NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE
The Secretary General of the Celtic League has written to the First Minister of Wales to express concern about military recruitment in schools.
The move comes as the Welsh Assembly plan to consider the issue.
Similar correspondence is to be targeted at leaders in the other Celtic countries.
Dear First Minister Carwyn Jones
Armed Forces School Recruitment
Following the final report of the Welsh Assembly Government’s Petition Committee published in June 2015, on their consideration of the petition Stop the Army Recruiting in Schools (P-04-432) submitted by the Fellowship of Reconciliation Wales, I would like to urge you to accept the Petition Committee’s recommendations in full, because they provide a reasonable approach, at the current time, to providing a solution to the situation.
Of particular concern to our organisation is the disproportionate effort made by the armed forces to target schools in Scotland, Wales and the north of Ireland, despite the fact that the population of these three countries account for almost a quarter of the school visits by the armed forces, although they have only 16% of the UK population of the UK. It is clear that school children in these Celtic nations are being deliberately, unfairly and purposefully targeted for recruitment by the military, contrary to the spirit behind which the United Nations Convention (UNCRC) on the Rights of the Child is based and in contravention of a number of articles in the Convention. How is your government monitoring the disproportionate recruitment of school children by the armed forces in Wales?
We will be writing to the governments in the other Celtic nations to enquire what they are doing to ensure that appropriate action is being taken to uphold the spirit of the UNCRC in relation to the targeting of school children into the UK armed forces.
Petition Committee Members”
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