© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/092755607X20651 International Journal of Children’s Rights 15 (2007) 219–249 T HE I NTERNATIONAL J OURNAL OF C HILDREN ’ S R IGHTS www.brill.nl/chil Moving from Words to Action in the Modern ‘Era of Application’: A New Approach to Realising Children’s Rights in Armed Conflicts Perinaz Kermani Mendez Abbreviations CAC Children and Armed Conﬂict DPKO Department of Peacekeeping Operations ECOSOC Economic and Social Council IHL International Humanitarian Law NGO Non-governmental Organization UN United Nations UNDP United Nations Development Programme UNHCHR United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNICEF United Nations Children’s Fund UNIFEM United Nations Development Fund for Women 1. Introduction The impact of war on children is all too familiar. From the physical consequences of death and disability, to the psychological effects of losing family members and other supportive social structures, armed conﬂicts devastate young people’s lives around the world. In the last decade, two million children have died in conﬂicts, another six million permanently injured, and over 14 million have been forcibly displaced. 1 Additionally, children continue to serve in 75% of current armed 1) Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General
The International Journal of Children's Rights – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
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