that each was granted discharge and citizenship documents, and will shortly be admitted into rehabilitation and reintegration programs administered by the UN country task force and Burma’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement. A total of 272 soldiers recruited as minors have been released since the UN pact, though some of those became adults before their discharge.