Children and conflict

The UN and the protection of children affected by armed conflict: how States curtail a multi-stakeholder, dialogue-based approach

The situation of children affected by armed conflict (CAAC) has been one of the UN’s priorities when engaging with the parties to the conflict in South Sudan. Since 2012, several action plans were adopted within the UN’s CAAC framework, in order to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children and other violations. In …

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Open for comment: ICC OTP’s Draft Policy on Children

Last week, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”), Mrs Fatou Bensouda, published a draft Policy on Children for comment. The Policy once finalised and adopted, will help guide the Office of the Prosecutor (“Office”) in its efforts to address international crimes under the Rome Statute against or affecting children, as well as the Office’s interaction …

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UN Secretary General’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict

Earlier this week, the  UN Secretary General’s annual report on children and armed conflict was published. The report covered grave violations against children in the period January to December 2015. The report reports serious challenges in many areas of the world, especially those experiencing protracted armed conflicts such as Somalia, Afghanistan, Syria and South Sudan. …

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News Roundup – 25 November 2013

Human Rights Watch: War Crimes by Ex-Seleka Rebels in Central African Republic UNICEF says 6,000 child soldiers fighting in Central African Republic Unbroken Violence in Congo Oxford Research Group report: Children ‘targeted by snipers’ in Syria conflict Six rebel factions unite in Syria Myanmar armed groups meet in Thailand

News Roundup – 18 June 2013

Terror tactics making children more vulnerable during conflict, UN officials (see here for full statement by the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict). Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre: Non-conventional armed violence and non-State actors: challenges for mediation and humanitarian action (see here for summary and see here for full report). Assessing Public Support for Arming Syria’s …

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