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. 366-401.

The chapter considers the complementary role that transitional justice processes can play in promoting and shaping the realization of economic justice for children. First, it addresses the relationship between human rights and development and presents the international legal framework that obliges states – and correspondingly, transitional justice processes – to prioritize the realization of the full range of children’s rights in post-conflict recovery efforts and institutional reforms. Next, it explains how war-related rights violations can leave children vulnerable to further exploitation and abuse in the aftermath of war, and demonstrates the potential benefits of economic justice for post-war social recovery and reintegration of children. The destabilizing effect of failing to address economic justice for children is also examined. The final section considers how transitional justice mechanisms can influence and complement measures to realize economic justice for children in post-conflict societies. (excerpt)

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