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No. 114 Legal Framework to Protect the Rights of Children in Armed Conflict

March 3, 2021
Program Advisor
Kiyomi Takano

Introduction

 Children living in conflict-affected countries are deprived of their rights to education and medical care, and their human rights are constantly under threat including being forced to work as soldiers[1]. Under what kind of international law should the rights of children be protected? The purpose of this article is to assist readers interested in the legal framework to protect the rights of children in armed conflict, by focusing on international conventions related to the rights of children living in armed conflict, summarizing the conventions that protect children from harm in armed conflict and discussing the age range of children to be protected, based on materials[2] from the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict.

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