Source: (2010) In, Sharanjeet Parmar, et. al, eds., Children and transitional justice: Truth-telling, accountability and reconciliation. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. pp. 1-30.

This chapter considers a number of the issues and debates in the fields of child rights and transitional justice, drawing primarily on international documents and responses to identify points of mutual concern and common ground. Transitional justice has only recently focused on child victims and witnesses and on the involvement of children in processes of accountability, truth-seeking and reconciliation. In 2002, at the time of the entry into force of the Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the publication of the study International Criminal Justice and Children,4 the relevance of children within international criminal justice was questioned: “Why children? What do children have to do with international justice?” Today children are understood to be essential to the debate. (excerpt)


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