Child Soldiers Responses

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Evaluate the effectiveness of legal and non-legal responses to child soldiers Legal and non-legal responses to child soldiers have been remarkably effective in establishing a broad agreement that armed forces are unsuitable places for children. Although is clear that many armed groups have not joined this agreement. Tens of thousands of children have continued to be exploited and recruited by such groups, to be put at risk of death, injury and sexual violence. Changing this problem requires a critical analysis of the limits of existing approaches and the development of strategies to address underlying causes of the problem. A child soldier is anyone under the age of eighteen who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force…show more content…
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), is one of the most important international human rights treaties now all but universally adopted, included Article 38, which state parties recognize the right of the child to be protected from economic exploitation and from performing any work the is likely to be hazardous or to interfere with the child’s education. 193 countries, including Sierra Leone, have ratified or have attempted to ratify, this International law into their legal system. Effectiveness of this treaty has initiated the international recognition of the human rights issue. Another legal response is the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (1998), establishes a permanent court to try persons charged with committing war crimes. Effectiveness of The Rome Statute remains increasingly difficult to enforce and its jurisdiction to prosecute individuals violating International Law endures complications due to the lack of an “International Police Force” to arrest and detain any Sierra Leonean
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