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Title:Children under International Criminal Law
Author:Du Plessis, Max
Year:2004
Periodical:African Security Review
Volume:13
Issue:2
Pages:103-111
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
Sierra Leone
Subjects:international criminal law
children's rights
child soldiers
Law, Human Rights and Violence
international relations
Military, Defense and Arms
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10246029.2004.9627290
Abstract:This paper outlines the norms that exist, both under human rights law and humanitarian law, in respect of children who are caught up, whether as civilians or combatants, in armed conflict. It was only with the rise of the international human rights movement, more especially under the aegis of the UN post-1945, that there has been a sustained effort to provide legal protection to children in armed conflicts. This effort culminated eventually in the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, which includes additional protections that pertain specifically to the treatment of children as victims of war during armed conflict. A recent development is the involvement of children as combatants during times of armed conflict. Various international humanitarian laws have attempted to provide protection for such children. The paper pays particular attention to the role of the International Criminal Court in this respect, and uses the first ever judgement regarding recruitment of child soldiers handed down by the Special Court for Sierra Leone, on 31 May 2004, as a case study. Ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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