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International humanitarian law - Children

Children are especially vulnerable in armed conflicts. Despite the protection provided by law, they continue to be recruited by armed forces and armed groups. They are often separated from their families, driven from their homes, killed, maimed, sexually abused or exploited in other ways. Read full overview


  • Preventing the Recruitment of Child Soldiers: The ICRC Approach

    Ensuring respect for the rights of children is a top priority. The ICRC will continue to promote the principle of not recruiting children and support the development and application of IHL, in the hope that one day there will be no more child soldiers, and that humanity and justice will prevail.

    04-12-2008 || Kristin Barstad

  • Optional Protocol on the involment of children in armed conflict to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

    The present paper provides a brief overview of the background to the development of the new Protocol, and examines the first four articles contained therein in the light of other provisions of international law and the position adopted by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

    30-09-2000 | International Review of the Red Cross | Daniel Helle

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