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Risking their Health – Children in the Armed Forces
Tuesday 18th October, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Speakers include: Joe Glenton (Afghanistan veteran, author of ‘Soldier Box’, and journalist) Sally Slotowitz (a psychologist, and an author of the report, David Gee (Author of ‘Spectacle, Reality and Resistance: Confronting a Culture of Militarism and UK Coordinator of Child Soldiers International)
This is the launch of Britain’s only public health report into the long term health impacts of the British military’s recruitment of children. The UK is the only country in Europe to recruit 16 year olds and the only permanent member of the UN Security Council to recruit under 18s into the armed forces. It faces pressure from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the UK’s Joint Committee on Human Rights and many other organisations to raise the recruitment age to 18, the age of majority.
** Directions from Brighton Station: Exit Brighton train station by the main entrance and walk down the footpath straight ahead. You’ll pass several bus stops on the right and then join a high street with shops on either side called Queens Road. Go down Queens Road and take the third left onto Church Street. As you’re going down Church Street, cross over and walk on the right hand side of the road. After 5 minutes the follow the pavement as it bends round to the right, and carry on past the traffic lights. Cross over at the next set of traffic lights and carry on down the road. There will be a park on the right and an unobstructed view of Brighton Pavilion. When you see this, you will be just outside the Humanities building.