Posted by: unhcragd | September 3, 2009

UN Security Council Breaks New Ground to Protect Children in War

Helicopter Drawing - Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict

Helicopter Drawing - Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict

The UN Security Council recently adopted a new landmark resolution 1882 on children and armed conflict which calls upon the Secretary-General to expand his “list of shame” beyond those who recruit and children as soldiers to those who kill, maim and perpetrate sexual violence against children in wartime.

“This is a major step forward in the fight against impunity for crimes against children and a recognition of the reality of conflict today, where girls and boys are increasingly targeted and victimized, killed and raped as well as recruited into armed groups.”  said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy.

Resolution 1882 advances child protection in other ways, including through:

  • a reaffirmation of the Security Council’s intention to employ sanctions against persistent perpetrators of violations against children and a stronger cooperation between the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict and Security Council Sanctions Committees;
  • a call to countries to utilize national and international justice mechanisms, criminal courts and tribunals to bring perpetrators of violations to justice;
  • a commitment of the Security Council to follow up on all its requests and recommendations put forward in previous resolutions, Presidential Statements and Security Council Working Group decisions.

Click here for more information from the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

The resolution.

A letter from Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy to the High Commissioner concerning the adoption of the resolution.

Below is a 2007 CBS news report profiling Ishmael Beah, former child soldier in Sierra Leone’s civil war and author of “A Long Way Gone”.

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