Child Soldiers: The Role of Children in Armed Conflict. A Study for the Henry Dunant Institute…

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byIlene Cohn, Guy S. Goodwin-Gill

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1994 is the International Year of the Family, and debates about the rights of the child are once again at the top of the national and international legal and political agenda. Yet in places of armed conflict all over the world tens of thousands of children are recruited to fight in bloodyconflicts, and their rights are systematically ignored and abused. In this path-breaking study, Professor Goodwin-Gill and Dr Cohn assess the status of the Child Soldier in international law and highlight the ways in which international humanitarian law fails to provide effective protection, particularly in the internal conflicts which are the most commonbattlefields today. Based upon empirical data gathered from places of conflict all over the world, the authors examine the consequences for child soldiers, their families and community of their participation in armed conflict. They conclude their study with practical suggestions for preventingrecruitment, and call for a more coherent policy of treatment for those children who have participated in acts of violence. This report, on behalf of the Henri Dunant Institute, in Geneva, is a timely and much-needed contribution to a growing debate about the role of children in armed conflict.

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In this path-breaking study, Professor Goodwin-Gill and Dr. Cohn assess the status of the Child Soldier in international law and highlight the ways in which international humanitarian law fails to provide effective protection, particularly in the internal conflicts which are the most common battlefields today.

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1994 is the International Year of the Family, and debates about the rights of the child are once again at the top of the national and international legal and political agenda. Yet in places of armed conflict all over the world tens of thousands of children are recruited to fight in bloodyconflicts, and their rights are systematically i...

Ilene Cohn is at University of Amsterdam. Guy S. Goodwin-Gill is at University of Amsterdam.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:238 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198259328

ISBN - 13:9780198259329

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In this path-breaking study, Professor Goodwin-Gill and Dr. Cohn assess the status of the Child Soldier in international law and highlight the ways in which international humanitarian law fails to provide effective protection, particularly in the internal conflicts which are the most common battlefields today.

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`'long-overdue study...an invaluable addition to the body of information available to those such as lawyers, psychologists and policy-makers concerned with the plight of child soldiers and with the search for realistic responses and solutions to their problems.''Child and Family Law Quarterly