The International Journal of Children’s Rights 5: 1–46, 1997. 1 c 1997 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands. Armed conflict: The protection of children under international law CAROLYN HAMILTON and TABATHA ABU EL-HAJ In the twentieth century, children have increasingly become the direct and indirect victims of armed conflict. The twentieth century has also seen the rise of the concept of children’s rights, most recently encoded in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Neither humanitarian law (including the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions of 1977) nor human rights law has managed, as yet, to reduce the suffering and involvement of children in armed conflict. In 1994 Grac¸a Machel was appointed as an expert to head a UN Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children. The report of this study was presented to the UN General Assembly on November 8th 1996. 1 The question for the Machel study, for which a version of this paper was originally written, was to discover a means by which children may be protected from armed conflict. Our task was to look at the relevance and adequacy of existing legal
The International Journal of Children's Rights – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1997
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